Becs (lovelymonday) wrote in bad_service,

Bad gallery service?

I'm sort of not really sure if this counts as bad service or not, but it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth, so:

My dad recently visited the city I live in, which was also the city hosting an art exhibition that he particularly wanted to see. So, on his last day here he decided to take me and my boyfriend to the gallery to see it. We went through and at about 10 minutes to 5 (the exhibition closes at 5) we were standing in the last room of the exhibition, having already viewed everything, waiting for my dad to finish looking at the last paintings. One of the gallery employees, standing next to us, started talking to us and complaining about how she hadn't had a lunch break yet and wished everyone would get out so she could have a break. I thought that in itself was unprofessional, but I wasn't really bugged at that point, so I just made some sympathetic noises re: the no break thing. Then she made a little flicking motion with her hand to indicate that we should leave. I was quite stunned, so I didn't move, at which point she gave me a "COME ON!" look and made the motion again, more vigorously.
Me: "Uh, we just have to wait for my dad".
Her: "Which one is he?"
My boyfriend told her which one he was (I don't know why, really) and she went over to him and, apparently, told him to leave. Which we did...but...what? We paid our $20-something apiece to get in just like everyone else, and it's not like she was going to get out any faster with us gone, given that there were still hundreds of people behind us in the earlier rooms, and we would have been gone in a couple of minutes anyway, and it was still 10 minutes before the exhibition closed, and...seriously, what?

We weren't misbehaving in any way, by the way. We were just standing quietly by the exit. I really don't know what she was thinking.
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