Originally posted by Willly
If Freddy is to believed (I find the mix of bad spelling, poor grammar, and English/Scottish AND American colloquialisms highly suspect!!!), it sounds as if both sides were ready for a fight before they even spoke to each other. Now a proprietor should never treat a customer with nothing less that total respect, the same rule ought to apply to customers. Rather than always assuming someone is trying to get something over you, why not assume a mistake happened. Basically yelling at someone and telling them that they're selling cr*p is going to get you nowhere.
Willy--I agree with you that the original posting sounds a bit suspect, and in fact, it sounds more like a vendetta than anything. However, I am not sure that it should be cast into doubt due to the spelling and grammar. Surely you have been on this board long enough to have seen some really egregious examples of poor spelling and incorrect language usage. Compared to some of the postings on this board, this particular one sounded almost like a Doctoral Dissertation!
Actually, I am very surprised that someone has not made some unkind remarks regarding your response. I say this because about a month ago, I made a snide remark regarding a posting by someone who claimed to be a college graduate, yet that person exhibited writing ability that would yield failing marks for someone in 6th grade. I was criticized by a couple of board members for my remark, which was, admittedly, dripping with sarcasm. However, I would not have commented except for the fact that this person was passing himself off as someone who had benefitted from higher education. I was really reacting to the rather unbelievable claim that this person was a college graduate. (As part of my evidence for this belief, the person's posting misspelled the word "college" in every instance, in addition to very poor grammar and spelling in general
I am usually willing to restrain myself from commenting about someone's writing ability, unless that person holds himself out to be something that he is not, and that is why I commented in that other case. I just do not like frauds, and actually react to that type of person much more quickly than I would to someone who is just poor at written communication. In this case, the person may have a valid point, but also may not be the best at communicating that point of view.
So, although I also have some doubt about the veracity of the "Braemar" posting, I think that poor spelling and grammar may be the least of the problems there. Of course, if that person now claims to be an Oxford Don, then I may have to revise my opinion.