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No good deed goes unpunished

  1. Apr 11, 2005 #1

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    So I'm in the coffee shop today just about to place my order for my pomegranate-blueberry foo-foo latte thingy, when the guy ahead of me stops right in the middle of placing his order and bolts for the door. I see him dash across the street almost -but ah - not quite!! in time to keep the meter man from ticketing his car. He was arguing and pleading with the man, but obviously getting nowhere.

    In order to ring up my drink, the barrista had to first void out his order. She was having considerable difficulty doing this so I said "don't void that order, the guy's having a bad day- put his coffee on my bill." I figured he was sure to be back in a minute or two, he'd be in a horrible mood but this would be somewhat alleviated when much to his surprise the barrista would tell him that some stranger had already paid for his coffee. By then I'd be long gone, leaving a little sunshine & good karma in my wake. o:)

    Unfortunately, parking-ticket man never returned to the coffee shop. Somehow, the barrista got confused and put the coffee of the guy who was behind me on my card. The guy behind me was blind. He thinks I'm crazy, starts thrusting money back at me. Oh, great I thought - now he's probably upset because he thinks some strange, stupid woman has bought him coffee as some sort of sympathetic gesture because of his disability. :redface: Whatever the case, he doesn't seem to happy with me.

    The whole mix-up is holding up the line as I try to straighten everything out, going back and forth between the barrista and the man I just accidentally bought coffee for. The folks waiting in line, of course, were getting grumpy. :grumpy:

    Moral of the story? I'm not sure there is one. But I'm $3.25 poorer. And I am thinking that I will probably stay out of the good deeds business for the rest of the day.
     
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  3. Apr 11, 2005 #2

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    And it really sucks when all that happens before you've had a chance to drink the coffee you so desperately need to deal with such a situation! :tongue2:
     
  4. Apr 11, 2005 #3

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    Tell me about it! :rofl:

    well, I already went back on my word about no more good deeds for the day. I just found a stranded lady bug out in the hallway so I escorted her out to the balcony, and she flew off to freedom.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2005 #4

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    Oh, that reminds me, I should start working on my share of the list of names for the ants and skunks that will need to be named soon! :rofl:
     
  6. Apr 11, 2005 #5

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    Be thankful the guy behind you wasn't buying a Ferrari (they do sell those at Starbucks, don't they).
     
  7. Apr 11, 2005 #6

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    oh, yeah! It's Spring!!!
    Shoot, I guess there ain't much they don't sell these days. 'Bout like Amazon.com. :biggrin:
     
  8. Apr 11, 2005 #7

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    If ever there is an error by the vendor, they should make it up to the customer somehow. A week ago a friend and I ordered Chinese to go, and then went and bought groceries (okay, beer and wine) next door. We came back and the owner of the restaurant said a customer came in and inadvertently took our food--apparently the names were similar. It was rather funny, but then we had to sit and wait for our order to be prepared again. I thought maybe they would throw in something at no charge, but they didn't. Well, that's my business philosophy I guess...

    At least all went well for the lady bug... :biggrin:
     
  9. Apr 11, 2005 #8

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    I agree. At the Starbucks in the hospital, if they mess up an order and you have to wait for them to remake it, usually they'll give you a coupon for next time. Then again, they don't usually mess up my order because everyone who works there (except the one woman who just started last week) knows my name and my order (do you think I might drink too much coffee?). :biggrin:
     
  10. Apr 11, 2005 #9

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    HOW LAME!!

    You know it's actually a good thing if someone accidentally picks up Tribdog's order. Someone else gets the food with the spit it in, and the cooks probably can't be bothered to spit in his food twice. :biggrin:

    one hopes, anyway... :uhh:
     
  11. Apr 11, 2005 #10

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    MIH, that was priceless. :biggrin:
     
  12. Apr 11, 2005 #11
    I'm shocked you used the term "Barista".
     
  13. Apr 11, 2005 #12

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    Thanks, Evo. I am going to do my best to be completely inconsiderate and unhelpful for the rest of the day. Kindness is for suckers.

    er... that's not offensive, is it? :uhh:
     
  14. Apr 11, 2005 #13
    No - it's just a funny term. Like if McDonald's employees started calling themselves sandwich engineers.
     
  15. Apr 11, 2005 #14

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    Holy cow, that was you behind me in the line?

    Actually, I asked the meter man how come we were wasting so much money on him when there was real crime to be fought. He then wrote a ticket for the crack in the windshield, saying it was unsafe.

    Then I asked him if he was disabled from real crime fight. The police department only assigns the cripples and gimps to be metermen, right? He "accidently" brushed the headlight with his billy club and wrote a ticketfor a broken headlight.

    I told him I knew that was no accident and I'd make sure he was kicked off the force for that. He broke the tail light and wrote a ticket for the broken tail light.

    He asked me if I'd had enough. I looked around, then said "No, I guess not. You just don't intimidate me at all." He wrote a ticket for the worn tread on the tires.

    He asked me again "Had enough yet?" I saw my friend driving up the street, so I said, "Yeah, here comes my ride. Boy, that guy's really gonna be bummed when he sees how many tickets you gave him. Well, at least I tried to get him off. Win some, lose some, I guess. :rofl: "
     
  16. Apr 11, 2005 #15
    I can't even fathom someone doing that to coffee. :eek: .you know thats why the blind guy wanted nothing to do with you..he heard you order.
     
  17. Apr 11, 2005 #16

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    MIH, quit insulting the blind people!

    BobG, now I know where to send the tickets. :grumpy:

    When I was 19 and living with a roomate in a cheap apartment in LA, on one occasion we saw the neighbor beating on his wife. We ran over and grabbed the guy and threw him on the ground; only to be attacked by the wife!

    A young guy living in the same complex was thrown out by his father. When he came knocking on our door at midnight asking for a place to sleep, claiming that he had nowhere to go but the street, we let him sleep on the couch. When we woke up, he and the money from our wallets were gone.
     
  18. Apr 11, 2005 #17

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    Why were you expecting something out of the deal?

    That's bad karma isn't it?
     
  19. Apr 11, 2005 #18

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    SOS's restaurant story reminded me of this. I was in one of those "chain" Mexican restaurants in Houston and put a forkful of refried beans in my mouth, as I started to swallow I started to choke, I reached into my mouth and proceeded to pull a long piece of what appeared to be part of a plastic bag out of my throat. I called the waitress over and showed her what I had almost choked on and she asked "so, you want more beans?" A brush with death and all I get is an offer of more beans. :grumpy:
     
  20. Apr 11, 2005 #19

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    Oh m'gosh, BobG and Hypatia's posts made me laugh so hard! :rofl:

    Because we were inconvenienced due to their mistake. Yes, it is bad karma for the vendor. I doubt I'll go back again...
     
  21. Apr 11, 2005 #20

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    Nearly as bad, one of my friends had gotten some Chinese food from one of those food court places and found a bug in it. When she brought it back, they asked if she wanted a fresh plate of the same food! :yuck:
     
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