Lindsey, Shaun and I enjoyed an interesting Indian street food meal with Jeanie, her son and friend, the other evening. Following on from my post of last week, someone pointed out to me the fact that at the bottom of the food bill it helpfully divided the bill by the number of diners – (£15.58 as shown above).
About two minutes after we’d paid the bill, the head waiter came over and explained that he would like to clear the table and prepare for another sitting, so he hoped that we would not linger. Two minutes after that, a waitress came and said more or less the same thing. We felt rushed! I suppose that, as it was a BYOB establishment, they didn’t want us sitting around drinking our own booze for a long time. But we felt as if we were being herded away.
On another matter entirely, I had problems buying tickets for a forthcoming concert in April. My usual sources said the venue was sold out, apart from seats right at the back, five minutes after the tickets went on sale. Another website said it was completely sold out. I ended up going to the venue website (The Usher Hall), and had problems logging in (because I couldn’t remember my password from yonks ago), then problems re-registering (as my new details were too similar to the original registration), so I had to become Mrs MacLeod for registration purposes, and then I had more problems with verifying my email and creating my new password. Some of this was my own fault. All the while, the time limit for my selected tickets was running down to zero. At the end of the process I wasn’t even sure whether I’d secured the tickets.
So I phoned the Usher Hall, and I have to say that the chap who answered (and I didn’t have to go through any selection options or nonsense like that) was MOST helpful. First of all he confirmed that I had bought tickets. Then he offered the information that he could see that I had multiple registrations and would I like him to merge these all together? – I did. Then he confirmed that their website did actually have a slight problem at the bit where you create your password – a message about passwords not complying was appearing too early, and the compliance information was also not accurate.
If only some of the other websites that we all have to confront nowadays had someone as helpful as the chap from the Usher Hall available at the end of a phone line!