Alas . Poor Chivalry Has Expired !

Stella MitchellStarred Page By Stella Mitchell, 25th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Alas - the bell must toll - as poor Chivalry is no more ...what can a fair maiden do ?...

Oh Dear - My Strimmer Cord Is Broken



It would appear that Wikinut doesn't have the word Strimmer in their tags - so let me explain what it is , and what it does ...if I can .

It is a garden tool that is designed to trim ( you have that word ) the long grass around immovable objects that a lawn mower can't get round ..

Having said that .... I was strimming away the long grass etc around my trees ..when the cord or flex finished ....so I looked to see if I had more , but alas I had none ....so I decided to go to the hardware store and buy some more .

Let me say at this point ...I have had this particular model for many years , but the firm who make them have stopped producing this style now and they don't sell the ready to install spool any more ...so I had to buy the flex which you fit yourself on the original reel .

So off I went to the Garden Centre to buy a new reel of cord ....

The Lovely Garden Centre



What a lovely day to go and see all the flowers on sale , and enjoy a nice afternoon looking at the interesting things on display at the Centre ( by the way that is the English way to spell that word ) ..

After looking around for a while I went in search of my needed flex for my strimmer , and I was greeted at the appropriate desk by a lovely man ...who was big and strong and who had a big smile on his face when asking if he could help me ...I was duly impressed .

This man looked like he knew his job

The Man For The Job .



Well ...I explained to this nice , big , strong , smiling , helpful man , that I needed some strimmer wire, flex , cord ( whichever ) and he nearly fell over himself to accommodate me ...even assuring me that it didn't matter that it was yellow , when my last one was blue ..

'No , No ...they are the same ', he explained .... So I accepted his word and purchased the said item ...

Then ... because I had taken the spool with me ..I turned to him sweetly and asked if he would be kind enough to fit it for me ....

Whoa !........... Hang on a minute !

What did you say ?

Sorry Ma'am I Can't Do That



Well ..you could knock me down with a feather , as this big, smiley , friendly , strong ( almost helpful ) man told me quite emphatically ...

'Sorry Ma'am , but I can't do that ' ...It's against the rules ...Health and Safety and all that .. and besides he wasn't an Engineer . !

That's what he said . He Wasn't An Engineer !!

With that ...I laughed .

I am Now An Engineer !



What could I say ...to this .........( big, str.....................you fill in the blanks ................) man ?

Well , when I stopped laughing at the absurdity of the situation , I just smiled sweetly and said I would just have to do my own engineering and work out how to get the flex on the spool on my own .

With that , I thanked him for his help and walked out of the store .......still tickled pink . The day was too lovely to get upset about anything .

When I got home ...I fixed the problem myself ....strimmed around the trees ...and smiled to think ....I am now a qualified engineer . ! ..But , don't tell the H and S people .....they might not agree . !

Whew !..... Time for a nice cuppa methinks ...

Mmmmmm lovely .

As Christopher Robin would say ...' How to amuse myself now ?

God bless you all
Stella >< :-)

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Broken, Chivalry, Cord, Laughter Is Good Medicine, Salesman, Shopping Centre, Trimmers, Unhelpful

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When you read my poems - you will read my heart - which will always point you to Him.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Jun 2013 (#)

In my view it is not so much about chivalry, but about shops lacking a customer service attitude, you are right in that he old hardware store owner may have helped you fit the item (provided the shop was not full at the time) and today's mega-stores sell you the item but are afraid to fit it.

The reason I say it is not about chivalry is that many men would also like to have the item fitted for them but have known the answer for years "Sorry mate, you're on your own".

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you for the star Peter . ...but here in the UK the Health and Safety people wouldn't even let someone change a plug if it is not written in their work profile . I know that the man could have easily done my job for me , but this is how ridiculous things have become here. Thankfully I was able to do it myself and I saw the funny side of it .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Trillionaire
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Great article.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Trillionaire . Just a little different for a change .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Jun 2013 (#)

super piece indeed Stella...getting down and doing it can be fun...xox

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Carolan ... Such is the day my friend , but I shall not lose any sleep over it ...
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Mariah
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Ha Ha Ha this is brilliant Stella.
I'm still laughing while I'm writing this, I just loved the 'big strong smiling man bits'
hilarious, and as for your new
qualification, please refer to the Mariah school of Glasgow
Dialogue for translation of
the following 'gone yersel hen'
Bless you for this page, really cheered me up my friend xx

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

It cheered me up too,dear hen . If I joined your ...' gone yersel hen , would I have to fit everybody's strimmer cords on in the whole o' Glasgow , wee lass ?? I think I'll have to call in the troops , and maybe a few bagpipes as well . That that would be worth it all ...hehe . De y hav enuff tartan cord for the job ??
Many Blessings blowing your way hen.
Stella >< ><

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Jun 2013 (#)

This was wonderful Stella, and even more so because it is so true! Our H&S rules nowadays are beyond a joke here in the UK.. They have far exceeded the purpose they were brought in for..

This made me smile, because despite having to add 'Engineer' to your many list of accomplishments my dear friend, it was positively brimming with humour and good will..A lovely pleasurable read Stella \0/x

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Songbird . It is good to know that you fully understand how ridiculous this is now . Everybody is afraid that someone might sue them nowadays , but it has gone beyond a joke ...i am glad it made some laugh though , so that was worth it all .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Esther Thornburg
27th Jun 2013 (#)

Hats off to this style of writing,. It is worthy of book space. I needed a good laugh. Have been through similar days in farm life.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Jun 2013 (#)

Glad to cheer up your day dear Esther .I expect you could tell us some funny experiences on the farm ....would love to hear of them ..Have a good day
Be very blessed
Stella ><

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jun 2013 (#)

Very fun Stella...love it....:0)!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Jun 2013 (#)

I don't know if you have our problems with Health and Safety rules . it has got silly here , but all is well as I fixed the need without any ado .
God bless you dear Delicia,
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jun 2013 (#)

Impersonal service (disservice) it has become, Stella, everywhere. I remember buying a camera and went back to the store for a little advice. I was asked to contact the manufacturer's service center though they could have just offered to help. Once sold we are nobody, it is our baby! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Jun 2013 (#)

If the task isn't on the job description then they won't do it , because the firm would deny responsibility if anything went wrong as the insurance would not cover mistakes . I told the little story because 1) it made me laugh , and 2) it shows how silly it has all become .
God bless you dear Siva
Stella ><

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author avatar philpalm
4th Jul 2013 (#)

The big hardware places put a premium on saving money by not having the workers doing "extra" chores. There are handymen who now have to do the "small" chores.

Strimmers or string trimmers I hope they standardized English better.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
4th Jul 2013 (#)

I am just thankful I could do the job myself philpalm . It just amused me , and that's why I shared it here .
Bless you
Stella

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