Thursday, 21 May 2009

The Grieving Widow.

Hello, may I help?

Yes. I rang yesterday and reserved a single seat for the matinee next week in exchange for two seats that were booked for the evening.

OK, let me just get those details up on the computer. Here we are, Mrs _. What a shame, you have wonderful seats for the evening. I see that you booked some time ago. Will you be able to return the two tickets you don't require before the show and we'll post this one out for you straight away?

I'm not sure that will be possible, I did explain this when I rang before. My husband passed away you see, which is why I now only need the one ticket.

I am sorry to hear that Mrs_Let me just check with the manager that we are happy to issue the new ticket without a return. I won't keep you a moment.

( A few seconds later.)

Hello, sorry to keep you waiting, Mrs_. The manager is happy to issue the ticket if you wouldn't mind posting back the originals at your own convenience.

As I explained, I am far too busy organizing the funeral. I'll be cutting it fine getting from the crematorium to the theatre on the day as it is, surely there's a way around this? I would very much like to see the show. I was told a full refund on the extra seat would be no problem under the circumstances.

( Stunned silence.) Yes, of course.


  1. Looks like this is where the good stuff starts.

    Tracey, do you overhear actual conversations like this, or is it all or mostly imagined? I'm trying to get my head around a woman rushing from the crematorium to the theater, then worrying about getting a full refund on her dead husband's unused ticket.

  2. That's a vicious grief. Let's hear more. Don's right. This is the opening of some good stuff. It's conveying much with telling us

  3. great post, I agree with the guys more please))

    sunny days,


  4. Hello and thanks for those comments, didn't think I was going to be able to answer due to browser problems, I had to switch to firefox to access the comment box. Hope this isn't a long term problem but anyway...

    Don, would you believe that I did have dealings with a woman where the conversation was not dissimilar to the above. I added the bit about rushing from the crem' but on the whole she was in the process of organizing her husband's funeral whilst hassling for an exchange and refund! Quite savvy really, knowing full well noone was going to take her to task in her present state of grief.

    Brad, you are and always will be my I.T. hero. Thanks for sparing the time and the suggestions.

    Selchie, I love that you popped in even though I know you are swamped.

  5. thoroughly enjoyed this!!! would love to see it in a story! ;)

  6. Thank you Annie. I am fantastic at beginnings and sometimes even ends, it's the bit in the middle that stumps me.

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