Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Losing my temper

Some people are spectacularly thoughtless.

I've just been to the dentist, and whilst there I asked whether my husband would qualify for free dental treatment, as he's on jobseeker's allowance, which I was told he would. This was the conversation that followed.

Receptionist:"So your husband's lost his job then?"
Me: "Yes, he was a pilot for x airline, which went bust".
Other receptionist, overhearing our conversation: "oh, don't talk to her about x airline, she lost flights she'd booked with them"
Me: "Oh dear. Well, my husband lost his job".
Other receptionist: "If it makes you feel any better, it was her 40th birthday".
Me (unable to contain my infuriation): Well, she can always get another holiday. My husband, on the other hand, is having great difficulty finding another job".

Yes, I know, I know, I could just have shut up and said nothing, and I probably should have, but something about that exchange just really got to me. Actually, the receptionist who had lost her flights didn't actually raise it, and looked mildly embarrassed that her colleague had. I do feel a bit bad for being so rude back - after all, she DID lose money - but then again, nothing like the amount of money we've lost.

It's the first time I've lost my temper about this actually. Luckily not too many people have been tactless enough to tell me about their airfare woes! Just as well, eh.


  1. She's lucky that is all you said. It amazes me that people don't have enough sense to realize that the pilot's have nothing to do with really anything - it is the decisions that are made by the airline!!! Sorry you had to listen to that twit.

  2. OH MY GOD! How RUDE!!! I would put a complaint in to the practice manager. How dare she be so aggressive to a customer who was clearly not spoiling for more stress at a difficult time!

  3. that sucks .... and one more reason why I generally hate people:)

  4. Oh I can't believe someone would have the nerve to say that to you!! I think your response was definitely understandable!

  5. Oh my god, that is so rude! You did well not to lose your temper. Unbelievable.




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