The customer is always right

I remember the meeting with my client.

“Do you really want our business?”, she smirked.

“Well … it’s a very competitive offer… our solution…”.

She interrupted me…

“No, I don’t mean solutions sweetie… you just have to smooth the deal … ,“

She grabbed my hand and pulled it to her crotch.

I retreated as if she’d bit me.

—–

A mere week later…

The head of HR closed the door behind me.

“You know our policy against sexual harassment?”

I felt the walls cave in and the only thing I saw was our corporate policy:

The customer is always right

© Nick Allen

The oilcans made me think about how business sometimes is run… to smooth a deal can be with bribes or as in this case other methods. I have never been in this situation, but I have been in a few uncomfortable situations.

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November 28, 2018

69 responses to “The customer is always right

  1. Why does anyone think that simply being female makes you an honest person? Nope. I’ve seen the other side, and it ain’t pretty. You’ve done a great job with this story.

  2. Sometimes, the grease needed to smooth a deal can be too costly (illegal and disgusting), whether we agree to pay the price or not.

    Your mind works is wonderfully creative ways.

  3. Why is client complaining to corporate HR? She could have declined the offer, instead she lodged a complain of sexual harassment! Is such a complaint even valid, because no undue favour was sought.

  4. I have male friends who have been victims of sexual harassment and too often say nothing for fear of being ridiculed. I wonder if this one has spoken immediately after the event…
    Customer is most definitely NOT always right.

  5. Sounds like his instincts were good in recoiling, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be believed. Part of the problem, when the man is not at fault, is the lack if formal process in my opinion.

    Being summarily dismissed and deprived of your livelihood and reputation on a “he said/she said”, just because the company doesnt want to risk a scandal, or seem unsupportive of metoo type claims, is treating the accused with disrespect, just as you are disrespecting a legitimate victim of sexual harassment, when you silence him or her through intimidation or denying promotions etc.

    I think its more likely that a dismissal like this will happen pusuant to a mere accusation,when employers are permitted to dismiss employees without cause, anyway. The imbalance of power is not only in the harassed/harasser dynamic, but in that of employee/employer.

  6. Recently, one of my male colleagues was dismissed for sexual harrassment, even thought there were no witnesses to corroborate the female accuser’s claim. HR took statements only from those who supported her; I was one of the few who supported him (as I knew him well). A timely story, and an excellent take on the prompt.

  7. As a former manager over a staff of fifty, I’ve seen this kind of thing play out. In every case the man is deemed guilty as soon as the accusation becomes public. Sometimes it might be 5 or 10 years after the incident before they decide to file a claim, but the result is always the same.

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