Scene begins with a woman named Irene, sitting down in a typical mamak environment reading a tabloid magazine and expresses disgust by the gossip magazine.
She puts it away
Waiter from the Mamak shop walks by and she calls out to him to make an order
(Waves) Excuse me, erm Teh O Ice satu.
Teh O Ice satu ar? Makan?
Makan…. Cheese Naan satu la.
Okay Boss, Teh O Ice satu dan Cheese Naan satu.
Waiter writes on a small sheet of paper and leaves it on the table. She notices the term ‘Boss’
(Chuckles) I always get the kick of it when the word “Boss” as a respond by waiters here, and we call them boss too. What is interesting however, regardless of the jobs people have, they still call the waiter boss! Weird…. But yet it kinda makes everyone equal, like that guy who is talking on his phone out loud while digging his nose, and he is still a boss! After years of observations of my own, I think I can break it down into categories of ironies displayed clearly in the Calling term boss between people and the mamak shop workers. Like so –
-Lights background fades out from her and lights appear on other customers (Businessman & Two teenagers) calling out the waiter by shouting “Boss (making an order)” and waiter shouts aloud “Okay Boss!” Lights fade out and focuses back to Irene.-
Why is it ironic? Because everyone is a bloody boss in the Mamak! I give you the digging nose man, well dressed and talking out loud about business and he’s sitting right next to me.
-Lights fade out from Irene. Lights appear on a typical looking businessman digging his nose while talking on the phone-
This is what you call, Boss Vs Boss. My guess is that he is among the top businessman in his company who bosses people around for real in the working life. (pause) I already hate you.
Businessman sitting down on a mamak table, aggressively talking on the phone
As far as I am concern la, as long as it is a win win situation it will be good for us.
Oh so it won’t benefit you?
(Laughs) Don’t worry I will call my assistant to come all the way and type his calculator to count the earnings! Don’t worry la you!
Pause. Waiter comes.
Mamak waiter: Boss, mau minum apa?
Business man signals the mamak waiter to wait for him.
Eh you don’t try to do anything funny la okay. I pay my assistant so even if it takes him an hour to come to where I am now, he will come. Who are you to order me around?
Pause. Waiter waits patiently
You won’t get profit from the deal? Well then that is your problem la then, I have a family to feed you know! 100,000 ringgit worth if this deal goes well. If I lose it, I only get 10,000 bucks how do you expect me to feed my family?!
(Cynically laughs) Hah,feed your family a supply of food made from crystal?!
Call me when you really want to do business!
Hangs up and attends to the waiter
Bagi saya Teh Tarik Satu Boss!
Teh Tarik satu ah boss? Makan apa boss?
Makan ar? Makan angin la! Ada boss? Makan Angin? (laughs)
Waiter is confused, lights fade out
Disgusting behavior. Its funny that to the person he bullies, he calls the waiter a boss nonetheless. Kinda ironic. There was no mocking tone in the word boss, just a simple calling term of Boss! I do hope that the waiter does show who is boss when he gives him the food he wants
Lights are back on between the two, with a fan blowing at the businessman’s face and the waiter holding the fan shouting
Makan lah angin! Makan makan!!!
Which I highly doubt would happen. Damn!
Lights fade out
I am amazed by how these waiters tolerate the worse of the worst kind. Lets face it, mamak places are the cheapest place so therefore they would meet anyone and anykind of personality! Including these kids, a case of Rebel Vs The Boss
Lights fade in with two teenagers laughing
Are you serious ar? He said that to you. Woah, memang dia ingat he gangster la. Gila ar, doesn’t he know who Adri is man? Jeeez. (sips his drink)
Exactly bro! I was going to pukul him and teach him a few things, and muka dia bro, takut gila kot. Dah la buruk macam gorila. Have you seen his chick? She’s pretty hot man, what is she doing with an ugly dude like him.
I also don’t know la bro, apparently she says he’s nice la.
Both pauses and looks at each other, and burst into laughs.
Duuude, I’ve got a car of my own. We both can get any chick faster than anyone can even say Kuala Lumpur.
Yeah man. I second that anytime.Yup, we don’t take orders around and we shall hail no one else as leaders. That’s what that dude should have learned from you.
Waiter comes with a plate of Maggi Goreng
Eh Boss! Boss!
Pauses with Irene’s Narrating voicing over
Ironic! (Cynical tone)
Apa ini Boss?? Saya cakap tak nak sayur boss! Apa la boss!
Waiter stunned, apologizes and negotiates.
Ah boss, sorry boss. Makan saja la boss. Sayur itu bagus.
Apa sayur bagus bagus, kita customer kami mintak la boss. Kawan saya Melvin ini minta tak nak sayur, kamu mesti kasi maggi, no sayur!
Ya la boss, saya dah la allergic to sayur
Classic excuse. What is noticeable is that a bunch of students scolding.. A BOSS. How often does that situation actually ever happen? Answer is, Ignorantly often enough
Dah la dah la boss, kamu ambik ini balik. Give my friend Maggie goreng, no sayur! Understand?
The two Boys shaking their heads on the waiter, with complain gestures. Waiter walks away with the food. Lights fade out.
Again, my imagination runs wild for social justice
Waiter holding both teenagers shoving vegetables (particularly broccoli) in their mouths and both teenagers shouting
Why didn’t you just spit in our food! (panic)
The waiter turns both their heads towards him
If you both had that idea in your head, then it is most likely you would be the one spitting in people’s food if you worked as waiters. Not me.
That would be sweet victory, again. I highly that would happen. Ever
Lights fade out
Lights fade in to Irene. She sits on her table with her finished cheese naan and teh o ice. She sighs and wonders. She takes her last sip of her drink and calls the waiter.
Excuse me, Ane! (waves)
Saya nak bayar eh, berapa semua?
Ada dalam bill ini sudah tulis, semua sekali 4 ringgit boss!
(chuckles) Panggil saya Irene. (smiles) What is your name?
Nama saya Ravi.
Okay Ravi, here’s 5 ringgit. Simpanlah.
She gives a warm friendly smile, grabs her belongings and walks away. Waiter walks to put the money in the cashier, turns and say
Thank you BOSS!!
Irene stops slightly stunned, and cynically laughs. She shrugs.