Sunday, June 04, 2006

What Would You Do If You Were Short Changed?

This morning I went to my local service station to buy a copy of the SundayHerald Sun newspaper. This Sunday edition newspaper comes with extra articles like Escape which features holiday places, Inside Entertainment which features anything to do with entertainment, Sunday Magazine, an extra glossy magazine featuring life-styles and TV Guide which has a schedule of the whole week's TV programmes. All these for $1.60


So I went into the service station, grab my copy of the Sunday Herald Sun, paid the attendant and went home to read the paper. Like most men, I never bother to check to make sure all those extra publications were inside the papers before I left the station. Even when I was reading the papers I didn't even realise this until Terese started reading them. Straight away she realised that both the Sunday Magazine and the TV Guide were missing! I copped an earful! Damn! How did I miss that? I'm just not one to pay attention to stuffs like that. So what do I do? Well, I am paying extra on Sundays for the extra publications so do I go back to the service station and demand my missing publications or do I just let it slide? Besides I have to go somewhere today and the idea of going back to the station just for the missing publications is just too damn petty, not mention the embarrassment! But then on the other hand, why should I be short changed for what I paid for? So I decided to go back and try to get what is mine!

When I told the attendant of what had happened, he said he wouldn't know if the newspapers were missing any publications inside becoz they were delivered by the paper run. That's fair enough but I asked if I could get the missing parts from another copy and he wasn't keen on that idea but said if I brought back the paper I bought, I could swap with another copy but he would not let me take the missing publications! Damn! So off I went, back to my house, grab the papers from Terese while she was still reading them, went back to the service station and the attendant happily let me exchanged it for another copy which I made sure it had everything in it!

So, my questions to you is this; would you go all the way back to get your missing publications for your daily newspaper or would you just let it go? It was only $1.60 but would you still do it anyway, just for the principle? Do you feel shitty inside if you've been short changed be it a newspaper publication or a missing piece of chicken wing from KFC when you don't get what you ordered in the first place? Or they didn't give you your fries at McDonald's? I know I've been short changed many times in the past and I've always just let it go maybe becoz of embarrassing awkward moments when you ask for your missing stuffs or becoz I just couldn't be bother! Tell me your short change stories.

24 comments:

Jay said...

well. i once ordered a 10 piece chicken family feast to go. when i reached home, i realised i was only given 8 pieces. so what i did was i called that particular branch that i bought from and told them about it. within 30mins, they actually came to deliver the 2 missing pieces. so yeah. i will ask for my stuffs because it's the principle of the matter. you paid for it, you deserve it.

FH2O said...

what u did was alright. i would've done d same.

tall guys like me don't get 'short changed' that often ... can't recall the last time

but if they do; boy they'll sure be in trouble if they don't make it right! ;)
I'll slap 'em so hard w my paddles they'll soon see the light! :)

but I do feel very short-changed by our government living in tak boleh-land! *sighhhhh* :(

mama bok said...

I would be upset to be short changed.. but then gas prices are just too high.. to drive back .. and get the missing copies.. and also the KFC. We are just lazy i guess.

Neo said...

Oh that happened to me also not too long ago. I ordered 2 sets of McDonalds at their drive-tru and I only realised that the 2 packs of fries were missing once I have reached home!

Damn, McDonalds' 20 minutes drive away... I don't think it justifies to drive there to demand what's short. But, I didn't bother to call them either... Just my luck :)

Simple American said...

My wife would act the same. But I would not go. I would suffer for a week. Thouh I can find the TV guide online.

Che-Cheh said...

Depends how far is the shop from my house. If it's near then I will go if not then forget it.

Wuching said...

jay: well done! its good that they delivered the 2 pieces of chicken to u..that's good customer service which we can't find anymore nowadays.

fh2o: how tall r u, unker? maybe i should start wearing heels or stilts!

mama bok: but its the principle isn't it? not worth the petrol but worth the effort?

neo: aiya, don't tell me about fast food lah, they r the worst! mcdonalds & kfc! tiu!

