Newspapers kiosk lady
Today morning I took a quick trip from my work office to the rented apartment in order to take a shit.
In front of the building there's a newspapers kiosk and I noticed there was only one piece left of the weekly magazine that I'm regularly buying for about 28 years now. Only I couldn't 100% tell it's this week's or last week since at this point I'm not always reading the front anymore, therefore I asked the old lady who's selling there if it's the recent one and at the same time took it in my hand and flipped a few pages up to the articles that I knew I read: if they're not there I'm buying it. (It happened enough times that I accidentally bought the last week's version, not like I'm losing a fortune if I'm paying it but it's annoying).
So anyways, I've been buying this magazine since about a year from this lady. And now, while I was looking over the pages (careful not to fold them or something), I hear this lady's angry voice in a high pitch that "this is not a mall supermarket where you touch the newspapers" and I should put it down immediately or buy it on the spot.
Looked at her perplexed for a few seconds, then put the newspaper down. Went up to the apartment and took the shit that was pending then gathered what old copies of the magazine I had around the house (about 10 of them) and went back downstairs.
Went back to her booth then told her what I'm thinking about our "relationship" as customer and service provider in a wide selection of native colloquial expressions, gotta say English is rather lacking on this chapter. Then threw the collection of magazines at her head. One by one. Then took the last magazine which she still haven't sold, tore it apart, and threw it at her head again. Finally, I took a bill of 10 lei out of my wallet (the magazine costs 4 lei) and threw that too at her, then left.
All the meantime there were some 4 or 6 people around the kiosk looking dumbfounded at the scene.
June 7th, 2018 11:08am
You didn’t have her reserve you a copy?
June 7th, 2018 11:21am
We weren't that close, perhaps after more time. There were times when I wasn't around and then I'd buy the magazine from other places. Or times when I just wasn't in the mood to buy it at all.
As I said, the cost is negligible, I'm paying that for a coffee. Also I could subscribe to the magazine if I were that into it, but I prefer to buy it occasionally.
There were always a few magazines there, if others bought them before me, so be it, there are other places.
But anyways, I bought it often enough, usually together with another magazine which was missing today.
Thinking about it, there were a couple of times in the past when I "helped myself" with the magazines while handing her the money and she mumbled something along "i should let her pick them".
June 7th, 2018 11:32am
When I was a kid I spent a lot of money at the town's only Comic Shop. They also sold models and game sets and lead figures for gaming and paint. I bought all these and spent all my money earned from various jobs at this shop. I also recommended it to others. It was owned by one guy who always sold me things, but he never said hello or thanks or anything, just rang things up and dispensed change.
One day I was in there to get the latest in a series but I couldn't remember which issue I last bought so I picked the most recent two up and was looking through them.
The guy started screaming at me, "Buy it or get out! This ain't no fucking library!"
I was completely shocked. I said, "I can't remember which issue I bought last and was checking if I had this one."
He said, "I don't give a fuck why you are touching my merchandise, I ain't running no god damn library. Buy it or I call the police!"
I said, "I've been buying things here for years. I probably spend more here than half your customers."
He said, "That's it. You just had to run your mouth. You're outta here, smart mouth, and don't come back or I call the police if I even see your hand on the door."
So I left. Told all my friends about my experience. A few months later the shop which had been open for years went out of business.
June 7th, 2018 11:49am
>> So I left. Told all my friends about my experience. A few months later the shop which had been open for years went out of business.
This is one situation where just "walk out and don't buy from them anymore" isn't cutting it. They effectively stole from you, all the money you payed the assholes over time sponsoring assholeness, and you shouldn't have.
So you *gotta* do something, in your case you had leverage to harm the guy like he harmed you. In my case it was the least I could do.
June 7th, 2018 12:03pm
Cool story brah
June 7th, 2018 12:04pm
This kind of stories always remind me to never side by the "little local business which is trying to survive and get a small place next to _____ (name of your regional dept. store)"
Most local shops are run by incompetent filthy people. They will steal your money and sell you crap if you aren't careful.
June 7th, 2018 12:18pm
>but he never said hello or thanks or anything
You realise YOU can say hello first, right?
If you go through life without treating the people around you like fellow human beings, don't be surprised when they don't remember you.
Grumpy Old Git
June 7th, 2018 12:23pm
+1 random lurker
June 7th, 2018 1:44pm