It can really be beneficial to shop at/patronize local businesses!

I’m a singer-performer in my local area.  That means that there are long periods during which I don’t need dress clothes – a suit, dress shirt & tie.  Maybe if I were in NYC or LA, but not here.  I can go months – especially when I’m working in a stage production – when I don’t need anything other than my Converse, jeans, and a T-shirt.

So what happened?  Well, I put a suit  in at the cleaners just before I started rehearsals for a show.  Then … I left it there for almost four months.  Four months!!  When I suddenly needed a suit for a function coming up and checked my closet, there was a suit missing.  Hmmm, I thought.  Where could it be?  And that’s when I found the receipt tucked away waiting for me.

OMG!  I know all cleaners have that sign that says they’re not responsible for items left over 30 days.  It was my own fault for being such a boneheaded idiot.  I need a better tickler system to remind me of things like this.  That’s what I kept telling myself as I was trying hard to be adult about it all – knowing the suit was gone, gone, gone.

But I went to the cleaners anyway with receipt in hand.  When I opened the door, the woman recognized me immediately.  She greeted me, remembering my name.  She said it’d been a LONG time since I’d been there last.    [She asked me how long it had been, in fact.  I admitted it had been 4 months.  And she replied, “I know.”]  Then she turned around, activated that moving closet/conveyor belt, and pulled out my suit.  She had kept it there for me!!

How great is that?  This cleaner is only a couple of blocks from where I live.  I’ve been going there for several years now.  And when I made a stupid mistake for which they were neither responsible nor liable, they protected me (and my suit) anyway.   All I can say is, “Thank you,” as I continue gladly giving them my business.

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