The Israeli moment series will be reinforcing negative Israeli stereotypes. Yeah, I know, that’s bad. It’s just been a particularly ballaganistic week, so please let me indulge.
Dryclean Guy: You had the green dress, right?
Him: Ok, it’s 40 shekels.
Me: Okay. :::hands over money::: (bad move)
Can I check it out? :::checks it out:::
What’s this? :::referring to a big area of patchy discolorations:::
Him: Nothing. What?
Me: This whole area is discolored.
Him: It’s from when you washed it.
Me: I’ve never washed it, I just brought it in to be drycleaned!
Him: It’s from when you sat and your shoe got caught on it. (Huh???)
Me: It comes to here. :::points at knees::: My shoe never got caught on it.
And the texture is all weird. You totally ruined it.
Him: You washed it and that happened, you cleaned it somewhere else, I saw their tag on the inside.
Me: What are you talking about? I wore it once and brought it here after I spilled something on it! Now it is all discolored and bally. :::turns it over::: And you didn’t even get out the stain!! I want my money back, I’m not paying 40 shekels for a dress that is still stained and on top of that is ruinedâ€¦
Him: Can I explain before youâ€¦
Him: We got out the stain and we put it in the machine.
Me: No you didn’t! The stain is still right here.
Him: You showed me another stain.
Me: No, I showed you this and this. Can’t you see that they’re still there? And the color is all off. And there’s these spots on the back. Can’t you see? I came here for a service and you didn’t provide it, so I shouldn’t’ have to give you money for that.
Him: I worked on it, it takes time. I ironed it, I’m running a business.
Me: I understand, but I didn’t bring it here for you to iron it, I brought it here for you to take out the stain. You didn’t do that so I’m not paying. I understand you worked on it and that takes time, so fine, take 5 shekels, but I want 35 shekels back. The dress is ruined.
Him: I don’t need your 5 shekels.
It was almost as annoying to live as it was to read.