Ban cow pen!
Bang coo pen?
Bang cow pig!
Ban coo van?
Banh cua ban!
Bạn của bạn?
Whatever he is selling I don’t want to buy it. Especially at 05:55 on a Saturday.
I have, understandably, never laid eyes on him. I have only ever heard his, or maybe her, 120 decibel public address system.
From that sound alone I know he is pedaling a bicycle with a glass display box strapped on the back. He is selling street food and telling everyone all about it.
He no doubt has a set route that he follows. Unfortunately I happen to be part of his early Saturday morning routine.
As I lay in bed trying to figure out what was being announced, I got to wondering: did he have to record the message himself? Or is there somewhere you can buy these shouty message loops?
Could there be an entire cottage industry of artisans voicing these messages?
Then I started to delve deeper. Could you download these retail spiels onto your phone and hook it up somehow to an amp and speaker? Was it MP3? CD or good old fashioned audio cassette?
Did some poor soul have to sit and repeat themselves for an hour only for the tape recording to turn into spaghetti a month later?
I didn’t get back to sleep.
Look out for an update when I get to the bottom of this mystery.
UPDATE: See Ông Ban Cow Pen revealed video
UPDATE: He has now extended his product range. He’s now selling ‘Bang me now’!?!