Using The Pet Card Is A Pet Peeve

, , , , | Right | February 29, 2020

A major storm has swept through the northeast. I am in a dine-in movie theatre with my girlfriend. The movie is almost over and our server has just collected our credit cards. A few minutes later, the server comes back and makes an announcement.

“Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen. Our card readers are currently offline. We’re trying to get them up as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you would rather pay with cash, please come with me to the front.”

We’re not in a rush so we decide to wait; however, the woman in front of us shows a little less patience.

*Shouting* “This is ridiculous! Our power is out, and our dogs are worried sick. I have to get home right now! I demand to speak to your manager!”

The woman and her husband are escorted to the front by our server. No more than five minutes later, our server comes back with our checks. As we’re walking out, I see the couple from our theater talking to the manager. I tell my girlfriend to go on ahead while I speak to the manager.

“Excuse me, ma’am? I was sitting behind you in the theater. I thought I’d let you know that everyone else is on their way home now, while you’re still here complaining. And if your dogs are so important to you, then maybe you should think twice before leaving them in the dark while you go out to see a two-hour-long movie. I hope you realize how petty your complaints are and that you’ve gained nothing from them.”

The manager smirked, the woman was left speechless, and her husband hung his head in embarrassment. I left without hearing another word from them.

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