Reading is Fundamental

I have a really, really short fuse. I can go from 0 to pissed off in less than a blink of an eye.  I’m not proud of it and I have gotten better, but I’ve got a long way to go.

Anyway, I co-organize a meetup group and many of the folks in the group are college educated and fall on various spectrums of the employment organization chart (manager’s, HR directors, other executives, etc.).  I make one simple — very simple request and leave it to no less than a half-dozen people to not read the instructions.

The instruction was: You must pay before RSVP’ing for this event.

That was the very first sentence. Nothing else was written before that. Nada. Zilch. Not a damn thing.

Maybe you’re wondering why they have to Pay before RSVP’ing. Well to put it simply, I need attendees to pay before they RSVP as we have a limited number of spots and I’m not holding spots for people who RSVP ‘Yes’ and not pay. FYI. About half of our events are free and unfortunately only the meetup organizer is allowed to collect payment through the website. Major flaw that Meetup is not willing to correct anytime soon.

I sent an email to them advising them of this and no less than a half-dozen said, “Oh, I didn’t see that.”

10-9-8 breathe 7-6 breathe. What the frickity frack do you mean you didn’t see it? and in 5-4-3-2-1 Houston we have lift off.

I don’t get it. Why don’t people read? Do they take it for granted? It’s not like we live in a country that forbids certain classes or groups of people from learning to read. So, what’s the problem?

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