Once I had skin rashes and really made me uncomfortable at night so I decided to take my bicycle and headed to the nearest pharmacy from where I live to get cream or ointment. When I arrived at the pharmacy I was surprised to see flip flops and shoes outside and thought “wow, good idea to maintain cleanliness!” All customers must leave their shoes, slippers or flip flops outside while purchasing medicines and some stuff that the pharmacy sells. So to conform their manner I arranged mine near the sliding door somewhat away from the rest (I guess there were 4 pairs) so it would be easy for me to locate them when I’m done inside.
When I was ready for home I was totally shocked to see one black muddy boots outside the door and no more flip-flops! My flip-flops were gone! I waited for few minutes hoping whoever took it just ‘borrowed’ it for a while, but it was the owner of the boots who came, took the boots, just left and gave me stoical glance. I was left on bare feet and decided to go home hopelessly. I treaded softly towards my bicycle because the concrete ground was warm from summer sun and quite rocky.
Along my way home, some people stared at me and my friends laughed when they saw me pedaling my bike with no flip flops. Even the road construction workers smiled when they noticed my bare feet on pedals. It made me smile too though because it was a different and unexpected experience. At the same time I was a little upset because my flip-flops were new and my bike pedals hurt!
Tsk Tsk! Leaving flip flops or shoes outside shops is not a good idea at all… or maybe good to the shop owners but not to customers. Beware when you visit some shops and temples in Thailand that don’t allow shoes inside. I’d suggest carry them with you or put them in your bag. 😀