Sunday, 4 December 2016

LINKS, CHAINS, AND PAINS...



The attitude of some people often astounds me, and the following story is a perfect  example of  just what I'm talking about.  Almost ten years back, I worked in a watch repair shop.  At one time, after I'd left their employ, myself and a friend were in negotiations to buy the business, but eventually pulled out of the deal as the incompetent owners couldn't get their act together (though I'll bet that's not what they told the person they eventually sold it to).  But I digress.

One day, a women I knew came into the shop looking to have links removed from a chain bracelet of some kind.  The standard charge for this particular procedure was £7.99, but because she was a member of a church I'd once attended when younger, after I'd completed the task, I smiled  at her and said "Just give me two quid."

The manageress was in that day observing proceedings, so I was quite prepared to make up the £6 discount out of my own pocket simply to do the woman a good turn.  She looked taken aback, and grudgingly started to reach for her purse.  Noticing her scowl, I asked "What's up, Margaret?  You're not looking too happy."  "I think you've got a cheek asking for that" she responded.  It was now my turn to be taken aback.  "Well, considering the fact that I'm letting you off with nearly six quid, I don't understand your attitude.  Remember, we're running a business here, not a charity!" 

Anyway, she paid up and left, but the experience left a bad taste in my mouth.  Had she expected me to do it for nothing merely because we were acquainted?  If I'd worked in Asda, would she have expected  me to wave her through the checkout with a box of biscuits without charging her?  Who goes into a shop looking for goods or services without expecting to pay?  I'm still staggered by her attitude.

No doubt when relating her version of events to her friends, I'd have been painted as the bad guy.  It brings to mind the old saying - "No good deed goes unpunished."

Too true, mate - too bleedin' true.   

6 comments:

John Pitt said...

A couple of quid ten years ago was nowt! No wonder you were taken aback! You should have said, "You're right, - I can't charge you two quid! That'll be £7-99, please!"

Kid said...

Should've done, JP, but was too gobsmacked by her ingratitude.

Colin Jones said...

And she was a member of a church ? Surely as a good Christian she should have been better behaved !!

Kid said...

Oh, there you go banging your church-bashing drum, CJ. Believe me, I encountered far worse attitudes than that in the shop from people who clearly weren't members of any church. She wasn't behaving like a ned, remember, she just seemed to expect me to fix her bracelet for nothing. I can guarantee that that sort of attitude isn't restricted to churchgoers.

Colin Jones said...

I never said it was, Kid !

Kid said...

And I never said you did, CJ! I also never said she was a good Christian.

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