Posted on June 16th, 2008
Some classic poor English at a restaurant I went to over the weekend in Shibuya, Tokyo. Okay, I think it does convey the point that you have to pay for your meal at the time of ordering. But still, for a restaurant in cosmopolitan downtown Tokyo, I think we can do better. Even a literal translation of the Japanese (“advance payment system”) would be better than what they have!
Shock English: advance pay the price
Correct English: Please pay in advance