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A clean break

the cleaners that came round to strip the carpet of dirt(dog and otherwise) also broke my wardrobe.  Just to be clear- that wasn't part of the agreement.  Clean 2 carpets, remove dog hair and move on- that was the plan.

Whilst still there, one of the cleaners told me they didn't need to use a brush to remove the dog hair, that the machine was enough to take care of the problem.  I wondered what I'd paid the extra £10 for and made a mental note to contact their office if Icould be bothered.

The loud noise I had heard from the bedroom sounded like their wonder machine hiccupping hysterically.  When they put me through the ubiquitous before/after presentation highlighting what a good job they'd done, they left the door ajar.  I didn't think anything of it.  I slipped back into the living room, willing them to be quick so I could get back to work undisturbed.   Now I know they were hiding the hiccup aka wardrobe destruction.

I loved that wardobe. It was perfect for my many clothes- old and worn, new and unworn and those I live in too much to spend much time in a wardrobe.  I was looking forward to a fill-the-wardrobe Sunday.  I could walk into that wardrobe.  Walk. Into. It.  Carrie Bradshaw would have shrieked at its sight, devoted a column to it, 'Is a girl's wardobe her true sacred refuge?'.

No matter her.   I(capital, capital I) loved it. They'd broken it and there was no way of proving it.

Still I was aggrieved enough to pen a semi-snotty email querying the extra £10(now that I was bothered) and the conduct of the cleaners.   The email I got in response said the cleaners denied culpability(natch) and that I was NOT told on the phone that a brush would be used to remove dog hair as that is something they do NOT do.

Now I was hot and bothered.  In full snotty mode I replied.  How did she know I was NOT told that?  Was it she I had spoken to; did they record their calls and was lying to/about customers and breaking their sh*t(paraphrasing here) what they called customer service, then threatened to notify Trading Standards(whatever the hell they do).  Then I demanded she escalate the matter.

It took a while but I've finally received a response.  It sits in my Inbox to be opened on a particularly bad day so I may respond with venom.  It's all I can do so I'll give it my all.  The pen is mightier than a brawny, grumpy cleaner.

Life, in its humourous way(to somebody somewhere) had in the run-up to Wardrobe Gate brought 2 enthusiasts into my world, both cleaners, one may be a caretaker; one at work, one where I live- to cover all bases.   It was a curious matter at first, now a constant reminder that my wardrobe is kaput.  The guy at work  says special hellos(you'll know what I mean if you've ever been at the receiving end of any), stares after me and smiles like I've made his day.  The one in my building is  a little more...interactive.  I wish I'd never held the door for him that day weeks ago.  He wasted no time; got to give him credit, followed me out and said he'd never seen me there before.  I'm new I'd said.  I thought so he replied with confidence.

I(capital, capital,  CAPITAL I) don't think so, man.

He's stopped me in my tracks and asked after me a few times.  I'm never in the mood for boy-girl idle chit-chat.   When the carpet cleaners turned up, he was there again asking hadn't I gone to work that day.  I prefer they get to the point, ask for what they want/need and accept the response graciously. 

After a really busy day recently, with a heavy bag, laptop and shopping, I saw him from the corner of a tired eye and pretended not to have.  He stopped me with a Hi or a Hey or a Ho but he stopped me in heavy tracks.  What's the matter he said; you look down today. I'm just tried, that's all, it's been a long day.  Just make sure you take care of yourself, OK? Yes, thank you.

That mentally stopped me in my tracks.  He had a good reminder for me.  I tend to get careless with my self and can always do with that reminder.  For that I think I can overlook the boy-girl idle blah-blahs.

For a while at least.

The carpet cleaners, however, will get a hoovering.   Dyson style.


Posted on Mon, June 30, 2008 at 08:19PM by Registered Commenterparadise | Comments11 Comments | References15 References

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Reader Comments (11)

As ever, I am smiling at your story's little myseries :D

I just can't help it lol.
July 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIsseh
Life sunny side up is easier on the mind and body. More customer dis-service and enthusiast updates next time :). It continues..
July 2, 2008 | Registered Commenterparadise
^Life's sunny side, huh? Let's just say the darker side is more interesting. Oh what it hides lol.

Anyway, you take the cake for the perfect disenchanted customer of the year if your calls increase :).

It's my hobby.
July 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterisseh
^what's your hobby? No, no, it's sunny side up for me; it's how I like my eggs and my life view. :)
July 3, 2008 | Registered Commenterparadise
^Giving 'em a tough time.

So you like 'em so, yaah? Anigu sunny and bright is too unappealing... There must be some nuxur in it.

Keep it coming.
July 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIsseh
Paradise, a delightful read.

I know all about the 'special' hellos. They make me wonder how much mental and psychological effort it takes of guys to come up with a special hello every time. Depending on the situation, it can range from mildly curious to downright creepy. Wonder what a girl's special hello looks like. Slutty?

Any summer vacation plans?
July 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAya
A girl's special hello is high pitched. I wish I were deaf to it; it's cringe-worthy.

No, I like to be in London for the summer; got no itchy feet to speak of lately but I want to start writing with regularity this summer. Am looking around for some writing workshops, just to be around writers, so I am finally convinced they exist. I still think J K Rowling is an urban myth. When are you in Europe, I'd come see you even for a day!

Isseh, are you under a dark cloud?
July 9, 2008 | Registered Commenterparadise
Sounds like a relaxed summer and good luck with the writing. London must have a vibrant workshop/readings scene. I am planning a fall trip to London (postponed from last year) and would love to meet up. I will e-mail you the dates as soon as I confirm them.
July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAya
^marvellous. Would be good to see you step out of the screen. :)
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