Not So Nice

Friday, 2 April 2010

My mother and I are in Knoxville tonight to stay for 2 nights at Crowne Plaza Hotel.  My company, WATE-TV took care of the first evening and I am paying for accommodations for the second evening.  (Aren't they so cool!?)
We walked to the Old City for a lovely dinner at a FABU gastropub called Crown and Goose (you MUST try it - amazing food and happy hour) and came back to buy a water in the gift shop before retiring to our room.  Deborah, who works in the gift shop told us she was "Blessed by Jesus" when we walked in and we smiled at her, picked out our water and she rang us up.  
When she gave my mom the total, my mother said "Alrighty."  Deborah said, "What?  I thought you would be more educated than that.  That's not in the Dictionary.  President Obama would never say that."  We were stunned.  My mother is a successful businesswoman in Columbus and owns six Beltone offices.  Yikes.  I am so angry that someone would treat my mother that way but I didn't say anything because I was so shocked.  We were happy with our evening out and then were very bothered by such a rude comment.  This is my mother's first experience back in Knoxville in 10 years and I'm bummed.   
I'm going to write a letter to the manager but ugh - what's a girl to do?
How was your week?

7 comments

Chris F. said...

Just do what you feel you need to. Maybe Deborah needs to be more educated in the area of manners and personal conduct.

My week was pretty good overall. I'm on a four day weekend, but I aim to use Monday to get a bunch of schoolwork done.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That's just really weird. Make sure you also send a copy of your letter to the customer service department for the hotel chain. You can probably get them to reimburse you for a night.

Deborah sounds like a dumb-ass, bless her heart.

<3 Mel

Tina Lane said...

Talk about stretching for an insult. And how did Obama get involved in all of this? Weird. And uncalled for.

PS I am learning that cats are not so friendly to change. After a week away from home one of my babies left me a revenge poop outside of her litter box.

Amber said...

Deborah sounds very mentally unbalanced. VERY.

Anonymous said...

deborah needs to read more books and probably also needs new friends.i guess she does not watched any t.v either as presidant obama uses a lot more words than that .i thinks she needs to talk to someone mmmmm or maybe not . narrow minded southerner.
pook write the letter she will soon wake up to the right channel xx

Denae said...

Thanks for the comments! You make me laugh. Hope you had a great weekend. xox

Tina - how did you read my mind about Violet? She's finally calming down but I have to move her one more time. Ugh. I'm a bad mommy.

Mel - good idea! Money talks. Haha - bless her heart.

Mark Addison said...

By not saying anything you definitely took the high road which may not be the easiest but it's usually the best.
I had a similar situation with my mother while on vacation in Canada. This was about something money related though...
anyway my mother simply said (to me, in front of the cashier) "Gosh, now isn't that an innapropriate thing to say." And it was done.