Monday, February 20, 2012

Assumptions

Here I sit, so annoyed. I was  having a good day. The sun is shining and I have had a nice hot shower (no, not in my shower)and I was about the business of touching up the wall paint job in the bathroom, awaiting the reservations for two sites that will be in residence for two months.

When the canine contingent gave the alert that there was a stranger among us, I put the lid on the paint and carefully stowed the brush. As I walked through to the store I saw that there was indeed a travel trailer being pulled by a truck and I saw the front end of anther truck. I assumed that my reservations had arrived. I opened the door and looked out to see that both trucks were minus drivers. Figured they may have gone straight to the restroom. I swept the store floor while I waited. Then I straightened up a bit and waited some more. Then I wondered if I had put the lid on the paint and went to check. On my way back I saw the men getting into the trucks and I rushed into the store and opened the storm door to let them know that the store was open. That is when they put on some speed and took off. The truck that had been blocked from my view had no trailer attached.

Then I remembered ............. I checked in a nice couple yesterday and put the in site 72. It was early evening and I was finishing a garment, then went in to cook supper. We ate and while watching TV, he, who was building a set of shelves all day, asked how many I had checked in. I told him just the one that I put on 72. "So, you didn't put anyone on 30?" I didn't respond, just gave him a meaningful look. I suggested that he take himself to the site and bang on the door and ask to see the registration. He left and I assumed that he did just what I said. He didn't. There was no-one there. The truck was unhooked and gone. He assumed that it was one of the reservations I was expecting today.

See a pattern emerge? You know what they say about assumptions .......... to assume is to make an 'ass' of 'u' and 'me'. The party making their hasty retreat was the party that was on site 30. I called he who was helping a stranded motorist. He assured me that he had recorded the licence plate number. I feel so much better knowing this. Wow, I have this information and I can obtain the address of the low-life that stole an evening's stay. I can send them a bill!! I just know they will be prompt and send me payment right away!

To add insult to injury, upon investigation, I found that they did make use of the men's room. They left a special calling card in the toilet bowl. Also left the light on. To further annoy me. It worked.

13 comments:

Joanne said...

The dirty rotten scoundrals. I'm fantasizing a gate. Call or come to the office for the key code to unlock. All the storage unit folks around here have had to install gates to the premises. Here over twenty years, and the last two have brought out every kind of thief.

Val said...

Surely there must be a way to report them, like drive-off gas thieves. You have the license number. They stole your services.

Sextant said...

is there any campground association that you can report these s--t heads to? Maybe if they find themselves blacklisted with no place to park their trailers when they pull s--t like this it might have a salutary effect on their honesty. Won't put any lost money in your pocket, but might keep you from loosing some if you had some referral site they would have to clear when they registered.

Mamma has spoken said...

Agree with Val, seems like you can get them like you do those who sped off without paying for gas.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Joanne- Gates won't work, they will just pull onto the grass and go around them and we have a vast frontage. It would cost a small fortune to fence it all in.

Val- State troopers go after traffic offenders, local law enforcement wouldn't pursue beyond the county line. It is $30, so it would cost more to sue them than it is worth. I am sure that they realize this when they park with no intention to pay.

Sextant- Local campground owners do alert each other if we think they are park hopping. I don't know that it would be worth the negative light it would shed on the campground to post it on a venue such as you are thinking. It is sometimes better let it be. I have vented here and I feel better!

Brian Miller said...

ugh that stinks....can you send them in to small claims if they dont pay?

Venom said...

Take a page from my mother's book Kathy - get the address, don't bother with a bill, just send them some doggy coils.
heh heh heh
Yeah, gross.

otin said...

People will try to take anything they can get these days.. That sucks.

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

What bastards that has really pissed me off you are not a charity as Val said they are no better the drive of petrol thieves........I hope you do get your money but will not hold my breath............

Linda O'Connell said...

So forget the whole hospitality thing, go out there and great them palm up, broom in other hand.

Sandi McBride said...

Gosh Kathy, you know I would never imagine anyone having the gall to do something like that...and I if they don't pay up, make sure to jog that memory of He Who Writes Down Tag Numbers and get a description of the "vehicles" so that if you have to go on Judge Judy to get your money (yes I would) you can tell her what they were driving and hauling!!!
hugs
Sandi

Jenny Woolf said...

Amazing the lengths some people will go to. Glad you've got the license plate anyhow.

Cathy said...

Hello Kathy
Seems like you get your fair share of funny ones - others have voiced some suggestions I came up with - its a pain in the whatsit for you whichever way you look at it but business is business and you can't knock it back can you.
Just thought I'd let you know that due to Blogger issues (can access but not post at Still Waters) I've decided to open a blog at Wordpress. Similar name - Cathy @ Still Waters, link is below, and would love to have you drop in from time to time
Take care
Cathy


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