Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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My friend Thirsty always comments about my living in a suburb of Atlanta s opposed to the actual city of Atlanta. Two events of the past week make me realize how right he can be.

I go into my cleaners to get my work clothes for the week and I am greeted by Salim.

“You don’t unbutton shirts, I don’t clean any more.”
“Excuse me?”
“You shirts, no unbutton.”

Okay. So I decipher that Salim is saying that I fail to unbottom my dress shirts. And he’s right. They aren’t unbottoned. I take the shirt off, pull out the tee-shirt, and throw it in the hamper or on the floor.

So basically Salim is saying that I cannot bring my dry cleaning to him any longer.

My response;
“Okay. I’ll just go across the street. Thank you for your work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a nice day.”

Mo’ Better Chicken is a hole in the wall, soul food restaurant located around the corner from my house. I probably eat there twice a month. The food is usually mediocre at best but for a quick vegetable plate, it’s good enough.

So I go in, survey the vegetables, and spy a bowl of potato salad. I love potato salad. I ask for a sample and my request is denied. When I ask why, I get-
“You aint gon’ go into Burger King across the street and ask for no samples. Why you gone ask me?”

“Well, a whopper always tastes like a whopper at each Burger King I may visit. However, everyone’s potato salad tends to be different. But no matter. I don’t want the potato salad. I don’t want anything in here. I would like to speak to the manager.”

“I’m the manager.”

“Oh, hell. Oh well. I don’t want a sample of potato salad or of anything else here today or tomorrow or ever. I’ll never eat here again.”

Sad the poor service in my hood. And was a small sample of potato salad worth the cost of losing a sale of $4.99?

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damn!!! times are too hard fo5 these ma ans pop businesses. they need to get it together

Chet said...

Damn! I feel where your friend is coming from, some things in the suburbs are better such as housing prices and access to more personalize services however; it can be very much a challenge residing in the burbs. I love city living.

My good friend Debbie resides in Stone Mountain and she likes it although, she has registered a complaint or two from time to time.

Boo you're a city fella, get out the burbs and move back to the city. Just think there are great highrises with doorman, valet or dry cleaning on site, market and speciality shops.

No more personal or lack of personal service from the Hood.

Kyon Saucier said...

What the hell I thought the South was supposed to be friendly but these folkz you are describing are just downright rude!! Hey fuck 'em, man you are more than right for taking your business elsewhere

Anonymous said...

Whole Food, you can sample all day long. Jason's Dell is always a safe choice. Publix has some best kinds of potato salads. The Southern style is one of the best.

Never allow anyone to not offer you the best service as long as your money is green. Take your green money and go.

gee said...

i feel you 100% .. especially coming from cleveland ave. it was one of my primary reason for moving to the city.

Anonymous said...

I am sure they did not give a damn about you not spending your $4.99 in there yet you dont need to eat that type of food anyway too fattening.
Start cooking more, this is not your first food posting. Baby that leads me to believe food is your enemy. They may have looked and you and thought, "this bitch gone want to taste everything in here." They just stopped you in your tracks. Do you go to a new chicken spot and ask to taste the chicken before you buy it? NO...

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They aren't palying w/ u...lol. Customer Service is pretty rough in Atlanta.

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