Garden’s Centre Car Wash Sweet Service and SATAWU Sour Service Awards!

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Garden’s Centre Car Wash owner Roy Jewel and brother and sister Loubser shoppers, who came to the assistance to loan jumper cables and helped to restart a flat car battery at the Garden’s Centre last Saturday, caused by inadvertently having left the hazards on whilst shopping.  The only problem was persuading the parking company assistant to open the boom, as the battery charging had taken more than the allowed 15 minutes between paying for the parking and leaving the parking area.

The Sour Service Award goes to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU), which called a strike of its members, with disastrous results.  Its first effect was that ATMs ran out of cash, especially in Hermanus during the Whale Festival last weekend, with thousands of out-of-town visitors, many from overseas, and locals wanting to draw money at month-end, who were inconvenienced in not being able to draw cash when the machines ran empty. Retailers are also feeling the impact, not being able to receive delivery of all goods. The delivery of petrol is also threatened. Even worse is the reported damage to trucks, and resultant impact on traffic on the N2 and other roads. The strike involves more than 28000 truck drivers, reported The Times.  Economists worry that the increasing number of strikes will keep international investors away.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the website.

2 replies on “Garden’s Centre Car Wash Sweet Service and SATAWU Sour Service Awards!”

  1. The sweet award reminds me of a time, several years ago, when I was trapped inside the Gardens Centre parking with no cash to get out.

    I had just returned from a trip overseas and forgot to sort out my purse – all it contained was a maxed-out credit card and a few dollar bills. After doing grocery shopping to replenish the empty larder I found myself at the till with a full trolley and no means to pay. That was embarrassing enough, and with no ID on me the bank could not help.

    The dollars were too little to exchange (fees would have been higher than value) and there was no-one I could call to come and help at that time of day.

    Now to get out. I didn’t think to get a taxi home and back with healthy plastic, I just wanted OUT but did not even have R10 to pay for parking! I pestered the cashier inside to accept a few dollar bills to let me out. I nagged and nagged and was on the verge of tears which clinched the deal.

    Afterwards I realised I did have other options, like the taxi option or begging a shopper to help with a few coins ha ha but I was soooo tired ….. that must have been the most expensive parking I ever paid for! (this was before the new airport parking was built, because nothing tops that, does it?)

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience Francoise.

    We all learn from these experiences – I went to buy jumper leads immediately, because that took the longest. Getting the car started after borrowing a pair was quick and easy!


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