Scene: Sports apparel store in mall. My mom wants to buy a shirt and is debating the merits of the various sports teams. In English. By the way, my mom is completely fluent in English and has no discernible accent.
Clerk: Hey, are you guys Japanese? I took Japanese in college. We have Fukudome t-shirts.
Me: Gee, that’s great you took Japanese. No wonder you can pronounce “Fukudome.”
Price of the t-shirt Mom bought (for a hockey team): $24.
Look on the clerk’s face: Priceless.
(For the record, my mother wanted a Pippen shirt. On the way home, she talked at great length about how Michael Jordan’s superstardom was in part due to Pippen’s team spirit and talents.)