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I haven’t posted rants on here in the past, but I had a situation happen last week that still annoys the hell out of me when I think about it.

I was visiting Colonie Center in Albany, NY.  I went to the customer service desk.  At this desk you can purchase lottery tickets, gift cards, and get general information about the mall.

In my experiences throughout my life I was led to believe that people at customer service desks should be courteous to the patrons of the business they’re working for.  I have worked with the public for years, and though I’d never say the words “the customer is always right” I do subscribe to the idea that you ALWAYS treat the customer with respect and you always say “Thank you.”

I approached the customer service desk.  I moved slightly to the side to fill out a form.  While I was doing this two additional customers walked up.  They were immediately assisted.  (She had a snotty attitude, but she answered their questions.)  While she was helping the second woman I finished up my form, and put my money with it on the counter.  It was quite obvious I was finished.  As she finished with the second, I incorrectly assumed she would move on to helping me.  She looked right at me and moved 3 feet to her right and started typing on her computer.  It was obvious she was playing on Farmville (or some similar online game) and logged out to proceed to log in to another website.  After about a minute, she walked back to the counter and took my form and money, processed it and laid my receipt on the counter.  While she was processing it, a security guard walked up to the counter and started shooting the breeze with her.  She commented to him that she needed to log into an online customer service training that she was required to complete.  At this point I picked up my receipt and I couldn’t resist commenting.  “Since you’re going to be taking your required customer service training, let’s pray that it teaches you to acknowledge your customers in front of you and how to say “Hello” and “Thank you” since you didn’t say a single word to me during my entire transaction.” As I was walking away she screamed after me “Thank you Ma’am, please come again.” In an extremely snotty tone.

When I told a friend of mine about the situation he immediately physically described the girl and knew exactly who I was talking about because he’s dealt with her in the past and agreed that she needs a serious attitude adjustment.

From now on – I’ll take my business of that sort to Crossgates.  They may not be a ray of sunshine over there, but at least they’ll acknowledge my presence…..

What kind of bad customer service have you had to deal with?
Do you still do business with the establishment?
If yes, explain why.

Customer Service Graphic from: http://www.whalecottage.com/blog/tag/whale-cottage-camps-bay/

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Betty White & Robert Redford (at least I'm pretty sure it's him!)

Back in March when Betty White was on Larry King Live, Larry asked who was on Betty’s “to-do” list.

KING: What haven’t you done that you want to do?  Who is on your to-do list?

WHITE: My answer to that, my standard answer is always Robert Redford.   But that doesn’t get me anywhere.

KING: Have you ever met him?

WHITE: No, and I never want to.  I just want to enjoy it from a distance.  I would be panicky if I ever met him.  I’ve taken his name in vain for so long.

KING: You have to go up to Utah and he’s there.

WHITE: I know  He’s also in Santa Monica.

KING: He’s not – he doesn’t hide.  He’s public.

WHITE: I just don’t ever want to meet him.  It would spoil all the fun.  I want to fantasize and talk about him behind his back.

KING: I’ll tell you, he looks just as good as he does on-screen and has ever looked.  He’s aged very well.

WHITE: Oh, I – tell me about it.

It got me thinking – throughout my life I’ve heard people say things like:
I’d love to meet Bruce Springsteen.
I’d love to meet Sting.
I’d love to meet Eric Clapton.
I’d love to meet Sully Erna.
I’d love to meet Robert Pattison.
I’d love to meet Clint Eastwood.
I’d love to meet Vin Diesel.
I’d love to meet Duane “The Rock” Johnson
I’d love to meet Justin Bieber.
I’d love to meet Derek Jeter.
I’d love to meet Wayne Gretzky.
I’d love to meet Jackie Chan.
I’d love to meet Jennifer Aniston.  }
I’d love to meet Brad Pitt.              }  You can’t mention one without the other two….
I’d love to be Angelina Jolie.           }

Well my question is this:  what do you say to these celebrities once you’ve met them?  I don’t know what I’d ask them if ever I were in the situation to meet a celebrity I was in awe of.  I also worry that if I did figure out something to ask then, they’d be rude and/or do something to ruin their “perfect” image I have of them in my mind.

Betty White has the right idea.  She fantasizes about Robert Redford but she doesn’t want to meet him and “spoil all the fun.”

What celebrities have you met?
What did you say to them/ask them?
Did they say or do anything to ruin your view of then?
Or if you haven’t met a celebrity, who would you like to meet and what would you say to them/ask them?

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