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Strange Name For A Chinaman

Story of Hans Olaffsen’s Laundry

A man walks through Chinatown and spots a building with a sign for “Hans Olaffsen’s Laundry.”

authentic chinese laundry“Hans Olaffsen?”, he thinks. “How in the world does that fit in here?”

He walks into the shop and sees an elderly Chinaman sitting in the corner.

The visitor asks, “How in the world did this place get a name like Hans Olaffsen’s Laundry?”

The old man answers “Is name of owner.”

The visitor asks “Well, who is the owner?”

“I am he,” answers the Chinaman.

“You? How did you ever get a name like Hans Olaffsen?”

He replies, “Many years ago when I come to this country, I was standing in line at Documentation Center.”

“Man in front of me was big blonde Swede. Lady look at him and go, ‘What your name?’ He say, ‘Hans Olaffsen.'”

“Next she look at me say, ‘What your name?'”

The Chinaman then told her “Sam Ting”