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Expecting perfection

December 9, 2008

It happened again! I was with a friend having dinner at a restaurant the other night when a customer kicked up a fuss. He had ordered a plate of nachos with cheese and that’s what he got, except one or two of the nachos somehow broke on its way to his table. He loudly demanded that the waiter take back the whole plate and bring him a fresh set of perfect, unbroken nachos.

The embarrassed waiter obliged but had to endure a public shelling from the customer.

I was speechless. What’s gotten into him, I said to my friend. Nachos ARE crispy. They break all the time. They’ll break when you munch them. Sheesh.

We can shake our heads at incidents like this but aren’t we all perfectionists in some way. When we buy clothes, fruits or whatever, don’t we always toss aside the imperfect ones and zoom in for the flawless?

We choose our life partners the same way. We instinctively go for beauty, a spotless history, great personality, and yes, money. We reject imperfect teeth, blemished complexion, the overweight, the short, the unproportional.

And what about our own imperfections? Oh we have an excuse for that. “I’m human,” we claim. “How can you reject me for being human, you shallow person?”

So while we insist on rejecting imperfect people, we insist on being treated as the exception. You see it all the time. Ugly people seeking the perfect partner. Inept managers looking to hire Warren Buffet.

Still, there are places where imperfection is highly sought after. Ever paid $50 bucks for a misprinted postage stamp or dollar bill? Or paid $3 at the circus to see the bearded lady?

As for the dissatisfied nachos-and-cheese customer, I wonder what his excuse is when his wife and colleagues demand perfection of him.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    December 9, 2008 10:45 am

    He just finished a course in “How to develop self-confidence and assertiveness”. Must practice mah…

    His five cent coin is bigger than a bullock cart wheel…. hahahaha.

    And here’s another one: ‘Let him who’s without fault cast the first stone.’

    Or let him with a kidneystone cast the first stone.

    People want to be judgemental of others but its usually a one way street. Human nature.

  2. December 9, 2008 6:57 pm

    Sometimes, it’s strange to see how people act when they are in charge. If the situation were reversed, I wouldn’t be surprised if such a person would complain severely on how he was treated.

    Sorry dude, akismet held up your comment again! Yes, people are generally insecure creatures who will do things if they can get away with it. Observe how people abuse their maids and yet complain when they themselves get abused in the office.

  3. December 9, 2008 11:11 pm

    Another of those idiotic customers. Hahah. I’ve seen a lot of those. One of them was this old uncle who started scolding the Honda mechanic for making him wait 5 minutes…but the mechanic actually went to the toilet. =_= Go toilet also cannot. Which human being doesn’t go to toilet? =_=

    City folk tend to be more tense and have shorter fuses. And I don’t mean Honda City. LOL… 😀

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