A “gentleman” came in the lobby last evening and inquired about our campsites and how much it would cost to park his van. He didn’t need any hook ups; just wanted a place to park for the night.
I told him our rustic sites are $18.00 per night. He started shaking his head and said “There ain’t no way I’m paying $18 for no hook ups! Michigan is a rip off State!”
I politely asked him why he felt that way (even though this early in the conversation I would have liked to have rapped him upside the head with my walking stick).
He replied “My wife and I went to that shipwreck museum and they wanted $20 just to go into the museum! What a fricking rip off! We didn’t even bother with it. THEN we went to the falls and they charged us $8.00 to go look at the falls and WE were the ones that had to do all the walking! This State sucks and we ain’t never coming back! And I’m sure as hell not going to pay $18.00 per night to camp!”
I replied (as calmly as I could and by now I had set my walking stick a bit further away from my reach), “Well, if you think OUR rates are too high, you could go to a Michigan State Forest campground where there is no bathhouse, no bathrooms except for outside toilets and pay $16.00 per night. You could save a whole $2.00!”
He said “Nope its all a rip off and when we hit the road, we’re heading out of Michigan just as fast as we can!”
I said, “Right there is the road, so all you have to do is turn your van around, and when you get to the end of our driveway take a right and just keep heading south!”
He said something along the lines of we didn’t know how to treat people and out the door he went. Before he got completely out the door I encouraged him to have a safe trip and watch that door on the way out. (AKA, don’t let it hit you in the ass!).
Maybe 19 years of being a campground owner is too long, huh?
On the bright side, there is only 117 days till we head for Georgia for the winter!
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