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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Communication Breakdown (12/16/10)

TITLE: Becky's Miscommunication
By Ken Ebright
12/19/10


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Ken did not want to be late; he threw on his coat, ran out the door, and got into his car. Then his cell phone rang. "Ken, this is your sister Becky where are you?"

Ken started the car, "I just got into my car. I am on my way to pick up your kids."

Becky sounded angry, "I just got a call from daycare; you were supposed to be there by 5:30."

Ken snapped back, "Thatís not what you told me. You told me six o'clock."

Becky yelled, "I told you 5:30!"

Ken's voice sounded frustrated, "I listened to your voice mail twice, you said six o'clock."

"I am pretty sure I said 5:30," said Becky.

"Becky, I listened to you voice mail twice. I wouldn't lie to you."

Becky voice calmed down, "Okay, Youíve got to get there fast. I get charged $15 per ten minutes that I am late."

"I will do what I can," as Ken put the car into gear and sped off.

Ken arrived at the day car at about 5:45. Steve and Ann, his niece and nephew, ran to see him, the manager was right on their heels. "Are you the manager?"

"Yes, I am," an old lady with dark curly hair shook Ken's hand.

Ken hugged the kids, "I am the kids' uncle. My sister Becky told me that there was a fine for being late."

The manager held up a clipboard and ran her finger down it. "Yes there is, you sister will be charged $30."

Ken had a frustrated look on his face, "There was a miscommunication between me and my sister. I work at home, If I would have known I had to be here by 5:30, I would have been here on time. I don't want to see her penalized for our miscommunication. Is there anything you can do?"

"I would love to, but the problem is I have to pay people overtime. I just can't do that for everyone that is late."

Ken shook his head in disgust, "Okay, I will pay the $30 for her even though it's neither of our fault."

The lady smiled, "That will be fine, I can take a credit card."

Ken shook his head as he got out his Visa card.


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Sarah Heywood12/23/10
Well, isn't that a nice uncle! He sure didn't have to pay that fine, since it wasn't his fault he was late picking up the kids. After all, he was doing his sister a favor. Keep writing!
Brenda Rice 12/25/10
Unfortunately our mistakes can cost us. You were on topic and your example was clear. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/25/10
Keep writing, you're doing a great job getting your message out there. I hope you have a great Christmas.
diana kay12/26/10
good writing and it sounds like alot of money for a few minutes late