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Got home from shopping to a new reservation hubby took.  Guest at first wanted a discount for his one night stay because we're higher than he can really afford ($215 room).  Hubby said no discount for one nights.  Then he said OK he'd book because it's to take his girlfriend of over a decade away for one night.  After getting all the info, the guy said that they are both fruten glee and she doesn't eat eggs.  They'd like a bunch of organic fruit instead and perhaps some fruten glee blueberry pancakes.  My wonderful husband told the guy that we don't purchase all organic fruit and our one regular food store in the area doesn't have much.  He then told hubby that we could get them some at Trader Joes -- news flash sir, there aren't any of those within 2 hours of us.  Gonna be a fun stay, I can see it now.  Would you honor a request like this even if you could go to a store and pay extra for the fruit for guests who are only a one night stay?

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 that's great. 

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Well breakfast went off without a hitch.  We served them fruit (not organic) and G F waffles with sautéed brown-sugar peaches on top.  I don't have a G F waffle iron but I totally cleaned it before I made theirs and I couldn't use the non-stick spray because of the soy lecithin but luckily they didn't stick - she's not a true cel*iac so no issue with just cleaning waffle iron thoroughly.  She purchased herself a mug for her birthday and they just drove off at 5 minutes before 11am to enjoy the day -- he beeped, waved and said God Bless as they left.  My kids are back to school today, my housekeeper is here and I'm heading up for a nap.

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Well breakfast went off without a hitch.  We served them fruit (not organic) and G F waffles with sautéed brown-sugar peaches on top.  I don't have a G F waffle iron but I totally cleaned it before I made theirs and I couldn't use the non-stick spray because of the soy lecithin but luckily they didn't stick - she's not a true cel*iac so no issue with just cleaning waffle iron thoroughly.  She purchased herself a mug for her birthday and they just drove off at 5 minutes before 11am to enjoy the day -- he beeped, waved and said God Bless as they left.  My kids are back to school today, my housekeeper is here and I'm heading up for a nap.

 

You are obviously good at your job!   I want to learn how to make suteed brown sugar peaches for pancakes.   (And strawberry sauce and blueberry sauce.)

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i'm sorry.

 

but your place looks so awesome ... ah well ....  i would want to hang around in it

 

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So my special guest just arrived and yes we should have cancelled his reservation.  Hubby acknowledged that they are eating GF and then she started with the list of other items that bother her, including soy.  I told hubby to tell her that I couldn't guarantee that there wasn't soy in anything as it's in almost everything.  She said to just worry about the gluten.

Got them to their room where Mr. I Want A Discount For One Night and was told no, then read the sign-in sheet and saw that checkout is at 11am which he knew when he booked.  He said he'd get his stuff out by 11am but that they had planned to stay until 3pm.  Hubby told him that he wouldn't come knocking at exactly 11am, but that checkout is shortly thereafter - basically told him NO!  He signed sheet acknowledging that there are late checkout fees after 11:30am.  We'll see.  What a joy.

He's getting honeydew melon and blueberries (not organic either of them) with a ginger lime sauce tomorrow and GF waffles of my own mix.  Thank goodness it's just one night.  Other rooms are all super nice, so perhaps that makes him stick out more.

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BTW, even my mother is rolling her eyes over this.

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Take deeeeep breath."They come, they stay, they go away". Be extra polite, but very firm and they will be gone before you know.

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The correct mantra is, they stay, they pay, they go away ... the rhyme and cadence are important to get the best result Smiling

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Holy cow! They planned to stay until 3? Without bothering to ask?

Wow!

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We had this once before and the guy gave us a 3 review because he said "If I pay almost $300 for a room, I should be allowed to get my stuff out of the room so they can clean it and stay around the property that day to get the most for my money."  JERK.  At that time, we didn't have a common bathroom so he'd have no where to go once his room was cleaned and we also had a refrigerator we stocked with local microbrews.  Of course he wanted to stay around and drink for free, maybe sit in the hot tub, perhaps pee in my bushes.

A guest a couple months later who saw the review and my reply said to tell these people "Hey when the Red Sox are done, they make you get out of the park.  When the Lion King is done, they make you leave the theatre.  When 11am comes, we make you leave the inn."  We all got a good laugh out of that one but I haven't yet quoted him to anyone … there's always tomorrow.

 

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According to several sources the following fruits are fine without buying organic:

 pineapple, grapefruit, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe

This is due to the fact no one eats the peeling.  Fruits with thicker 'skin' are the safest as any pesticide is washed off and is not absorbed.  
two sources:

http://life.gaiam.com/article/top-fruits-and-veggies-buy-organic

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/JustOneThing/organic-nonorganic-buy/story?id=13310727

 

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Checked on the guests at the table to see how everything is just after delivering the main course, he said "On our reservation we requested eggs"

On the area in rezkey that asks about dietary restrictions he wrote "we love eggs", we often have people say something similar "we love all breakfast foods" as we mention our dishes all have eggs in them.

