This week’s prompts are at the bottom. Practice makes perfect. Let me know what you think.
“Well, I don’t think its right.” Hugh exclaimed. “Just because I’m a large man…”
“I completely agree, sir it’s not right at all, but it is policy, and there’s nothing that I can do to change it. I’m just a lowly customer service agent and this process was actually defined in the Geneva Conventions of 1933. It has remained unchanged for all that time, even with the updates that were negotiated in ‘48. The fact that this policy has existed, intact for this long means that it is now unimpeachable, and a challenge could not hope to survive; not even in the ninth district.”
The young man stopped speaking and stared at Hugh. He seemed to be waiting for some type of argument.
“Are there any alternatives?” Hugh asked. “I mean, it seems pretty harsh, don’t you think. Are exceptions made for hardships, or low income situations? Can I get a scholarship or financial aid of some sort?”
“I’m truly sorry, Mr uh?” the attendant looked down at the itinerary that Hugh had shown him, “Uh, Mr Jass. Jass, is it? Did I pronounce that right?”
“The only way to avoid paying full fare for the second seat is to check yourself as baggage and fly in the luggage compartment. We can do that for the cost of a single Business Class fare.”
“Isn’t it cold in the luggage compartment?” Hugh asked, “I mean, what kind of altitudes do you guys fly at anyway?”
“Rest assured sir, that if you should choose the luggage compartment we will provide you with a complimentary blanket and a thermos of hot coffee. Now there’s something that isn’t even available in first class, an entire thermos of coffee all to yourself.” The young man stopped and stared at Hugh again. Again, he appeared to be awaiting a response.
“What about my luggage, Timothy?” Hugh asked as he eyed the ticket agent’s nametag, “I have a suitcase that I need to check.”
“One checked bag is allowed with no charge, sir. Will you be selecting the luggage compartment option then?”
“You don’t give me a lot of alternatives, do you Timmy?”
“Very well, sir. Your current ticket is for Coach, I’ll need a credit card for the difference in fare and I need you to step on the scale.”
“Why what, sir?”
“Why do you need my weight?”
“There’s a charge for checking items that weigh over fifty pounds. I need to verify that you weigh less than fifty pounds if you want to avoid that surcharge.”
“How much is the surcharge, Timmy?”
The young man blanched, “Ten dollars, sir.”
“Just go ahead and charge it then.” Hugh resignedly handed over his American Express Card and watched as Timmy ran the transaction.
“Thank you for flying with us Mr Jass.” Timmy said as he handed back the card. “You may be contacted sometime in the next sixty days for a survey. If they ask about me, please note that my name is Timothy Guinan. I’ve made a note of it here on your receipt. I appreciate your patronage.” Timmy looked around Hugh and called out, “Next in line! I can help you here.”
This week’s prompts are:
- a gypsy cab glided to the curb
- It’s a shame about your future
- she knows too much
Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need and, have fun!