Shevek (shevek) wrote,

I was in a chip shop. The proprietor did not have what I wanted. I asked him if there was anywhere else that was likely to have it, and he said, "No." in such a way as to imply that he was the only person selling any kind of fried goods in Bristol at 11pm on a Saturday night. He then looked at us expectantly to see whether we would order anything else. We're talking fish and chips here, not anything particularly exotic.

Needless to say I didn't believe the man, I considered his reply out of order especially since someone at the end of the road had suggested two places to try, and I left the shop immediately. If I'm going to buy the chips, I'm not going to buy them from someone who treats me like that kind of idiot.

There are two ways to look at this:

  • He was right to do what he did because then he will probably sell a portion of chips, or something else. This is not totally unfair, if you assume that the customers are drunk, and that the group does not have enough decision making capability to go somewhere else.
  • He should have suggested somewhere else because then next time I want food, I will go there first in the knowledge that if he doesn't have what I want, he will tell me where to get it. He should be a fish and chips portal. This is a fair assumption only if he is speaking to a possible repeat customer.

Of course we were all distressingly sober, and so we went elsewhere. That being the fish and chips shop closest to the Hatchet (I think), and me being a repeat customer, it's a mild annoyance for me and an almost trivial loss of trade for him. Back to square one.

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