Warm Welcome At Parc Verger ?.

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  1. Cobweb

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    Hi . At the risk of upsetting many Funsters who have been singing the praises of Parc Verger I have to tell the following . We were cycling in the area from our aire 8 km away from Parc Verger and decided to pop in and have a look with possibility of staying for a while . As we approached the entrance the gate was open and we saw that there was a curtain across the door for the reception with a note on it . In true french style we assumed it to be closed for lunch . We cycled a bit further just to have a look of the site when a female camp commandant appeared shouting and gesticulating wildly "YOU CANNOT JUST COME HERE YOU HAVE TO SEE ME FIRST " Husband replied saying"Sorry we saw the sign and thought you were closed for lunch we just wanted to have a look and see availability . Camp commandant replies angrily "WE ARE NEVER CLOSED! " Husband cycles away and tell the Campcommandant " I am sorry but I will not deal with anyone with such bad attitude ! End of story . Maybe she was having a bad day but a simple "Hello can I help you " would have been a better response .
     
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  2. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Must have been having an off day... like we all do some times...:)

    Not an excuse, but the only one I can think of......... usually a very warm welcome from Bob & Di when you visit.. (y)

    Or perhaps if the new owners have taken over the new owners will have a lot to get their head`s round..
     
  3. yodeli

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    Well well well...... I am the warden of a stadium and this is all I can say:

    On the main wall at the entrance of the stadium is written PRIVATE STADIUM , do not enter, identity checking can be done anytime.


    This is in big letters.

    Some people coming on the stadium seem to have reading problems.
    When they don't get caught (by the warden..... ME!) they just come back and take it for granted they can come in and out when they want.... If I then catch them, smiling and indulgent, they say "oh ok" and turn back......NO it's not finished..... THEN as soon as I'm away they come back in. It happened again just 2 days ago and JJ was there lol ! So then what do I do?
    I give a b***** shout! " OI ... what do you take me for hey? OUT right away!"
    Yes I sound rude and a heartless woman then! Thing is, unrespectfull people always think they can do whatever they want to, and then when harmless people , nice , polite and all, do about the same but with different thoughts in mind, SOMETIMES... the warden (that one hasn't changed ...it's still ME!) is too fed up to try and make the difference, and will shout just the same .
    It might only happen every 200 hundred people, but it does happen! Having a bad day happens to everyone and may be at Parc Verger the day before you popped in, some other people tried to sneak in. I know it is not an excuse, but indeed it is an explanation!
    Sorry it happened to you, but french people can be so rude at times, I can understand it drives mad some poor English people who can't really express themselves the way I would in FRENCH!

    I like Bod and Di very much, and I can only think of such a case to explain words they probably have regretted the next minute (IF it was Bob and Di.........!)


    Amicalement

    Frankie:)
     
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  4. Detnor

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    It is still Bob & Di when we left on Monday. From memory there is a clear sign saying all visitors must report to reception, there is a bell and one of them is normally there. If you just wandered onto the site we are currently on ignoring all signs, you would get the same response, probably worse.
    Sorry, but what did you expect.
     
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  5. scotjimland

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    was it Bob and Di.. or the new owners ?
     
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    I absolutely agree.

    It is just courtesy to let the management know you wish to have a look around the site.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Of course it's polite to ask to look round.. it's also a security issue..

    .. but there is no need for rudeness .. at any time, by anyone, to anyone
     
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  8. Cobweb

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    Hi . I have no idea who the lady was . As we all know from past experience many French campsites can have a fairly relaxed attitude to reception opening times . Many times we have arrived on a site and had to walk around the whole site in search of anyone in charge finally just to be told to take a pitch and wait for the reception to open . I guess we just assumed this to be the same . What got to us was the aggressive manner of treating us as intruders instead of potential customers .
     
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  9. flatpackchicken

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    I 100% agree with Jim,, All customers should be treated with respect as THEY are your bread and butter, and the best sort of advertising is from word of mouth, also common courtesy should demand a polite excuse me, can I help you, and not to be like a tyrant???!!!!!!!!, don't matter what type of day you have had, courtesy at ALL TIMES, Unless shown discourteous conduct by the customer in the first place.
    I would have said exactly the same as this potential customer but with NO FINESS, and would rather drive another 50mls down the road to stay in a more courteous site. I understand they have the security of all the other campers as well but talking like this to ANYONE without due cause it just down right ignorant, remember
    " Courtesy costs nothing, ignorance costs everything"
    Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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  10. sedge

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    Let's just look at this from another angle, shall we?

