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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Two Random Receipts

Today I went to a hypermall in Petaling Jaya. I picked up two random receipts from the ground and thought that it'd be interesting to compare them later on. Here is the scan of the two receipts.


The text looks super tiny at this point, so you'll have to click on it to enlarge the image. (Or click here, for the PDF of the file)

Person A, on the left, has spent about RM50 and Person B, on the right, has spent about RM100. Maybe Person A is more frugal than Person B.

I thought that they might have some overlap, but Person A and Person B buy totally different items. Except perhaps for ikan bilis (anchovies) -- Person A buys a little, but Person B buys a lot.

Person A looks like s/he might be making bread or cookies soon. There's flour and sugar in that receipt. (14% of total bill). Person A also looks like s/he might be making some curry soon. There's ikan bilis, kunyit, curry powder. (11% of total bill) Spaghetti sauce is in there -- is there spaghetti on the menu? (9% of bill) Whatever it is, there's also squid and chicken drumsticks (35% of total bill). Person A also enjoys packet drinks (30% of total bill). No veggies and no fruits in there.

Person B obviously enjoys meat. There's salmon, beef liver, kembong fish, turkey drumstick, anchovies.(56% of total bill) Person B also enjoys fruits. There's sweet potato, pineapple, grapes, oranges, mandarins, and watermelon. (32% of total bill). Finally there's veggies to go along with the rest of the meal. I see onions, chillies, and french beans. (12% of total bill). No drinks in there, and everything seems quite heavy and healthy.

Maybe Person B is an older person, buying for a large family, while Person A is a younger person buying for a group of friends (or staying alone). It's just a guess.

Anyway, an interesting exercise in trying to see what other people buy. Don't we always wonder what other people buy? If nothing else, it just shows that different people buy different things. But they buy them for a similar purpose -- for food, for daily necessities, for vanity...

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