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    Shady Dealings Will Pay A High Price

    | Israel | Employees, Language & Words, Liars/Scammers, Money

    (I am in an appliance store in Israel. I am a 19-year-old American girl, and the two salesmen are older Russian men. We are all speaking to each other in heavily accented Hebrew, so it is extremely clear that I am an American and they are Russian. I happen to know some Russian as well, but you wouldn’t think so because I seem completely American.)

    Me: “How much is this fan?”

    Salesman #1: *in Russian* “Should we charge her [normal price]?”

    Salesman #2: *in Russian* “No, no. Let’s charge her [very high price].”

    (Salesman #1 is now glancing at me unsurely. I continue to smile somewhat expectantly, as if I’m cluelessly still waiting for their final answer.)

    Salesman #1: *in Russian* “Umm, what if she understands us?”

    Salesman #2: *in Russian* “Nah, she’s just some dumb American girl! We’ll give her [high price]. She doesn’t understand us.”

    Me: *in Russian* “I understand.”

    (Both salesman looked they were going to melt into the floor. They ended up selling me the fan at a nice cheap price!)