So, this happened and I wanted to share it with you, because it is a perfect example of why communication is such a good, useful thing.
One of my usual customers, who stops by every few months for toys, treats, etc, texted me with a list of the stuff they wanted, a few weeks in advance. We have agreed that this is the best way to go about this, as otherwise, they come here and pretty much clear me out (which is fine... but not so good for the next appointments). So, we agreed on the pickup day, and that day came sooner than I hoped, and the night before, I was downstairs until 2 am, working on their last few toys (cause honestly, we are talking... 6 of this one, 8 of this one... and so on). Finally got them done.
I had another person coming for an order a little earlier than them, and I decided to wait on getting the remainder of their stuff ready, since it was already 2 am, and I figured I would get up early in the morning and work on it then.
Morning comes (well, later morning), and I get up and continue to work on the order for the first person. I'm not done by the time they get there, but no biggie, we intro their chin to one of ours while I complete the order. Everything gets done, and they leave with their new chin buddy and supplies.
Meanwhile... the other person, with the huge order that I stayed up until 2 am working on... as of an hour after the time the were supposed to arrive, had not texted / called / emailed / anything, to let me know that they were or were not coming. I even texted them about 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment, to ask if they were still coming.... nothing.
I don't know if they forgot, or if something came up. But let's just say, for sake of argument, that something came up and they need to reschedule (which is the most common).... if they had told me, I would not have stayed up all night working on their toys, as I could have done that, well, anytime! During the day, I mean. Just asking for a little consideration, because I lost sleep (and if you know me, you know how much I love my sleep) to get this order done... and the person isn't here to get it. If they'd just said, hey they could pick it up next week (said this, the night before), yeah I would have had most of it done, but I could have slowly finished the rest and not rushed, and for sure, not stayed up late at night. But with no communication... well, here we are.