Whilst on a business trip in China, a man wanted to buy some cheap electrical gifts for his children.
He quickly discovered what looked like a suitable shop and found a pair of iPods at a great price.
Naturally concerned that they may be cheap in more ways than one, he asked the shopkeeper what would happened if they did not work.
The shopkeeper excitedly pointed at what was the only sign in the shop that was written in English.
The sign said,
‘GUARANTEE NO SPOILT’.
The businessman was glad of the reassurance and duly paid for two iPods before returning to his hotel.
As soon as he reached his room he tried testing both of them.
Unfortunately, neither would even so much as switch on.
The businessman quickly returned to the shop and asked for either a refund or an exchange.
The shopkeeper laughed and refused both requests, pointing to the only sign written in English.
In broken English the shopkeeper said, ‘In case you forgot, we read from right to left in China.’