A funny comparison

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Park rangers and innkeepers

I was at a state park the last few days and the ranger, who carries a loaded weapon, was coming by after he checked in guests, and then cleaned toilets at the bathhouse for the campground.

When I spoke to him I let him know how much I understand his job, and how much alike we are. He never thought about it, but he was the innkeeper of the park (off-season before there are part time staff to do all of these chores).  He was even in a cabin after check out and calling guests who left behind stuff.

He said and I quote "If someone finds one piece of toilet paper on the ground we hear about it on trip advisor or yelp!" crying

BLESS HIS HEART! I hugged the man with the loaded hand gun, and said "I understand, there there..." haha

 

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A couple years ago I went to one of our national monuments and took the tour from the ranger. Afterward, I went to her and thanked her for the fabulous tour and all the information she gave us really brought the history to life. In our conversation, TA came up. I told her I totally understood and why. These rangers are getting slammed on TA by the same nitwits we are. It's demoralizing to them.

When I got home, I did a wonderful TA review, including the ranger's name and over the past few years I've gotten numerous 'helpful' votes on that TA review. I can't even imagine trying to please thousands of visitors/tourists every day!

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Oh my I never even gave that a thought. I will have to check our NP and see if anyone has done anything nasty to them. There is no way they should be criticized. Now the lodging facilities..that's another story. Though ours are trying to fix what the old provider didn't.

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"TA" as a verb. That's funny!

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Unfortunately the ranger scrubbing bogs is sad. They can't get any help where they are, and in the off season it is not steady enough. 

"Don't TA me Dude!" Arks

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Good he's learning about the TA thing. We don't like it, but the TA reviews DO force us to stay at the top of our game, and that's probably for the best.

I'm leaving on vacation next Sunday, so yesterday I trained my sister to do the cleaning in my absence. I stressed to her that it's not OK to let anything slide by, because any little flaw can find it's way to TA and remain there for years.

Since I have furnished kitchens, I have a special problem in that people use the dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, wash them and put them away. And we all know some people just don't do a good job at dish washing. I'm not about to examine every single item in the kitchen after each guest, and I know I'll eventually have someone TA me (yes, I"m using TA as a verb now) over something still left on a spoon or in the bottom of a pot.

Luckily, most people check and re-wash dishes as needed at a place like mine, expecting the previous guest may have done a poor washing job, but not everybody is so reasonable!

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