Well, you know that I hate labels and stereotypes. And I happen to be French. But hear me out. I have sold various pieces of furniture on eBay because we are moving house (not very far from where we were, but easier for the school run). And as my old curtains don’t fit in the new house, I decided to sell them on eBay. I just didn’t want to chuck them away. I sold them for a fraction of their original price, and I didn’t mind, because I just wanted someone else to enjoy them.
Suffice to say, most of the buyers were absolutely delighted and gave me glowing feedbacks on eBay. Some have even asked me whether I could sell them some more curtains (No, it is all gone by now). All, except one. And guess what: she happens to be French. Why am I not surprised?
Basically, two weeks after having paid a mere £10 for huge satin curtains, she said than one of the curtains had a stain of coffee. This can’t be true because:
1. I can’t see anything on the pics;
2. I had had the curtains professionally cleaned and had even paid £23 for this -I am not a great eBayer, I know-!
And finally: the curtains are worth at least 10 times more. In short, she is blaming me for something that she has probably done, and she is not happy despite having bagged a bargain.
Of course, this is not a big deal. But can someone tell me why some people are NEVER happy? And why are they often French?
I happen to be spending some time in France, and I can confirm that everybody is grumpy. Maybe, after all, it is a French trait. I wonder. They are not happy because the weather is too cold (believe me, it is far better than in London). The (excellent) food is never good enough, they are suffering from a headache and can’t smile. And so on, and so forth.
As for me, well, I have learned my lesson: next time, I will give everything to the local charity shop and I will enjoy every minute of my brilliant life.
How about you? How do you deal with grumpy people?