Scare the Trick or Treaters The Complaining Cow Way!

I put in “Ideas for really frightening children at Halloween” into Google images. Up came a picture of Amy Childs and one of Boris Johnson. So look out for them trick or treating and make sure you scare them away so they don’t come back!

Dress your dog up for Halloween to scare the kids away

Right, I don’t care if you think Halloween is great fun and a good opportunity to go round to people’s houses and let your kids annoy, inconvenience and scare people they don’t know. It’s begging okay? If you have friends with whom you have agreed for your child/ren to trick or treat with that is not. That is agreeing a game. Going round to people’s houses and asking for sweets and money is begging and that’s illegal did you know? Simples. So many of the kids that do go begging don’t even make an effort with their costume, so they are lazy as well. How many collect for charity? You do? Really? Where’s your ID and paperwork?

The kids round our way know that the witch lives at our house so don’t bother! The bull accidentally did a trick a few years ago. He told them to come back later when I was in. They did and I sent them away with “A don’t come begging at my door” still ringing in their ears as they went along their merry way. Good trick eh?

On a cautionary note joking aside don’t let your kids go to doors of people they don’t know because it is rude frankly. But if you must do it please please please go with them. 1) To stop them actually getting into trouble and 2) It’s not actually safe to let kids roam streets knocking on random doors you know! Some people won’t be told though… I used to run open access play schemes and children as young as five would be sent out on their own to play…

Link to a poster to say no to trick or treating if you want to be a bit more polite than me at The Diary of a Frugal Family blog.

On Facebook I asked for some ideas for frightening children. Here are some tame and less tame ones should you need some inspiration.

1) Worm jelly
2) Push scary plastic hand through letterbox (with one finger missing optional)
3) Open door foaming at the mouth (milk shake or soap if you are feeling brave and shout “I have rabies”
4) Lie at the door under dark sheet and sit up and shout as the kids approach the door
5) Brussels wrapped up in foil and put in jelly
6) Race out of door dressed in white coat covered in fake blood and chainsaw in hand (blade not in there please!)
7) Let off fire extinguisher
8) Dress as the Black Reaper hidden in the darkness then just slowly appear as they walk towards the door
9) Dress your dog up like the picture
10) Cover onions in chocolate and put them on sticks
11) Put a sign up on the door saying “The Vagrancy Act 1824 (section 3) Enables the arrest of anybody who is begging”.
Or perhaps the most frightening of all….
12) Get The Complaining Cow to open the door…

Please add to the list here!

 

Flowers Direct Didn’t Direct Flowers!

No Friesians here!

A few months ago I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my husband’s sister. Now I have to say I’ve used Flowers Direct a lot over the years and never had a problem until now…!

Luckily my husband asked his sister if she liked the flowers and she said she hadn’t received them. As you would expect if you have read anything on this Blog I complained. I emailed on the 30th April to say that they hadn’t been delivered. I got a stunning email in return. I received a confirmation on the 1st May that the delivery on the 30th April would be made. Good eh? I emailed again and got a response to say that they were looking into it. Days later I emailed again but heard nothing. So on the 11th May I emailed the CEO quoting the relevant Laws that they were breaking. (Supply of Goods and Service Act 1982 and Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994) (For goods and services after October 1st 2015 use the Consumer Rights Act 2015). No response. So what does one do then? You can always do something! I drafted a letter to the Credit Card company as Flowers Direct had not delivered anything for the money. I sent them a copy and guess what? Yes, I got a reply!

The amount was under £100 and so it was therefore not protected by Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Card Act . However it would be fraud if a company takes money and doesn’t provide anything for it!

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Flowers Direct was involved in some business buying out another and so emails were getting lost I was told. So often it’s poor internal communication that results in the non delivery of goods/service. The Customer Services Representative gave a full refund and asked if I would like a bouquet sent to the recipient or myself. I told her both (and got them!)

Customer Service 7 out of 10
CEO 0 out of 10
Prize £40 refund plus two bouquets

 

Rating – on the turn?