Drone Integration – Part 7: The Client and the Tea Tea
Fortunately there were no problems with traffic or any other delays the rest of the route. We arrived at the meeting place a few minutes ahead of the arranged time. I would have hated to make a new client wait.
The meeting place itself was a generic looking restaurant that looked like it catered for lower cost meals. Looking through the windows I noticed there were only a few patrons inside, which was to be expected at this time of the day.
We walked in. Looking around I noticed a man sitting at a table in the back corner waving at us. I assumed it was the client and we approached.
When we got close to the table he stood up, greeted us and introduced himself as Magnus Crusher.
In response I greeted him back and introduced myself. Hubert did the same.
Magnus invited us to sit down and motioned for a waitron.
Hubert is quite courteous and will normally let others find their seats first. But this time he seemed unusually quick about picking the seat closest to the wall.
I took the remaining seat further away from the wall. The moment I sat down I instantly knew why Hubert had chosen his chair. I sat down in ‘something’. I was not sure what it was yet, but it was most likely something a previous customer had messed from their plate and the staff had missed it while cleaning after that person left.
This whole trip was quickly moving to the top of my list of most annoying things ever, that I never wanted to repeat again.
However, I wanted to maintain a professional disposition in front of the new client and pretended everything was fine.
The waitron arrived shortly and Magnus offered to buy us something to drink if we were thirsty. Magnus himself asked for a refill for his coffee. It seemed that he had arrived very early for the meeting.
I let Hubert go first. He of course asked the waitron for a mint tea and explained exactly how he would like it prepared.
The waitron apologized and replied that they did not have mint tea. Hubert paused for a second and then picked another fancy sounding tea. Again the waitron apologized and said that they did not have that either.
Hubert asked what types of teas they have.
“Sir, we have coffee and tea.” The waitron replied.
“Yes, but what type of tea do you have?” Hubert asked.
“Sir, it is just tea tea. You know just normal tea with nothing extra. Just tea tea.”
Hubert looked confused and as if the wind had just been knocked out of him. I think he did not even know how to respond to that. It took him a few seconds just staring at the waitron before he said “Ok, I’ll have your tea tea.”
I had a feeling I knew what would happen if the tea did not taste the way he wanted. He would probably lecture the poor waitron for forever, and then spend twice as long lecturing the manager about the tea and the lack of selection.
I gave him a look that said “You better drink your tea and pretend to like it.” I think he understood that I did not want to make a scene while the client was there, so he gave a small, almost imperceptible, nod.
The waitron looked at me next, and I said “I will have the coffee please.”