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Am I being a bit diddled?

(8 Posts)
BerylFlynn Tue 05-Mar-13 17:31:05

Sorry to put this in aibu. I have no idea where to file it.

I teach a baby class on an ad hoc basis when a group of mums get together and ask me to run a course. It's mostly word of mouth. I don't charge much.

A woman recently asked me to run a course and said she would get together the minimum number people to run the course. She didn't get enough people but I drummed up a couple of extras ran the course anyway, under numbers.

She has twins and asked if she needed to pay twice. I said she didn't. Then she came to every class with her adult niece "to help". Really that was 2 adults and 2 babies, but never mind. I still only charged one place.

Then one of her boys got sick and she missed 3 weeks.

She said that instead of me organising 'make-up classes' she would just attend the missing lessons of the next course I run. I do have a course coming up that another woman has asked me to run and has organised enough people to attend.

I think I'm being a bit petty, because there will be space for this woman (and her niece) to attend the next course. And she has paid for lessons she hasn't attended. I can't help feeling a bit peeved though. Not sure why really.

Having read back, I see I am being petty.

It would be different if it was my business, but it's just a little course I run because if I didn't there would be absolutely no one else in the area teaching it and new mums who were interested would miss out.

ParsleyTheLioness Tue 05-Mar-13 17:35:16

She is taking the mickey a bit. She has two adults and two babies in for the price of one. She has missed classes due to her own reasons, and is expecting you to give a place to her for them on another course, which might in theory mean not enough room for another paying person. Cheeky.

HerLordship Tue 05-Mar-13 17:35:30

I wouldn't let her tbh. I used to run fitness classes and people used to pay for a course. If they couldn't make a session then it was tough titties. They signed up for the course and I made it clear from the beginning that there would be no refunds for missed sessions.

HerLordship Tue 05-Mar-13 17:36:12

Be warned she will probably have a hissy fit but those types of customers are best avoided anyway

anonymosity Tue 05-Mar-13 18:06:13

I would say she can do it but if she misses any of these courses she'll have to start again with payments and registering or she'll be taking places other people can pay for. If that (hastily written sentence) makes sense..

ParsleyTheLioness Wed 06-Mar-13 08:13:34

Any help OP?

IWishIWasSheRa Wed 06-Mar-13 09:13:57

Off topic but I forgot how much I love the word 'diddled'!

bangwhizz Wed 06-Mar-13 09:28:02

It depends really on what your T&Cs are.Is it your policy to offer make up classes to those who have been ill?
I am not sure really why the extra adult is relevant if it is a babies' class?

I can understand that you feel she is pushing it, but she did initiate the course and round up a good number of customers for you, and she might do the same again.
However I agree with saying that if she misses any further classes then that is it.

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