We actually did have scrambled eggs yesterday as part of the main course, but ya know dude, one night stay - arrive 10pm - saved $10 booking online and you tell us what you are having for breakfast, really? 

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Ridiculous -- I often get "we love pancakes", etc. but that doesn't mean I'm serving them that day.  If you arrive when it's an egg day, instead of a sweet day, then you're out of luck.  In the past month I've also gotten the following:

 

1.  I love local craft beers -- as if I should go out and buy him some and have them in the main fridge when he arrives.

2.  When traveling, I prefer to drink iced tea.  I have coffee, tea and a variety of sodas in the dining area refrigerator.  If you want ice tea, then you can stop by the local store and buy the bottles that you like.

Organic fruit man is scheduled to arrive anytime, I'll update tomorrow.

 

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no  just because you love eggs doesn't mean we're serving eggs today.  double nono

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I have put a candle in french toast...it is easy enough to do without a big commotion. Now when I stick a sparkler in it, they better be in a group (as there is a commotion but I feed off of it) yes

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I thought I was doing a nice thing by putting a birthday candle in a muffin one morning.  Quickly learned that I should let the muffin cool off first.  LOL  Poor thing was eating around the melted wax.  Ooops surprise

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I thought I was doing a nice thing by putting a birthday candle in a muffin one morning.  Quickly learned that I should let the muffin cool off first.  LOL  Poor thing was eating around the melted wax.  Ooops surprise

 

LMAO!!    Live and learn, right?

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just wait - he's going to ask that you honor her with a free cake in the room. 

ages ago, you'd tell a restaurant it was your birthday and they'd give you some kind of freebie - sometimes even a little cake.  

 i used to do the free, small cake ... and never, ever even got a thank you. crying  once found it, dishes and all!, in the trash in the room.  started offering it as a paid add on and got the fee PLUS a thank you.    live and learn.

 

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just wait - he's going to ask that you honor her with a free cake in the room. 

ages ago, you'd tell a restaurant it was your birthday and they'd give you some kind of freebie - sometimes even a little cake.  

 i used to do the free, small cake ... and never, ever even got a thank you. crying  once found it, dishes and all!, in the trash in the room.  started offering it as a paid add on and got the fee PLUS a thank you.    live and learn.

 

My mother used to love to go on cruises. Inevitably, she would always go on the sly and tell the waiter that it was someone's birthday (never was). Of course they would parade out with a cake & sing and clap their hands and whoever was the recipient would be SO embarassed and they would never cop to the fact during the b-day course that it wasn't their b-day!  She found this hysterical!

Well, we went on a river cruise in Russia and it was just she and I. She pulled the same thing. I was soooooo embarassed. EXCEPT, what she didn't know was they actually charged the cake to her room!  That was the LAST time she pulled that stunt.

What a character she was!

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And has anyone stopped to think that she may be horrified by this.  I do not like to be the center of attention - especially by strangers - especially in an intimate setting.  I remember singing Happy Birthday to a couple of people the first year or two of business - the other guests will inevitably join in, if that's what you want to do.  You don't have to ask anyone to do it, it will just be an automatic reaction. 

90% of my guests are here celebrating something, as I'm sure is the case with most of you.  I personally would not do it.  This guy won't stop asking for special attention until he's gotten the room for free!

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And has anyone stopped to think that she may be horrified by this.  I do not like to be the center of attention - especially by strangers - especially in an intimate setting.  


That was the bad review, the person (bday girl) was embarrassed. The one wearing the tiara.

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I don't know.  How hard is it to sing happy birthday as you deliver her breakfast?   Makes the guests happy.  

You don't have to engage the whole room, just the two of you.    We would do it.  

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We actually do get that request. For us it's really simple and we are happy to do it. Since we already have a plan for it, it's easy to respond by saying, "We'll we not be able to get all the others involved, but we'll do something for her that you'll really like. when the time comes, we put a candle in something, grab the uke and give it the once over and pau.

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He wants everyone to sing to her!  Sometimes guests aren't extroverts and are more reserved and we're not going to impose his wish on them - in 10 years no one has ever asked such a thing.  He could have made her feel special by ordering flowers, chocolate, etc. but again he wanted a discount for her special night so he's trying to do something for free!

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He wants everyone to sing to her!  Sometimes guests aren't extroverts and are more reserved and we're not going to impose his wish on them - in 10 years no one has ever asked such a thing.  He could have made her feel special by ordering flowers, chocolate, etc. but again he wanted a discount for her special night so he's trying to do something for free!

