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Old 10-05-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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I have never gotten an email like this before....

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Message: I am searching for the right people to paint the house we are currently bidding on. However, I cannot suggest this company to my bf until you fix this typo: "When your done and you have found the quality of our business to meet your needs then use the “Contact Us” button to the right to ask questions or set an appointment for a free estimate (Within a 30min drive one way from Tigard)." I copied this from the front page, please change "your" to "you're" or "you are" and you might want to have an editor look over your site for spelling an puncuation errors. Believe it or not, there are many people out there who will choose not to go with a company because they cannot figure out proper english. I just don't want that to happen.
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Thanks for pointing out the grammatical error on my web page.
Your email sends all kinds of "red flags" therefore I decline my services to you.

Good luck finding a painter.

Oh and by the way....

I highlighted your errors....

I mean, you know... No one is perfect is this less than perfect world right? Did you really have to go through the effort to belittle me for my grammatical errors on my website before you would accept my services, but yet you yourself put your foot in your mouth with your own errors? Really, where does that mentality come from? You don't have to reply to this email, just think about how rude and snotty you portray yourself when grammatical errors on a website are your deciding factors to one of the best painters in ???????. My grammatical error certainly does not reflect my painting skills..........
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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My first red flag:
"bf"? I am assuming that means boyfriend.

Second:
Her need to point out the error before proceeding

Third:
She put her foot in her mouth

Forth:
too damn picky to deal with. You couldn't pay me enough to work for this kind of person.
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Some people. My buddy is an english teacher and always corrects me. My old man had to quit scool in 7th grade. Spelling was his weakness. It didn't stop him from painting for 50 years.
I can see smarty pants picking out your mistakes, but what kind of person has to try to make you feel stupid like that right off the bat. Way to stand your ground.
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My wife is a literalist and a well learned person. She read the dictionary like reading a book for fun many times. I am always hounded for grammatical and spelling errors... But to get this from outside my influential realm? Ughhh.... This world really is falling down the way side...

I blame the spirit of inferiority in others for causing people to feel lower than themselves... It's bad enough I get this at home but to get it else where is just insane...
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I woulda just ignored and deleted it.
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I woulda just ignored and deleted it.
I thought about it... and probably should have.

It's such a button pusher for me. I HATE this type of correction (I get plenty at home...). The correction in and of it's self is fine, but to add the drama with it is my #1 pet peeve.

I know... Self Control is lacking on my part...
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Some people are grammar nazis.
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Im more curious to hear her response to that I bet she feels like a complete.. way to go!
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She also used "an" instead of "and" in front of "puncuation".

In comparing your website to her email, you came in the winner at one to three.
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She also used "an" instead of "and" in front of "puncuation".

In comparing your website to her email, you came in the winner at one to three.
lol....
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Perhaps if she'd pointed it out in the spirit of trying to be helpful it would have been different. It was the condescending tone of her email that would have ticked me off.
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Look at the bright side, she saved you a possible miserable job experience!
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I would have said sorry, and such things and seen if I could have gotten her number. then I would have posted an add in craigslist in the personal section looking for men using her phone number. See if I could not cause a little tension in her relationship

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I can see why you were pissed.

Looking at it from a different perspective, you may have overreacted a bit.

In the long run, she did possibly help you.

Be honest, you don't really want grammatical mistakes on your website right? She actually helped you find ways to improve your website.

It might not have been the way you wanted help, but it's all about how you want to approach it.
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[QUOTE=PatsPainting;253518]I would have said sorry, and such things and seen if I could have gotten her number. then I would have posted an add in craigslist in the personal section looking for men using her phone number. See if I could not cause a little tension in her relationship

I wouldn't want to mess with you. That is funny.
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Aside from the fact this woman was a ... (fill in with your own description)

How important do you think it is that your website be perfect as far as grammar, spelling, links, etc?

People make pretty snap decisions with their click finger.
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People make pretty snap decisions with their click finger.
There are a few here at PT that will agree with that statement.
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I can see why you were pissed.

Looking at it from a different perspective, you may have overreacted a bit.

In the long run, she did possibly help you.

Be honest, you don't really want grammatical mistakes on your website right? She actually helped you find ways to improve your website.

It might not have been the way you wanted help, but it's all about how you want to approach it.
Agreed, but the tone of the letter is what makes it the beast that it is. Again, and I will always say this; I don't mind correction as long as it is given in the right spirit.
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How important do you think it is that your website be perfect as far as grammar, spelling, links, etc?
This may be pretty important.
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