Yesterday the Covid 19 pandemic had a direct impact on our little circle of existence. The gym that Cindy teaches classes at closed and the resort that Katie is a server at laid her off yesterday. This scenario is playing out all across the country and world for that matter as businesses shut down to try to lessen the spread of covid 19. American society is filled with people that literally live paycheck to paycheck. This situation could easily expand from weeks into months. Imagine the potential impact it has on so many people.
There is talk of the government cutting $1000 checks to help ease some of the immediate pain of the populace which I find myself having mixed emotions about. Yes I am happy that at least some sort of small band aid could be applied to the huge gushing wound of financial distress that is upon us. However I also find myself somewhat infuriated with the absolute hypocrisy when this goes down in the midst of the political circus we are enduring. All of these anti-entitlement, Bernie is a socialist individuals, suddenly shut their mouths when THEY now need a helping hand. The duplicity really angers me. Yes government can be clumsy, inefficient, and downright corrupt in many situations. However it is also the lifeline in times of crisis and is the primary tool behind recovery efforts. Government is what keeps society from falling apart at the seams, despite scenes of people beating each other up for toilet paper.
The only good thing I can see coming out of the covid 19 pandemic is it should fundamentally change the thinking and preparedness for outbreaks of widespread illness in the future, much like 911 changed the core fabric of national security practices, for better or for worse, depending on who you ask.
With nothing but talk of disease surrounding us I have found it is hard to not constantly be wondering if I am getting sick. Every little twinge of illness I feel seems amplified, wondering if it’s now my turn. I am sure it is mostly a pyschosomatic response. I am staying diligent with cleaning/sanitizing my hands after being in a public space and generally just being more conscious of what others around me are doing. I have said many times that I am not the type to panic and that continues to be the case but the way the world is unraveling around us can not be ignored.
So here is something non-covid 19 to make you laugh. So I have sold over 450 orders on my online 3d store. 99.9% of those transactions have been great. People like the stuff and the few issues I have had I normally can address with a smile. Well yesterday I was not smiling.
I had a model on my store that I was discontinuing for a newer version. I wanted to blow out the old ones so I did a 2 for 1 promo on the old model a few weeks ago. I sold the extras I had but forgot to update the store description. I then sold a model and sent the customer one instead of two, because I forgot about the promo. I get a rather normal email from him as follows.
Customer – Hello ..I purchased the 18xl stand…there are supposed to be two for the price of one…when will the other one arrive…
When I got the email I realized my mistake and sent him this response.
Me – Ah shit I forgot to change that text. I was doing that as I cleared out the old model. I will have to send you one of the new thicker style.
I sent this response very quickly however I then get blasted with the following.
That is the only reason I bought them… and also that is what it says….CLEARLY..YOU SEEM TO TALK AND ACT AS IF YOU DO HONEST BUSINESS….AND THIS PROBLEM ISN’T FIXED WITH CANDY…ALSO YOU MADE THAT OFFER… YOU PROBABLY CHANGED IT THIS MORNING.. BECAUSE WHEN I BOUGHT IT AND ALSO YESTERDAY IT STILL SAID TWO FOR ONE…AND THE THICKER MODEL IS ONLY TWO DOLLARS DIFFERENCE…AND ALL THAT DOESNT MATTER..WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT YOU WHERE PROMOTING…HOW ABOUT YOU BE HONEST AND DO THE RIGHT THING…AND SEND ME ANOTHER ONE…WHY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS PAYING FOR…AN HONEST PERSON WOULD OF REALIZED THEIR SO CALLED MISTAKES AND WOULD SEND WHAT THE PERSON CLEARLY PAID FOR …I DIDN’T MISREAD..OR MISUNDERSTAND….AND THE RESPONSE OF AN HONEST PERSON WOULD BE..YES THAT IS WHAT IT SAID LET ME SEND YOU ANOTHER… I WOULD LIKE TO GET WHAT YOUR WEBSITE CLEARLY SAID TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE…WHEN WILL I BE RECEIVING THE OTHER ONE…ALONG WITH THE NEW TRACKING NUMBER
I was flabbergasted and initially just responded with “Wow….”
I then followed up with “I’m not sure why you felt the need to rant when I already acknowledged it was my mistake and I was going to send you another.”
I had no idea why this idiot felt the need to respond as he did. Perhaps he thought the $7.50 that I made by forgetting he was supposed to get two models was part of my grand scheme to rip off the EUC community. I had to take a breath and resist incinerating this guy with an angry email response. I simply sent him the tracking number for the additional model I was sending to which he asked when I was shipping it, which I ignored, just as I plan to ignore any further contacts by this moron.