Adrienne has always found it easy to make friends. She was always the one who would volunteer to go up to a house to see if we were at the right location on a first visit to see someone. She does not get this from me! She is much like her Dad in that respect. I am a little more cautious, though after living with Drew for the past 35 years I am less so than I was at her age.
This past weekend hosted a full moon and with it came all the slightly deranged acts of the borderline sane. A family had come to use our swimming pool while staying at the state park several weeks ago and had made reservations to camp here this past weekend. She had stated a preference for a particular site and it was rented out to someone staying on a monthly basis in the meantime. This does happen from time to time and I offered another site for her tents as well as a separate site for her pop-up......... for the same amount she was going to pay for the one site. I was giving her a deal as it was, since she wanted to set up four tents. The woman who had come in to register was pacified with this and commented that the new site would fit their needs even better since her daughter was 6 months pregnant and the new location was closer to the bath house. Problem solved? Not so much.
After about 30 minutes or so, the family arrived in my store en masse. The store is not large and I was occupied with other folks trying to check in. They were unconcerned with the niceties involved with politely waiting to be helped and bullied their way to the counter. The lovely one with child was intent on a verbal attack and proceeded to berate me for what she deemed a miserable site. I offered to let them choose any other site in the park that was not currently occupied, I offered to refund their money......... She kept at it, though, and would not be appeased. What she wanted me to do was to move the tent off the site she wanted and I was unwilling to do that. I offered anything else, but she kept repeating that I had put them in the direct sun and that they would be miserable and that the only site that would be okay was the one I would not give her.
My protective daughter stood this as long as she could before asserting herself into the tirade and saying that I was trying to accommodate them. This didn't go over so well with the hormonal one who continued with her attack and finally asked why my daughter was concerned. "Because you are rude and you are being rude to my mother!" The husband even tried to pacify the woman and told me that they would go look at some other sites. In the midst of all this Adrienne had checked in another customer who was watching the side show and I assigned him to a site that was already spoken for.........
I was torn between the unreasonable pregnant woman and my daughter who was now shaking with frustration. I sent out love of my life to correct my mistake and the nice man moved to another site without a problem and even decided to stay another night. It has always been my experience that when someone makes an ass of themselves and I refuse to respond in kind, I end up with a little reward and they still look like an ass. Just a little observation.
The story doesn't end here. This family was here for over 2 hours looking at sites and berating me. My work campers showed up and seeing these people debating with each other in the parking lot offered assistance. They were also treated rudely. Finally they return to the office for a refund. As I was cheerfully completing this transaction, the deranged one with child began berating me once again. Now she was ticking off all the inconveniences I had caused her. They would have no pool, they would have to purchase a fishing licence, and it was costing them more to go stay at the state park. She wanted me to compensate them for all this........ I gave them a bag of ice.
As they were leaving (finally) Adrienne commented that if this was the way this woman was while pregnant that perhaps she should consider not becoming that way ever again.........