I work in hell. You may work there as well, just in a different department.
I stopped by work on Monday to see if I had any tips. People rarely tip here for some reason. And the majority of the people are very wealthy. Probably how they have so much money. Anyhoo...when I walked in the receptionist said to the owner, "...here she is!" I said, "Talking about me, eh?" She told me they had a massage they needed covered on Wednesday morning. I'd already agreed a couple of weeks ago to cover two massages for this afternoon at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. I said, "Well, I don't have a sitter that day but maybe I can find one. So, I guess...yes. I can do it."
I called a girl who said she'd be happy to sit for baby sometime. She never called me back. My other friend, who has two children, said if I couldn't find anyone she could do it. I always try to ask my friends with no children first. Well, Tuesday, I couldn't get ahold of that friend all day. I didn't know what to do. Finally Wednesday morning I called her superearly and she said I could bring her over. It would only be for two hours. I rushed baby out the door and to my friend's. Rushed to work, killed a squirrel and when I say killed I mean d-e-d. I've never run over anything before that I know of. I saw it out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was a paper bag. I asked aloud in the car, "What the heck was that?" Then I felt under my tire...well, you get the picture.
So I said a little prayer that my day would go better from that moment on. I get to work and set up my room. Finally, I went to the desk to ask for my tips and that's when the receptionist informed me "They're not coming?" I said, "They're not coming?" She shook her head 'no' and just gave me a blank stare. The other receptionist said, "I guess she called back the same day she made the appointment and canceled." I said, "My sitter never got back to me so you mean I just kicked my daughter's ass and rushed to find someone to watch her and came here for nothing?" She said, "Bummer." I said, "They should have to pay." She said, "Well, she canceled."
Why wasn't this taken care of/crossed off the appointment book? Wasn't this appointment confirmed? I can't believe I ever complained about my old job charging people for appointments when they no-showed. I thought it was a horrible policy. But now, I want to say to people, "I have a child to support. Granted, I didn't have to pick this career but you also don't have to get a massage. Here's a tennis ball and a wooden spoon. Massage yourself."
Did I mention I killed a squirrel? *note to self, find new job*