Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My problem with Mrs Lola the tailor



 





Mrs Lola is my tailor, she lives in a place so far away though she claims she lives in Lagos, I can only describe her area as an outskirt of Lagos. When she charges me for making my clothes, she charges transportation  allowance differently and that, I  usually do not  mind because the amount of money she charges for making me 3 outfits is what my other tailors collect as deposit for one outfit. I like mrs Lola my tailor, she listens to me and is not overly forward, she does exactly what I want and minds her business when I tell her that I want my outfit shorter or longer unlike Mrs  Funmi aother tailor of mine  who said  to me that if she made me the particular length of skirt I asked her to, I wouldn't be able to jump the gutter or ride an Okada. I remember being very angry with her and asking her who told her that I'd be jumping gutters or riding Okadas.

Anyway back to  Mrs Lola, my current Tailor. So Mrs Lola is a very very good tailor but my problem with her is her lack of customer service.  She lacks it so much it causes a lot of friction between us. She has this terrible habit of not fulfilling her promises. If she says she would deliver your clothes tomorrow and things changed, for example there is a flood in her area as she claimed one time,  she never thinks to call to tell you that she wouldn't be able to make it that day and when you call her phone, it would  either be unavailable or switched off until the day she decides to come. I have settled a couple of fights between my Aunty and her  there was a time she didn't deliver an outfit my Aunty was to wear to a wedding until a month after the wedding. I have been counting myself lucky and special up until now because she never really treated me that bad, maybe sometimes she is a day or two late but not this bad. Something changed.



Last week she was meant to deliver some clothes she recently made me, she flashed my phone several times infact I sounded very irritated when I called her back. She was calling to tell me that she would be coming to drop my outfit the following day and she wanted me to also tell my mum just in case she had some new fabrics to sew. I said "ok" . The following day came,  I waited and waited for Mrs Lola , she didn't come. I called her phone, it was turned off. I knew she had started with her disappointing acts. Two days after,  she finally picked up her phone when I called repeatedly. I told her how upset i was with her for keeping me waiting and not even having the common courtesy to call to say that she wouldn't be able to make it any more. She gave me one of her excuses as usual and said she was on her way to my office.

7 hours later she arrived at my office, my outfits were beautiful but needed a little adjustment, she took them away  and promised to return them two days After. Day 8 after the promised date, I am still waiting for madam Lola, she hasn't called and her phone has been off. Yesterday when I got through to her phone, a woman picked up her phone and said she left her phone charging at her store. Today a man picked up her phone and said he was her husband and was helping her charge her phone in his office. Lies. lies and more lies.

This might be the end of Mrs Lola and I's relationship. She sews really well but her customer service skills sucks. But when I think about Shadia my former tailor who ran away with my clothes and money a few years ago, I begin to question Mrs lola 's loyalty to me and my experiences with tailors in general. Would she do the same thing Shadia did ?  I give her whatever she charges (without bargaining)  plus transport allowance. Don't know why she acts in this manner. Maybe it's time to ditch her before she does a runner on me.

20 comments:

  1. I have same experience with my tailor but what can one do? D devil u know is better than the angel u dont know.

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    1. Hi Trendy Sturvs , I guess you are right, the devil you know is better than the angel you don't know. They all seem to act the same.

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  2. Tailors in naija and their wahala...I have stopped using really good tailors because of these their disappointing behaviours...the devil you know is better than the angel you don't oh.

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    1. Thanks Lara, at least now I know that other people have experience similar to mine with tailors. It's terrible that the good tailors also act like this. Is it that they collect more work than they can meet up with or what? Well we might never know the real spirit behind this act. I guess we are stuck with their behavior..well until we can sew our own clothes ourselves lol

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  3. This story is the same for all tailors..... They all have skoin skoin......

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    1. Hi Sykik... From the comments I have gotten so far I have to stronglyyyy agree with you that they all have skoin skoin loll until I meet a tailor who proves me wrong.

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  5. Tailor wahala. My sis, they all start with good and prompt delivery. After a few months with them, things begin to change. If you leave her, the next one could be worse.Tailor disappointments made me buy a sewing machine which has been lying dormant for years because there is just no time yo go learn to sew. I wanted to start making my outfits myself.

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    1. Thanks Eya, you are right, I guess they are all the same.Lol @ you wanted to start sewing your clothes yourself. I can just imagine how you felt. The disappointments even made you buy a sewing machine!!! I was tempted at a point too to start sewing classes, but how many things can one learn to do?

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  6. ahahahahaaaa....tailors?! I no fit shout!
    They say, a bird in hand is worth a thousand in the bush, and who marry cripple knows how to sleep with am. Since you know her gimmicks, give her clothes many weeks ahead and tell her a fictitious date you want it, so that by the time she plays all her gimmicks, you would still get it early!

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    1. Thank you for those words of wisdom Simply mee. I loved the proverb you used @ who marry cripple knows how to sleep with am... it made me laugh so much, this is my first time of coming across it but it so true lollll

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  7. I have experienced that too with my tailor, I was really pissed off at that time because I really needed the suits but she wasn't able to deliver it. I have to buy a ready made suits because she failed to send it on the due time.

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  8. Isn't it amazing how many people have had a bad experience with a 'Mrs. Lola' like tailor? They abound and it's beginning to look as if one spirit controls their actions. It can be so madly infuriating!

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  9. I guess a lot of people have had there own share of disappointment from tailors. Looks like there is no solution other than to make do.

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  10. She finally delivered my clothes..lol

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  12. All sorts of stories about tailors o. Even me I have my own. Right now I'll call myself a tailor-hopper. No more faithfulness/loyalty to any tailor.

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  13. It must be a peculiarity of artisans generally, disappointments all around mcheeeewwwww

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