My weekend started on Thursday, which is actually my “Monday”, because I work in a campground. We had forty checkins on Thursday, which was a slow pace, but the phone rang off the hook with people calling to either verify their reservations or to ask if we had camping spaces available for the weekend. We have been completely booked for this weekend since February. Get your reservations in EARLY if you want to camp on Memorial Day Weekend next year. And when you do make reservations, write down your confirmation number, and the name of the campground where you made them. You would not believe how many people called to ask if we had a reservation for them because they “could not remember if they reserved here or at the other campground in town”.
On Friday, my shift started at 2:00 p.m. At the end of the day we had checked in more than 250 campers. Most of the day we did not even try to answer the phone, which was STILL ringing off the hook. On the few times that we did have a second to answer the phone, the question of the day was for directions to the campground. Now, people, why do you wait until the very last minute to figure out how to get where you are going? Did you not look to see where it was before you made your reservation? Do you not know how to google a map? OH, and we still had people wanting to make reservations for the weekend. On Friday. I finally got to clock out and go home at midnight.
By Saturday, everyone who was coming to camp was here, but all their friends started coming in to “visit”. So they walk up to the counter and say they need a car pass so they can go in to visit. When they are told there will be a day visitor’s fee, they are universally shocked by it. Then they don’t know how to spell their friends last name, or better yet, don’t even know it, but if I would give them a car pass they can go in and find them. You would be surprized how many people think I am supposed to just let them in to use the campground faciltiies without a charge because they are not staying overnight.
Then we have the loverly children who are camping with us. Little children who can’t count money come in to the store, alone, with a fifty dollar bill to buy some candy. They can barely be seen over the counter, they are so small. I wonder sometimes if the parents even know they have that money. Then there was the brother and sister, who looked like they were about eleven and twelve years old. She was waiting in line to pay for something at the front desk. He was standing right beside her, yelling at her at the tops of his lungs, “Come on, Mom says we have to go, NOW!” The whole time he is yelling at her, he is hitting her, on the arm, on the back, on the head. I finally told him he could not fight in the store. He just looked at me like I was from the moon.
Oh, yeah, then there was the little band of teeny bopper girls, who prissed in and proceeded to tell me how “asinine” it was to have the dance indoors instead of outside by the pool, where more people could “just listen to the concert”. What? Concert? It was a DJ playing oldies music. I should have asked them if they could spell asinine.
The last one was a little girl about four year old and her brother who looked about five years old. She was laying on the floor by the toys, whining and kicking her feet. He was standing over her, with a toy in his hands, saying, “I can have this, but I don’t have enough money for you to get anything.” They had strewn toys all over the floor. I went over and started picking them up and putting them back on the shelf, and said to her, “Honey, you can’t lay on the floor in here. If you are tired, you have to go back to your camper.” She stopped her little fit and sat up, looked at me like I was the crazy one. Then she got up and went outside. Oh, I just LOVE working at the campground.