Before I do anything else, I want to wish my friend Don Del Rosario happy birthday. Don and his pretty wife Sharon are very special people who have brightened our world for a long time. We need to get together for a visit the next time we’re in Arizona, or if you make it to our side of the country. It’s been too long.
Yesterday I had an e-mail from a longtime blog reader who owns a small RV park in Ohio, asking me whatever happened to courtesy and common sense. She said that she had two families come in with RVs this week, complete with a bunch of kids and three dogs between them. They were there less than an hour when the wife of one couple came in the office screaming because one of her employees had told the children they had to leave the swimming pool because they did not have an adult with them. She said she told woman the rules were clearly posted that children under 14 had to have an adult present when in the pool area. The mother thought that was ridiculous. Half an hour later the kids were back in the pool, still without an adult, so the owner escorted them back to their parents and said if they came back they would have to leave the campground. That resulted in an argument with both sets of parents.
Later on that evening when she and her husband were making their rounds they noticed a strong smell of gray water and upon investigation found it was coming from a puddle under an RV parked next to this crowd. She said she knocked on the offending rig’s door and the couple inside said they were doing laundry, but there must be a leak because their sewer hose was connected to the campsite’s sewer connection. No, it wasn’t. It was under their camper spilling onto the ground. That’s when one of the neighbor kids told them that his dad had unhooked it and put it there because one of the other kids tripped over it while playing. When they confronted the father about it, he said he did unhook it, and they were lucky he didn’t sue both the campground and the owner of the neighboring RV because his son had sprained his wrist when he tripped and fell.
That was enough for the campground owner, who told them she would give them a full refund, but they had to leave. She said neither couple appreciated that, and they only left after the sheriff’s office sent two deputies out to make them do so. As they were leaving, they promised to contact every RV publication and website out there to tell them how mistreated they had been and to warn other campers to boycott the place.
I know this couple. We have stayed at their campground in the past and it’s a nice place. And I know this isn’t their first such experience. It’s too bad that some people can be such jerks. All I could tell her is that you can’t please everybody, and that’s okay. If customers like that don’t come back, they and the rest of her guests are better off. And as to whatever happened to courtesy and common sense, it seems like courtesy went out of style a long time ago, and common sense isn’t very common at all anymore.
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Thought For The Day – Have you ever been in a conversation with somebody and wondered, “Why hasn’t anyone hit you with a shovel yet?”