For the last four years I’ve worked on weekends in a small health food store. Part of my job is to assist customers who have questions about vitamins and supplements. I get a lot of satisfaction helping people who have various health challenges and after four years I thought I had seen everything.
Yet, a couple of weeks ago a customer came in with an unusual request. By his accent and appearance, I reckoned him to be from the Philippines. He wanted to know if we sold L-Glutathione soap and lotion. I knew that L-Glutathione is an amino acid produced in the liver and is a potent antioxidant. But I had never heard of it in soap or lotion form. I am not paid to be nosy and told the man I would check with my manager to see if we could get them.
Last weekend the customer returned and inquired if the Glutathione soap and lotion had come in. I apologized and told him that we had been unable to find a supplier of the two products. He was disappointed but ended up buying all the Glutathione capsules we had on the shelf. He also asked me to special order four more bottles.
A curious customer asked why he wanted so much Glutathione. The man laughed and said, “Glutathione make me white.” On seeing her confused look, he pointed at his dark brown arm.
“Make skin white.”
“But why do you want to be white?” she asked. “It’s so overrated.”
“No, no!” the man said. “White is very good.”