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I have just had a stand up, knock you on your ass fight, over $32.
I kidd you not, $32.
But to be fair, I'm a bit precious when it comes to peeps charging, or over-charging, and it doesn't really matter whether it is $5, $500 or $5000. It's the principal of the matter.
Anyway, it goes like this:
I was out the other night, and since I don't drink alcohol, was drinking Virgin Mojito's.
A Mojito is a delicious decoction of soda water, lime, granulated sugar, fresh mint leaves and white rum.
The Virgin variety doesn't have rum.
But is still super delicious.
So I had a couple of those.
When we went to pay after dinner, I queried the bill. Why was I being charged $32, for two, non-alcoholic drinks?
Because....and wait for it...It was still a Mojito.
I paid the bill and just walked away as that was a full on, over-the-top glaringly obvious piss take.
Anyhou, moving right along, you will be wondering, how did I possibly end up having a fight about it later then?
Excellent question, 99!
I was having a chat to a new, almost friend today, who works in the hospitality industry, and I mentioned the $32 charge.
And he said, Well, it was a lot cheaper than a plumber or lawyer?
Well, you're being very unreasonable. Maybe they were having a bad day. Maybe someone close had died. The hospitality industry has been hit really hard, and they still have all their expenses that they need to cover, like rent, wages, electricity, just to name a few. There is also a high chance, that almost 60% of the hospitality industry will close it's doors. You should have cut them some slack.
More silence, while I had a small internal tussle of nice girls are not antagonistic and argumentative to nice guys who are trying to get to know them.
Wait one little, teensy, tiny momemt.
I'm really sorry that your industry has been hit hard, but that does not give you the right to over charge me. And that was a piss take. And if they were having a bad day, well, I'm sorry for that too, but I'm not their therapist. When they come to work they leave their personal stuff at the door. If they cannot do that, then that is your responsiblity as their boss, to then sort it out. Not mine. Or my pocket. You. And there have been lots of businesses that have been hit hard. But this is the difference between the men and the boys. Some businesses are really showing up. Being better to their clients, putting more effort in and generally standing up and being counted.
I took a breath.
Has it ever occurred to you though, that if 60% of your industry is facing closure, then it is because when you guys needed to show up, you didn't.
No surprises for guessing how that conversation ended, but it's true.
Wishing you much love and abundance and a truly courageous heart.
T and Spirit