This is what happened to me this morning. Don't worry, nothing dramatic or serious, just a simple misunderstanding, and yet I was the one who got the blame in front of a score of people.
Around 11 this morning I went to pick up the baguette and soft rolls - which we call 'sandwiches' - that I had ordered by phone yesterday. I clearly remember giving my family and first name. I always do this to avoid confusion ... and ending up with my cousin's order.
Just a photo to brighten up this post.
Ducks enjoying the June 2013 sun in La Ferté-Saint-Aubin.
When I arrived at the bakery there was a long queue which I patiently joined. When it was my turn, I asked for some extra pastry and then gave my name, adding that I was coming to pick up my order. The girl disappeared in the back room, to return shortly afterwards with two huge bags each containing 20 mini-sandwiches and another bag with 20 'pistolets' (crispy savoury buns). No sign of the baguette ...
I kindly told the shop assistant that there must be a mistake, because this wasn't what I had ordered. She looked at the name on the bags. "That's you, isn't it?" I confirmed that it was my name, but not what I had ordered.
She disappeared in the back room, where I heard her discussing the matter with the manager. They looked through the order book together and the assistant came back holding a sheet in her hands. "Is this your order?" she asked pointing at a hastily scribbled line mentioning the items I had ordered.
It didn't take long for her to return with the right bags. However, she was followed by the manager, a buxom woman, who in a stern and loud enough for all to hear voice said: "Next time, give your first name too. We have several customers with your family name." Slightly taken aback by this public reprimand, I informed her that I had given my full name, but that she had omitted writing it down. She mumbled something and returned to her chores in the back room. The shop assistant smiled shyly, apologized for the mistake and wished me a nice weekend. Which I intend to have ... even if the sun which was shining so brightly this morning has disappeared and dark clouds are gathering at the horizon.
Hope you'll enjoy your weekend too!