Lately I've experienced some really crappy service (personally) and some really oustanding service (professionally), which has prompted to write this.
First the bad:
- A local cafe near me charges 70c for soy milk in coffee - 70c! The coffee has always been pretty expensive, but I noticed last weekend that they have now pushed the price of soy milk up as well. I won't go there anymore on principle alone - that's just overpriced (especially when the coffee isn't that great to start with). The staff aren't particularly nice (a bit too cool for school) and the space is small and cramped - so a big red cross for them.
- A city cafe that I go to regularly for morning coffees told me yesterday, when I dared to ask for a coffee to eat in at lunch time, that I couldn't do that if I wasn't having food because they just don't allow that at lunch time. WTF? You're a cafe. Yes, I understand that you're busy at lunch time and you want to make as much money as you can during the lunch rush. But seriously, taking up one seat at your communal table for 15mins while I drink my latte surely won't break the bank. I'll never go there again, even though there's a couple of vegan options on the menu...
- Supermarkets. I know I'm not alone here and I know the checkout people get paid crappy wages and usually get treated badly as well (my flatmate at Uni was a checkout girl so I've heard the stories). But it doesn't hurt to smile occasionally. I mean, how miserable is your life? I worked in crappy retail jobs to pay my way through Uni and I know it is much more bearable when you make the effort to be nice to people - it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside - and once a day of warm and fuzzy is usually enough to make the other not-so-nice stuff worthwhile.
- Also, supermarkets - if I bring my own bags I don't expect to fill them myselves - that's your job. Actually, I think the last point is more the fault of the supermarket management - they all spruik these 'green' policies, but very few enforce them or encourage their staff to.
So what about the good? I won't go into details, but it was basically simple things - easy things, like:
- People going out of their way to help me
- Prompt service
- An appreciation for the fact that we all need to ask for help sometimes