Insider recently met a travel agent friend for cocktails at a
pub in New York's Gramercy Park section. We were deep in
conversation about (what else?) the airline industry when an
annoying man on the agent's right interrupted.
Annoying Man: You are in the travel business?
Travel Agent: I am. I own a travel agency.
AM: Can you get me a good fare to Istanbul for Thursday?
TA: Sure. Give me your credit card number.
TA: Yeah, I charge a fee to do the research. If you buy the ticket,
I apply the fee to the price.
AM: Why do you do it that way? I thought travel agents were
TA: Because I don't work for nothing. If I do the research and you
don't buy the ticket, I've done the work for nothing.
. Which serves as a lesson for us all in how to ask for what we
want. And in how to get rid of an annoying man.