You can fool some of the people,,,
It might seem like I am rambling on , in fact I might be rambling on , but bear with me please , theres a point here.
So the mate Roland from Ballyfermot living over here was telling me a good yarn about dealing with the Yanks and we were in stitches at what happened to him .
He takes a Honda Suv , brand new , out on lease . Doesnt own it , and makes a monthly payment for 3 years . After that 3 years , he has a choice of pay a lump sum to buy outright or back to the drawing board .
So hes had this car 2.5 years , delighted with it but the tires need replaced . Him and the missus go out to talk about the situation and she tells him with a child better safe than sorry , lets get new tires on it .
But if we are handing it back we shouldnt get new tires he tells her . So they look over the car , stains and dog hairs , baby seat , crap everywhere ,,,,look at the mileage which is over average and come to a decision to just make the final lump sum and keep the car , they like it , all they need is already set up , it will have new tires etc.
So after 3 years is up and its decision time he goes down to the dealership with the chequebook in hand to pay up and keep her .
He tells me the salesman was aghast ,,, no no Sir , let me show you the bells and whistles on the new one , dont keep the old one . Had him test driving and all but he was insisting on taking the old one home .
Every sales person on duty tried a different trick on him , and they genuinely couldnt understand why a man would drive a 3 year old car when for the same payment they could drive a new one with the gadgets .
After hours of this he is starting to crack and lose it saying he will complain to head office , got things to do etc .
At this stage they all leave the room for a while and low and behold , big Chief daddy general manager himself waltzes out of his office with his cronies in tow ,,, towering over him reaching down with the million dollar smile doing the old sales trick of memorizing your name to make it personal .
The gang stand back and watch him work . He steps back walks around the car , quick glance inside , then leans down and sees the newish tires , stands back up , strolls over to Roland .
“ Youre a family man I see , young car seat there and toys etc ? “
“ Yes indeed Sir , young son .”
“ And you put new tires on her also ? “
“ Yes Sir about 6 months ago and they were needed . “
The big man nods his head , and reaches into his jacket . He produces a chequebook and a very nice pen . He scribbles and tears it off , turns to me mate .
“ Roland , I can see you took care of her and theres decent tires on her, so thanks for that , heres a thousand bucks ! “ while flashing the smile , then announces
“ And what was your payment per month last time ? “
“ 222 bucks a month “
“ I’ll even lower it 10 bucks to 212 ! Think about it Roland , youre going home with a thousand bucks you never expected plus a lower car payment , and boy these new Suvs have all the child friendly features anyone could ever want ! Look at it this way Roland , daddys going home a hero , saved money on the monthly bills and got a nice wedge to treat the lady . Out to dinner tonight maybe . Take her to Vegas for the weekend , she will love it ! “
And turns to him with that million dollar smile leaning down with the hand out to shake .
My mate said he had no other choice but to shake , and when he did , the cheque eased into his other hand , and everyone there bust out laughing and smiling . He honestly didnt know if they were laughing at him or along with him , I have my suspicions though.
The big chief looked over his boys with a twinkle in the eye , he still had it ,, he had cracked a tough egg and showed them all up , then sweeps out of the room in style , mission accomplished .
Theres a few lessons to be learned there and depending on the type of person you are a certain one will jump out first ,
Number one , he got charmed . He fell for the old fashion charmer . And a married man too,,, 🙂
Youve probably met someone that had the gift of the gab and found yourself being asked to agree to something or agree with someone that you had no intentions of going anywhere near earlier . Its an old trick , but effective . Takes a certain type of person to say eff off pal in those circumstances and many will see their resistance crumble under big pressure , especially with a crowd watching and the spotlight on you .
Number two, if he hadnt have been there in person to be charmed he would have got what he wanted in the first place . If he had have phoned from the comfort of his house , he would have been out of reach of the charm . Get the proper department number , call and explain exactly what you want , and they do their job by fullfilling your wishes . Its anonymous , mostly computerised , and streamlined.
Number three, the suits do things differently . In no way was he ready for what they hit him with and ultimately their tactics worked a treat . Thats accepted protocol within this society , the upsale pressure and the dogged by the numbers sales techniques , work em hard catch em fast . Seen coworkers sit in showrooms all day long , 8 hours plus , haggling or trying to get that certain car for that certain payment ( they never actually buy anything here its all on credit ) . Just normal business practice here . Back home most would complain about wasting their time talking about new cars when its not what they came for and we told you that , and many staff would be rebuked for such tactics and would maybe lose that garage customers actually . Too many complaints and head office gets involved .
So whats my point here ?
Translate that over into the Agm . A fella goes with an intention , say to get an answer , thats like me mate going out with the chequebook to buy the car , knows his intention.
He gets where hes going the Agm / showroom and states his intention .
The suits are a different breed to him and their charm / runaround wear him down to the point he trundles off without what he actually wanted ,,,
And the needle returns to the start of the song and we all sing along like before . If allowed it will forever actually .
The fella with a question or me mate ,,what can he do but shrug his shoulders after getting bamboozled . Its done, over , gone .
So after another ( just like the above ) stage managed / choreographed well rehearsed piece of facetime aka the Agm , a few hours of deflection mixed with meandering eloquence awash with buzzwords, its as you were for another year. What a gig .
We all know its lip service now ,,, especially after “the Res12er’s are happy , oh no were not” . Theres evidence right there the suits will clearly play with words when it “ suits “ them .
As someone who also plays with words the odd time I know thats not a crime . Thats me though , not an employee.
In accepting a major position within the Club certain responsibilities and expectations came along with that acceptance .
One of those responsibilities is the fans and part of that is keeping them informed . Especially the fans who are working on everyones behalf .
And yet we have our most senior employee and due to be highest paid ever employee in 2021 telling porkies , and needing to get pulled up for it right there in public .
At the Agm , the biggest sit down of the year where things are actually supposed to get decided.
So , unlike that fella and me mate Roland , its clear that if you do intend to make headway with the suits you need to be immune to the charm and wise to the tricks of the trade . To stand your ground and speak up when needed .
Like I was saying above it takes a special type of person not to succumb ,,,you need an Auldheid on them shoulders , to stay the course and stay true to your aims . Ignoring the minions , then the big Chiefs smiles and tokens while demanding what you set out for .
Thankfully we found not one but four . You’ve got our backing bhoys . And our Respect !
Big shout out to www.etims.net for the mench last week. Keep on keeping on and Hail Hail
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Ps, Anyone going car shopping dont go without a Res12’er by yer side or God knows what you’ll drive home in !