Poor expectations 


Trying on the shirt in the dressing room in Brown Thomas I knew I should have put my sunglasses in one of my bags instead of putting them on the chair.

Sure enough as I had paid for my new holiday shirt I realised I had left my glasses behind in the dressing room.  Surely there would be no problem and my glasses would still be there?

There was someone in the cubicle I had been in so I waited – no joy, glasses gone.

I had a quick word with security who went to check if someone had handed them in. Two minutes later he came back beaming with sunglasses in his hand – he clearly loves when he puts a smile on someone’s face by finding their lost property.

He handed them to me and while they looked quite like mine they unfortunately weren’t and I gave them back to him. They took my details just in case mine turned up. Needless to say my sunglasses never turned up and quite sadly this is what I expected.

Why do I have such little faith?

What would make you see sunglasses or anything that clearly belongs to someone else and decide “I’ll help myself to these“?

What would make you even want to wear someone else’s glasses?

It’s no big deal as they weren’t particularly expensive and they probably needed replacing but it is really sad that an everyday shopper felt it was OK to help themselves to something that wasn’t theirs.

It’s even sadder that I’m not that surprised ..

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR, Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

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2 Responses to “Poor expectations ”

  1. Michele O'Briain Says:

    Yesterday my 8 year old son found a hurley and sliotar that someone had left behind in our local park. He is hurling mad and really wanted to take the bright yellow sliotar as he said it was a special wall ball and he didn’t have one of those – he has about 8 other normal sliotars that he proudly displayed for me in a row yesterday morning.

    It was time for a life lesson – I explained to him that he couldn’t have it as whoever had left the items behind would probably remember at some point that they had left them there. They would go back to the park to look for them and would be really happy if they were still there and that the child and their parents would be very unhappy if they returned and found that someone had stolen the hurley and sliotar.

    I also had low expectations of what might happen to the items so a few hours later I told my son that we would take them home and do up a note which we would put in the park to say they had been found and to call to claim them back. By doing this I hoped to save some poor child a few tears as well as a mother or father the expense of buying a new hurley and sliotar and most importantly to teach my child right from wrong – a lesson I hope he will remember as he goes through life!

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