Is this good business?
Okay, I hate to do this because it seems like I am picking on one group, but I HAVE to: I'm pissed at DC Kickball leaders!
First, I want to say that we had a great turnout last night, the founder was there (and I actually spoke with him unlike in WAKA where there is never anyone to talk to that matters), and I had a lot of fun. And generally speaking, I LIKE playing in DC Kickball, but...
I paid $50 to play in this league, just as everyone else did. I don't know who the President of my division is any longer because now everyone is just listed as a "Board Member". The last person I saw listed as President I haven't seen at the bar for 3-4 weeks. Thus, when I have a concern I don't know who to raise it with. Some other players in this division that I play in must have the same problem:
As we all know, it rained ALOT this week. As I wrote previously, DC Kickball gave a $250 bar tab to players who play on Mondays (I guess everyone could go, but come on, everyone born in the US and 35 can run for President but that doesn't happen). I wondered why it always seems that only the rained out people get this nice benefit, apparently I was not alone, from DC Kickball Founder's Blog:
The weather has once again thwarted our efforts to play kickball. However, you can still give Mother Nature the finger by coming to Tom Tom and enjoying some beer on DC Kickball we're opening a $250 bar tab for delicious Bud Light. So come help us kill that tab and drink away our kickball and rain sorrows.
Jen said about 17 hours later: will the wednesday night players be getting a tab too? Even if the weather is good and we have to (gasp) actually playI want free beer too!
Carter said 1 day later: I don't think so (not that it's my call anyway). The point of setting up a small tab during rain-outs is to benefit both the players (who missed their game) and the sponsor bar (who is missing business). Given a limited budget, I think this is a generally a good policy, even if it isn't strictly "fair".
jen said 1 day later: that is complete crap. we're the same conference that has paid the same registratioItfees. it's a horrible policy. we should all get it or no one gets it. and how is it benefitting players? they get free didn't and didn't even have to play! i hope it rains tonight so the games are canceled.
Carter said 1 day later: What an asanine argument. Anybody could have come to Tom Tom on Monday for free. It wasn't restricted to people playing that night. This is just a textbook case of someone who is capable of literally complaining about anything. Congratulations, Jen, you've broken the I-can't-believe-they-said-that meter.
WTF?! Okay, let's take this one at a time: This guy is the FOUNDER of the league and it's not his call?! Hi, increase the amount of funds in the budget or just go buy the beers yourself. Everything that happens is his call. I hate to say this but maybe if he spent less time taking two weeks of vacation in Europe on our money he would be able to "make the call". Being a leader is about making the calls.
Next, calling a player's argument asinine and making snide comments about people hardly seems the way to treat your customers Mr. Founder. How about addressing the concern and maybe considering what people are saying as valid rather than trying to one up them on your blog?
Unfortunately this little show of disrespect of women ( I spoke to Jen, she is real and it's not me) seriously makes me rethink rejoining DC Kickball ever. You owe this player an apology DC Kickball guy, and you need to learn how to treat customers and women. I guess in DC Kickball, the customer is right, as long as they agree with the way things are.