I just don’t get it…

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To quote the great Pearl Smooter from Sweet Home Alabama, “Don’t get me started on the things I don’t understand”, because frankly I would be here all day. But since we’re chatting I’d like to share a few with you.

I don’t understand why people rush at the airport departure gate to get on the plane. It’s not like we’re all fighting to get a seat. Check your boarding passes people, there’s a special seat saved just for you!

I don’t understand why people waiting for a lift stand so close to the doors. AND then don’t move when people getting off the lift need to get out. Seriously people the lift isn’t going to disappear into thin air before you can get in. Get out of the way and give the people getting off SOME ROOM.

I don’t understand why some people feel the need to destroy other people’s property or public property. How about I get something from your house and set it on fire, or cover it in spray paint. You wouldn’t like that so much I bet.

I don’t understand how my husband thought I’d find the following conversation amusing:

Hubby: You’ve done well throughout this pregnany, just big a beach ball tummy.

Me: Yeah I haven’t put on that much weight, but my bum’s a big bigger.

Hubby: What do you mean? You always had a big bum.

Yes my husband is hilarious. Pfft, men.

Anyway! And now to the point of this post. Yes don’t be so surprised, there is a point, it’s just that my mushy baby brain isn’t working as per usual at the moment.

I don’t understand why people think it’s ok to short change you for something you’ve paid for. Let me tell you a story. The other week my friend went for a 1 hour massage that her hubby had bought her for her birthday. Her appointment was at 5pm. She arrived at 4.50pm. The massage therapist finally came and got her about 5.10pm. Then left her to change and get organised. By the time she came back it was about 5.15pm/5.20pm.

Then at 6pm the massage therapist said to my friend, ok time to turn over. She snuck a look at the clock, noticed it was 6pm and thought oh good I’ve probably got another 15 minutes or so, and she was looking forward to the scalp massage. Nope, she was wrong. “Ok” said the massage therapist, “all done”.

Hmmph thought my friend, that wasn’t an hour. As she got dressed and made her way out to reception she contemplated saying something to the receptionist, but the massage therapist followed her out there and then there were other people in the waiting room. When she got home and told her hubby, she thought about calling them, but then wondered what good it would do.

Unfortunately I’ve had the exact same thing happen to me, but at a different place. And it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s many many other people with the same complaint. If the massage therapist was running late, then that’s not the clients fault. If you pay for an hour, then you should get an hour. No questions about it.

On the other side of the coin, I had a body treatment at a spa once and when I went to the reception counter after the treatment the lady said, ‘Oh I’m sorry the therapist seems to have finished about 20 minutes early, here’s a voucher for a 30 minute facial’. I nearly fell over!

Noone likes to feel like they’ve been ripped off, but it can also be hard to say something without feeling like you’re causing a fuss.

So, if you had’ve been in my friends shoes would you have said something? Have you ever had a similar experience and said something or not said something?

  • Jane
    August 16, 2010

    Oh, Ami. This post sums up exactly how I’m feeling this morning. I just don’t get some of the stupid things people do. Especially in terms of ripping you off, being unreliable etc.

    About 6 weeks ago, I ordered something online. They said it would arrive between 2-4 weeks. 6 weeks and 5 phone calls later, WHERE IS THE SHIT THAT I ORDERED?! I called this morning (and put my angry customer voice on, seeing as I’d already called 4 times), to see what the deal was. Of course, I was told to expect a call back. I’m betting I won’t be receiving that phone call.

    I’m not usually a big complainer. If I’d been shortchanged for a massage, like your friend, I probably would’ve let it slide then come home and complained to my boyfriend about it for days! I am impatient though, and if something takes too long (i.e. my online order, waiting at a restaurant for an hour, that kind of stuff), I will generally pipe up.

    Grr. This kind of stuff makes me angry. Reading over my comment again, I’m not even sure if it’s relevant to your post! But the point is, like you, there are SO many things that I just don’t get! x

  • Jodie at Mummy Mayhem
    August 16, 2010

    More and more over the years I have learnt that there’s no point *not* saying anything. You have nothing to lose. If you feel you’re short-changed or didn’t get what you asked for – ask for it. The worst that could happen is they’ll say ‘no’.

    I’m so with you on the lift thing – why the heck do people do that?!

  • nomie
    August 17, 2010

    You know what I don’t get? People rushing to stand up and wait to get off a plane… when the doors have not even been opened! Seriously people… what’s the great big rush to stand in a squished line in a plane that has NO OPEN DOORS???

    OK, moving on… I’m with Jodie, what have you got to lose? Say something… if you pay for it, you’re entitled to it. All of it.

    As for lifts… yeah what’s with that?

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