I found out something today that has amused me a lot.
A bit of background: the first winery that I visit on my tour is one fairly close to the city centre. Residential development, along with light industry, has pretty much reduced it to a wine cellar only, with the wines brought in from elsewhere. Regardless, we have to visit it because we pick up people from the river cruise there. Last year, instead of using the regular cellar entrance, the staff informed us that there was a property line dispute and the next door neighbour was yelling and insulting people walking in the regular way, so please use the longer route. They blocked off the boundary and we walked the long way around. Except not always. Sometimes we would be late, sometimes there was no parking in our designated dropoff zone, sometimes the weather would be inclement and the shorter way meant less wet. I can’t say that I ever noticed the crazy neighbour yelling at us.
Today, I arrived a little late and unexpected. I overheard a member of the staff there telling somebody else about the crazy neighbour and what else he had been doing. I listened, walking up quietly, and was stunned to hear that the whole shouting at people thing was not the worst of his activities.
What they were discussing was the numerous times last year that crazy neighbour had fired a gun from the upstairs window of his house at the winetasting visitors walking along the original path!
Sure, it was only a bb but those things HURT if hit right. I can’t imagine anybody enjoying being hit by a close up range pellet.
What absolutely astounded me is that none of the staff had seen fit to even mention this activity to their regular clients. Like it was something that we didn’t need to know!
So, I’ve been putting my clients in harm’s way, inadvertantly, when I would not have even thought about that alternative route, if I’d only known that a lunatic with a gun was firing on them!
I asked the staff member if she didn’t think that was pertinent information, that maybe it might have been important to know, and she just shrugged and said that they didn’t want to alarm people.
So I’ve been torn all day between outrage and amusement. I’ve been laughing and saying WTF?
If they had let me know, I definitely would have made my route as safe as possible. Duty of Care, you know?
But I should also have claimed combat pay, which might have boosted my earnings mightily.