I can't recall who it is, but someone here got a neg review due to this scenario. I know inns who have a princess tiara and due something special, but it really does depend on those there whether they appreciate it or not.  What I see is a guy trying to do everything he can to make it special. Just do what you do, when he gets there and she is surprised by the stay you may never even see them again! ( blush )

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He wants everyone to sing to her!  Sometimes guests aren't extroverts and are more reserved and we're not going to impose his wish on them - in 10 years no one has ever asked such a thing.  He could have made her feel special by ordering flowers, chocolate, etc. but again he wanted a discount for her special night so he's trying to do something for free!

 

Not denying he is a pita.   completely agree.  LOL.    I would never ask the guests to join in.  I was suggesting a compromise.  

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You can sing happy b day if you wish. But he wants all the guests to join in ...NOT!  

It's just a stupid request of an innkeeper. I would just laugh at someone if they ever asked me and say "you've got to be joking..right?"

Let him sing to her. cheeky

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You can sing happy b day if you wish. But he wants all the guests to join in ...NOT!  

It's just a stupid request of an innkeeper. I would just laugh at someone if they ever asked me and say "you've got to be joking..right?"

Let him sing to her. cheeky

We jokingly call our place, Holiday Inn.   I decorate and cut fruit and bake for all the holidays.  I cut out watermelon hearts for the wedding groups.  I don't think a simple 5 second sing along would hurt us.

 

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what a unique idea! (not) ... people hardly ever stay at a b&b to celebrate a birthday!  wink

we had at least one birthday every weekend it seems.

i did sometimes put a candle in a muffin, but i never got a request to do the singing.

tell him it's copyrighted so you can't orchestrate the singing of it in a business http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/birthday.asp   just kidding.  nah, i just wouldn't do it.

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We all knew it … the requests wouldn't end with the fruit and GF requests.  Today he called and asked that my husband have everyone sing happy birthday to her at breakfast since it's her special day.  There is no way in hell that I'm asking the other guests to all put down their forks and stop eating to sing this woman happy birthday.  All I keep thinking of is the big giant moose that they used to have at Bugaboo Creek and the waitresses would all sing happy birthday and then the birthday girl/gal had to kiss the moose (what idiot came up with that germ spreading idea?)  Perhaps he can just sing happy birthday to her himself that morning in bed!!

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OK...so now you know it's her birthday.  You can do something else that will impress him that you recognized the occasion - a place marker with "Happy Birthday", a candle in her pancakes, etc.  I would just make a joke that there's no guarantee of the vocal participation of the other guests that morning, even if asked. Smiling

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OK, this cheapskate is trying to do a nice for his girlfriend of 10 years?!! on the cheap to prove he cares - but not enough to pay for anything himself - or more than he absolutely must - and it sure beats the heck out of a wedding.

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I can't wait for a report back after he has gone crying

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Does he know the royalties you would owe for doing that?

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Oh, good grief! 

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GIVE ME A BREAK! WT...!!!

Where does this guy come up with this stuff. Tell him SORRY, you can do your own singing. We provide bed and a breakfast and the rest is up to you.

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i think your husband's response was perfect. you'll do your best to provide gf pancakes and fruit but are unable to provide certified organic during his stay.  be honest.  hopefully he will cancel within an acceptable time frame because he might be a pita waiting to pounce.

i do eat organic when i can and even buying at trader joe's it's costly. my choice and it's just for me. 

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OK, I'm going to fess up. I would just say "no problem", then serve them the regular stuff. It is not a life threatening situation, it's a choice. One friggin' day of eating a small amount of produce that is not organic is not going to hurt them and they'll never know.

There, I said it!

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OK, I'm going to fess up. I would just say "no problem", then serve them the regular stuff. It is not a life threatening situation, it's a choice. One friggin' day of eating a small amount of produce that is not organic is not going to hurt them and they'll never know.

There, I said it!

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I am with you. Fruit is fruit and I dare someone to tell the difference re "organic".  That rankles me right up there with the fruten glee and the other fads. Do they ask the restaurant or hotel for organic and fruten glee (unless they are celiac)?

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I would rather this guy know that he's not getting it and it's not reasonable to think innkeepers wherever he goes are able to or will bow to his request for organic fruit.  Maybe it will stop him from requesting it in the future if he's finally denied!  But I'm OK with you doing whatever you want, it's your kitchen and you're the boss.

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I would rather this guy know that he's not getting it and it's not reasonable to think innkeepers wherever he goes are able to or will bow to his request for organic fruit.  Maybe it will stop him from requesting it in the future if he's finally denied!  But I'm OK with you doing whatever you want, it's your kitchen and you're the boss.

I think they're staying with us for one day also.

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Saturday or Monday?  He's coming here on Sunday.  Did he cry poor to you too and need a discount?

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Thursday! So maybe just one nighters all over the place! At least we don't have to sing.

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Thursday! So maybe just one nighters all over the place! At least we don't have to sing.

hahahhahahahhaaaaa

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Organic means they could possibly be using s**t for fertilizer. I pass.

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Once wa enough

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