    Let's imagine it wasn't you, but a couple of ne'er do well Tea Leaves, casing the joint to assess the best vans, places to get whatever was on their shopping list that day. That woman there for instance, loaded with jewellery - she must take at least some of it of when she goes for a shower, and judging where the ablutions are situated, we could be in and out of that Bloggs and Smith motorhome which we know from prior experience are dead simple to break into quietly, in under 30 seconds. So we'll come back (whenever) and wait behind that tree/clump of bushes, we can park the getaway car in the lane (where we've already clocked a likely spot) and that will be that.

    Oh and the bloke next door has a rather new looking electric bike! - we'll get good money for that.

    You could have been ANYBODY.
     
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  11. Chris

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    Perhaps it was one of the male residents down there having a tranny day?

    Some strange folk live there I am led to believe.:)
     
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  12. Munchie

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    Oi!!! I am currently sat on the aire at Mailleraye!!!!
    I am not "strange" just "different"!!!

    :boxing::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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  13. Cobweb

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    I get your point . It was in the middle of the day and if you could have seen us ....... TEALEAVES !!!!! LOL !!!!
     
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    look at it from any angle you want.. there is no need for rudeness to anyone.. I doubt very much if a couple of retirees on push bikes look like thieves.

    fact is, the camp gate was open and they came in for an innocent look around.. done it hundreds of times myself.. . there was certainly no need to challenge them in an aggressive fashion ..

    but I would like to hear a reply from the site.. two sides to all stories..
     
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  15. Munchie

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    Being neighbours to Bob n Di for almost 3 years i have to say we have seen them in action many times!
    They would do ANYTHING for you.
    We have seen examples of this many times and have needed their help on occasion which was freely given!!!

    (Bill is on the way Bob)
     
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    We have had no one to STAY at our site since Easter, a number of bookings were no shows, (we don't take details or deposits maybe I should). There have however been endless streams of people in cars "just turning round", or "just pulling in for a pee" or just pulling in to answer the phone", it is not easy to remain calm especially having asked politely "can I help you", or having to chase people all over the site to get them to stop.
    Too many people seem to think a campsite is a public place and they have every right to wander around without a by your leave. I'm sorry you felt got at but at times like that you need to see the other side of the coin.
     
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    Opposite Dino's restaurant/bar is a car park, no problems staying there overnight as I have done on occasions when a little too much alcohol has been consumed !
    Courtesy costs nothing, perhaps I will give Parc Verger a miss next time !:whistle2:
    Perhaps the new owners might read these posts and learn a lesson !:restmycase:
     
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  18. NickNic

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    I'm on the side of whoever it was at Parc Verger. If someone wandered onto my private land without having the courtesy to see me first, especially if the means to do so was obvious, I don't think I would be very polite either.

    People have said that there's no excuse for rudeness. IMHO that applies equally to the OP in this case.
     
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    :doh: It's not really private land as such ,it's a campsite open to the public !
    If you've got no signal and can't phone ahead or fancy dropping in on the off chance ,the first impression you get is important ,to be greeted that that is just bad business.
    But then again it's been sold so maybe their hearts not in it anymore it doesn't mean it's a bad place .
    If the old bag talked to me like that I'd have come back with the van ,opened the grey waste and done a full circuit of the park before giving it the one fingered salute and leaving. :wink:
    Then again everyone can have a bad day and it is FUN after all .


    Vlad
     
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  20. magicsurfbus

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    Cobweb, you need to be aware that Parc Verger is regarded by some FUNdamentalists as a holy place - the MH owner's equivalent of Mecca. It is a place that in their view must be visited by all Funsters at least once in their lifetime. The holy place is guarded by angels and to imply criticism of its hallowed ground is to invite accusations of heresy.

    Personally speaking I remain an agnostic in all of this, but to the more devout end of this community you now bear the mark of the INFIDEL. Expect Jihad at any time :)
     
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