Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Back in olden times when I had some money to spend, I visited a very chic shop in Maryland, where I tried on a beautiful pair of black velvet pants. They fit perfectly, so I went to the register to pay for them.
I knew there would be a problem as soon as I saw the woman working at the cash register. I had encountered her before. She was an older German lady with a very strong accent. I'm quite positive she was a member of the SS during World War II.
Magda was always perfectly dressed, coiffed, and nasty.
She looked down her Aryan nose at me as I presented her with the pants and my credit card.
She ran my card through the machine and shouted for everyone in the store to hear, IT ISSSSSSS DECLINED!
It can't possibly be declined, I said politely. I pay my bill every month.
Nevertheless, IT ISSSSS DECLINED! Magda screeched yet again.
I didn't know what to do. If I slinked out of the store with my tail between my legs, would it look as if my card really wasn't any good? Embarrassed, I dug my check book out of my purse and paid for the pants.
When I got home, I called my credit card company. The company representative told me immediately that my card shouldn't have been declined. Then she investigated to find out what was wrong.
It seemed Magda had put in the wrong code when she ran my card through the machine. She didn't know her very own code.
I called the store owner and told her how Magda had embarrassed me and what she had done wrong. She said, Believe me. I've heard if before. I'll have her call you to apologize.
Magda called and said immediately, I apologizzzzzze, but I don't know vy. I didn't do anything wrong.
I hung up and never went back to that store.
I don't know why Magda kept her job there, but perhaps she threatened the owner with whips and chains. Before long, the store went out of business.
What a shame that a nice shop seemed to be held hostage by one rude employee.
The good news is that I loved those pants. They were very comfortable, and I wore them for years.
Infinities of love,
I'm afraid there are many rude people in the world! You did the right thing by complaining. I do belive if more of us were willing to take the time and trouble to politely complain the world would be a better place!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pat. It's important to speak up and not allow people to walk all over us.Delete
Nothing beats a good pair of pants. :)ReplyDelete
That is the most shit apology I have ever heard.ReplyDelete
I've heard many "blame the victim" apologies; most of them came from public school principals.Delete
I had visions of her asking you why your card was declined & then telling you, "Ve have vays of making you talk!"ReplyDelete
That's funny, fishducky.Delete
Several years of good pants probably trumps one bad experience. Besides which, you can probably comfort yourself in knowing she was probably dragged before the Nuremburg Trials a long time ago. :)ReplyDelete
I'm just surprised she wasn't executed then and there.Delete
That is so strange that they would keep her when the owner had 'heard it before.' She MUST have had something on her!ReplyDelete
Ha ha...I apologize, but I don't know why! I'll have to try that line out on someone :)
Yeah, I don't know what the deal was. It's difficult to understand why businesses keep lousy employees, but as I sad, that shop closed after a while. I'm sure that Magda chased away many customers.Delete
Maybe she was the poor store owner's mother-in-law.ReplyDelete
Hi Janie .. these things happen - it's always a 'shock' .. glad you enjoyed wearing the trousers (as we call them!) for many a year .. sad story though. Susan's comment could be right ... and I always think they've got more problems than me .. so I coax them to be nice. Poor store owner though ...ReplyDelete
Dear Janie, an English journalist--whose name I can't remember--wrote a book several years ago about the lack of civility in the Unites States. I wonder sometimes if that's happened because of the raucous talk shows during the day on television. Or if this is a chicken and an egg situation. Peace.ReplyDelete