Sweet Service Award goes to Emirates; Sour Service Award goes to New Milton Taxi Service!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Emirates, for the excellent service on board their A380 flight to London from Dubai in particular, operated in conjunction with Qantas. The food is excellent, the seats wide and comfortable with ample legroom, and the service far better than the Cape Town – Dubai leg. On the Cape Town – Dubai leg we were offered the menus after the trolley came to our seats, and when I asked what type of fish was served, the hostess said that she did not know, thinking it was ‘white fish’. I was disappointed to not have seen the menu in advance, as it was hake, and I would have chosen this instead of the spicy chicken alternative.


The Sour Service Award goes to a New Milton taxi service (I did not check on the name of the company on the vehicle), and its Iranian driver, who was incredibly rude and chauvinistic when he drove me from New Milton to Lyndhurst on Saturday. Being an infrequent taxi client, I asked him how I would get back from Lyndhurst. Sarcastically he said I could fly, or travel back with a boat….. When I told him that I did not appreciate his chauvinism and sarcasm, having had a bad week with men, he said that he was only joking. He did not answer my question professionally, and we drove the rest of the journey in silence. A very kind receptionist at The Crown Hotel in Lyndhurst called the Brockenhurst Taxi Company, who sent a lovely Italian driver to drive me back.

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 chrisvonulmenstein [at] gmail.com. Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog.

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