So today I was faced with a very difficult situation. How would you have handled it?
For work I had to go to court. Had to. I've never had to go to court for my job before, but today it HAD to happen. So I am going with my colleague and we get to the court house. On the way, my heel starts hurting making walking difficult. Regardless, we inch our way through security. The guard is looking through my purse when he asks me where am I going. I say the court room number. "Sorry, you can't bring a camera in here." I honestly didn't remember I had a camera. So now what? I told E to go ahead. I had to figure something out.
I asked the guard what should I do. His response? That's not my concern. Nice. Really nice. I hope Karma doesn't hit you too much in the a** some day.
However, I had to do something. Walking back to the garage wasn't an option seeing as it was (a) 4 blocks away, (b) the hearing was starting and (c) I had to be there.
So I walked outside the courthouse and looked around. And found ....
The Hotdog Vendor
Did I mention I had to be in court? So I went up to her and asked her ever so nicely would she pretty please watch my camera. I said when I came out I would buy a coke to which she replied "you can just pay me since I don't own this cart." (Should have been my first warning.) When I hand her the camera she comments that it is cute to which I reply it's old. (Second warning.) I asked her for her name and whatever she said, I've never heard it before. To the point that I could never report her. (Third warning.) I forgot to ask what time she left but asked the guard who said 4pm. (Fourth warning.)
But in I go again having to stand in line. I wind up getting to the court room and actually having an important role. Important enough that after the hearing the judge called me up to the bench and thanked me for speaking up!!!!
Then it was time to go get my camera. Guess the ending? The hotdog vendor was GONE.
Gone. Goodbye. No camera to be found. Granted it was 3:30pm so maybe she had closed up.
I am going back tomorrow before a meeting. Here's hoping she is there AND honest about returning my camera.
What would you have done????