|Fool Me Once and You Will Be the Fool (standard:humor, 906 words)|
|Author: Godspenman||Added: Jul 17 2022||Views/Reads: 57/21||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|I have tried to discipline myself in getting away from those foolish ideas. With God’s help, I have been delighting in understanding. I’m not there yet, but I am progressing day by day.|
Recently, the A/C company we use came and did their yearly inspection. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage took them around to the places that needed inspection. Everything turned out to be quite well and no problems. That got me thinking of what happened many years ago with another company that did our A/C work. At the time, we didn't know any company in that industry so we had to take some company that we did not know that much about, which is usually not a good idea. The first company thought they knew exactly what they would do and how they would do it. They had no idea they had to deal with The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. They were in for a lesson in customer service. I remember the first day they arrived, I introduced them to my wife and told them that she would oversee this inspection. One guy laughed as he looked at me, and then looked at the other guy; both laughed and said, “This is our expertise. We'll take charge right here.” That was when I had an opportunity to laugh. I knew what was coming, and I also knew they had no idea what was coming. My job was to turn the situation over to The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and then excuse myself to my office. Then, of course, I ensured I was within listening distance of what would happen. My wife said, “If you follow me, I will take you to where you need to begin.” The one guy laughed and said, “Ma'am, you don't know what you're doing; this is our job, we'll take it from here.” It was all I could do to keep from laughing hysterically out loud. “This is my house, and you will do exactly as I say.” Then, with both hands on her hips, she gave them her infamous stare. The only thing I regretted was not recording this for future entertainment. These guys thought they could boss her around because The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was a woman. The only thing I could think of was these guys were bachelors. Only a bachelor could entertain such a crazy idea. “Okay,” my wife said, “you either come where I tell you or get out of my house.” She said it in such a way that even those two stooges understood exactly what she was saying. She then took them to the first place to check the A/C unit, very solemnly following her to the first point. They checked it out, and then she took them to the rest of those points for their inspection. Then they told my wife they needed to go out to their truck and put together their estimate of our A/C inspection. They were outside for about half an hour, then came in with their estimate and handed it to my wife. She looked at it, then looked back at them and said, “What is this all about?” “Those are the things,” the one guy said very seriously, “that need to be replaced on your unit.” I don't quite remember, but I think it was over $1,000 that they had added up. Unfortunately for them, they thought their job was done. “I do not think any of this is necessary.” She said very seriously. They looked at her and were not smiling. One of them said, “Ma'am, what do you mean?” Click here to read the rest of this story (42 more lines)
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