"Compliments. Give us some compliment"
This is the usual hullabaloo in any store after the final billing and packing of the things bought. Its the colloquial word for "complimentary gifts".
This concept might not be native to India, but the way the gifts are demanded is. :-) Generally, complimentary gifts and take-aways are given off in stores as a token of appreciation for the business and also that customer loyalty remains. But we here take it to a different level, anything FREE is not spared; even be it consuming acid if its available for free :-P
Its our constitutional right to demand 'compliments'; whether they are being given or not. And to think of the manner in which people demand it, its somehow incomprehensible to me. I mean, you shell out thousands of rupees to buy a diamond necklace; get some discount after much persistence and everything is done. Now after the billing, you fight with the sales person about the choice of your compliment.
"Such a small purse? I need that bag. Why dont you give? I bought a lakh worth of jewelry!!" - you can hear such grumble. At that precise moment, the diamond necklace is so trivial in value compared to that bag that the salesman is refusing to give as a compliment.
Buy a washing machine and fight for complimentary washing powder, buy a sleek smart phone and fight for complimentary free talk time.....
We fight tooth and nail unless we get the 'compliments' we want. We forget where we are, who is looking at us, whats the circumstances. Well, I just caught myself on time yesterday trying to fish for a compliment at a store. I paused, looked around and saw people staring at me; for the way I was close to fighting,
This post is the result of self-realization and got me thinking.
How about complimentary gift at a dentist - "Buy a service of filling one tooth and get a complimentary gift of getting a healthy tooth pulled out. Our complimentary package does not include anesthesia"
Complimentary gift in a salon - "Pay for trimming beard and get a complimentary gift of tonsuring head"
Complimentary gift at a cold storage store - "Buy 1 kg of chicken and get 1 egg free"
Complimentary package with a lawyer - "Take counseling service and get service for divorce as complimentary"
Complimentary with a software product - "Buy our latest technology and get bugs free"
All that we are concerned is the 'compliment'. But any takers for the above?