Monday, March 9, 2009
I hope this incident isn't an omen for the upcoming camping season.......... I was deeply involved sorting tools and screws and various nails and such when the buzzer announced a customer. Wall-E began his high-pitched yapping and the other two joined in. Wall-E hasn't experienced a busy season yet and it will take some time to train him (and, no, not with one of those collars that shock him every time he barks!). I know full well how annoying it is, but he is still very young and learning. Oscar and Emmy pretty much ignore the buzzer unless I don't respond quickly and some one uses the bell on the counter--I kind of like that. They will also bark if any one raises their voice to me and I respond with a certain tone--like that, too. Wall-E will learn, this is just new to him. Back to the "gentleman" awaiting my attention. He is dressed like Lance Armstrong in his biking gear. He has the bicycle helmet with a light and small mirror attached to it. He asks if I have an off-season rate for tent camping. I don't, because I keep my showers open year round as well as all the amenities of the park with the exception of the pool. He looks at me disgustedly and says he will have to think about it; leaving me wondering if he is disgusted with the price or me. Whatever, I go back to my sorting marathon thinking he has mounted his trusty bicycle and pedalled away. I also have a chat with Wall-E about his behaviour. Not ten minutes later the buzzer sounds again. Same man, same expression on his face, same yapping of Wall-E with Oscar and Emmy joining in to complete the chorus. The door to the store is a half door so it was, I admit, pretty loud. I managed to shush the two older dogs as I entered the store, but Wall-E wasn't inclined to obey me (yet). He says he has decided to stay and I hand him a registration form. "You need to do something about those dogs" he says. I apologize and say that one is a puppy and hasn't acclimated to the buzzer yet. To which he sneers, "Dogs are only good for annoying people and shitting everywhere." For a moment I am stunned. I know what I would like to say....but he is the customer and the customer is always right...... I guess my voice took on that 'tone' because Oscar joins Wall-E with his vicious bark. I finished the transaction, took the man's money and locked the store. The restrooms probably could use freshening since they haven't been used for about a month, but I don't even go check the paper supplies. Instead I sit down and cuddle all my four legged babies. What a jerk! Wall-E has his own blog so that he can keep in touch with his true owner, my grandson. There is a link here--check it out.