SA: yeah but why suffer? i would too but i felt much better after i did it!

che-cheh: yes, lucky the service station was near my place or else i wouldn't bother either..hehe

me said...

haiyor, pls don't get me started. if i were to tell you the stories, we will be here forever. i hate being shortchanged. like being taken advantage of. it eats at me. hmmm...i would forget about it, unless it's a section that i really want to read and have to read at all cost. otherwise, i'll just let it go. that's me - non-confrontational. sometimes, i wish i have someone who can be confrontational for me. you think got people like that for hire ah?
p/s: pls see late comment on stars post *grins*

QuaVadis said...

U r loosing your foochow touch if you get shortchanged and you don't go back and argue your heads off for it..hehehe...

But for petty stuff like the extra supplemental inside the newspaper...I think i would prefer to buy a new copy with the supplements in it rather than to spend the time and fuel to travel from the station, back to the house and back to the station with the paper...

Neo said...

Can't eat my McDonalds burger without the fries!

Wuching said...

me: u can hire me to do ur dirty works, i come cheap cheap..just feed me 3 meals a day!

QV: si kui kia! had a week off for gawai celebration very shiok hor! plenty of ngiruk hor! *psst* got ngayap anot?

neo: then u should've gone back & demand ur chips! 20 min also doesn't natter!

QuaVadis said...

if got ngayap also wouldn't tell u hahaha... nah..just got drunk..went visiting wit KNB to the big shot YB's houses and went to this kampung where we saw this drop dead gorgeous gal on a motorcycle that had KNB looking for land in that kampong area hahahahaha

am now recovering from that week long break.....

Wuching said...

QV: tell, tell! must tell me more about KNB's weekend sexcape! did he found out who she was? anymore leng lui there in that kampung? gimme all the details!

yvy said...

wuching....oie, oie, oie...you want details for wat? u oredi got lenglui wad. ;) sum more STAY with u edi lor. lol :P

Helen said...

You did right!

I'll definitely go back and ask for the missing paper. Psst, for all I know, the missing pages could hold the result of your winning lottery...

me said...

as i read it, you also very non-confrontational person lah. only when wife tekan hard hard and show black black face, then only got action. liddat 3 meals a day also overpriced lah. *grins* *ducks flying newspaper*

KpgNangkaBoy said...

wah wuching...why so kaypo one? I tell u what kampung u also donno lar...hehehe. And it was no sexcapade....just gawai visiting. More like a beer fest.. overdose of beer lar. Went to a few very scenic bidayuh villages...mountains, clear water rivers, rock formations, suspension bridges and nice native gals. Hahahah.

jean` said...

did u use a vidcam? so cool =p

Wuching said...

yvy: i just wanna kaypo only bah!

helen: how i wish i strike lottery...maybe i should start by buying lottery first!

me: aiya, caught out liao! can't blame me for trying..

KNB: eh, did u do the scenes from old malay movies ones where girls r washing clothes & bathing in the river & u the hamsup one peeping at them! hahahaha..

Wuching said...

jean: sorry, vidcam for what?

suituapui said...

Wah...wuching, u seem 2 have lots of sexperience at peeing? Shortchanged? Maybe they see u chingky! Do 2 u wat u do 2 others! Sibu Foochows expert at that! Everytime got free gift, just keep quiet! When u get home, u see the small sticker at the side...and too lazy to go back & claim! The "free" gifts will be available for sale a month or two later...!!!

Wuching said...

STP: gone for so long, now come back even more sarcastic! nvm..i respect old ppl, leave u be lah!

suituapui said...

Ah! So you missed me, ya? Say so lah!!! Still on holiday...just came back to make sure I haven't been forgotten! And what holiday??? Have to mark the miserable exam papers!!! Teachers' lives are so miserable!!!

Wuching said...

STP: tsk tsk tsk! so up urself! & whine about working too hard as teacher..teachers life so good! work just few hours a day, when school holiday also holiday! don't pretend lah! i know u lah!