In the past we have had people say yes to events and then cancel at the last minute or not turn up. Apparently this is becoming quite a common occurrence in society these days, and there has been several interesting articles written about it including this one on Last Minute Itis! from the Huffington Post.
This has caused me to wonder about the reason why this is becoming the done thing, maybe people feel bad, and they just say yes to make people happy? Whatever the reason, it makes it extremely difficult to plan and organise events.
Out of the goodness of my heart and my wallet we have tried to create some fun experiences for our clients and staff and organised the occasional event.
Now for several reasons, it really pisses me off when people say they will come and then they don’t. The main one being that someone else could have used that ticket or space and late cancellation notice or not turning up means its now too late to find someone else to come along. So not only does somebody else miss out, but we just wasted the money spent when we could have bought another round of drinks with it!!!
I get that the baby sitter doesn’t turn up or the car gets a flat tire on the way but please don’t wait until 5 mins before the show kicks off to let us know (or even worse not at all).
If we were coming to do a job for you and we did that to you… you would be pissed AND RIGHTLY SO …. BECAUSE THAT’S JUST NOT RIGHT. That’s just not respectful of your time.
So, here’s the thing (and some of you might think this is a little harsh, or not – personally I don’t think it is). Come along and have a great time. If you say yes, we would,love for you to be there, but if you don’t turn up – and we can’t give your ticket to someone else then we would expect out of courtesy that you will make a donation to The Hunger Project for the value of the ticket plus an additional 10% fee for penance. Unless of course its that one in a million event, that perfect storm.