Tuesday, July 25, 2006

the aftermath

So i got a email from Cathi (the LYS owner)...

Dear Krystofer,

I am so thankful you took the time to send me your thoughts. I can not begin to tell you how badly i feel about yesterday. I am sorry, and truthfully just sick about what happened. I left here feeling really bad, and very sad. As i told my family last night, that is the thing that the robber took from me....trust.

I am sure you were embarrassed, as was i. No, i don't see color of skin....and yes, you are right we did carry on a conversation about knitting....and i sensed that you were here with purpose. Then as i said, you seemed to be watching me more that looking at product and frankly that made me more that nervous. You see the guy who robbed the shop 18 months ago also had a lengthy conversation with me, i had seen him in the store before. So there you go.

I do apologize to you. I would like to get to know you better and help you make socks. Really i would. As a matter of fact i would like to offer you a Tuesday night knitting class on me. I thought about that last night and didn't even have your name or a way to contact you. So i thank you for giving me the opportunity to apologize and make you this offer. Perhaps when i get to know you better i will explain to you better about my former experience and maybe you will forgive my actions.
Please give me a call or drop in so that we can begin afresh.
Regards, Cathi


So I think I'm going to take her up on this offer. It wont be tomorrow or anything I work nights at Starbucks so knit night activities are kinda hard sometimes and I'm still working over the embarresment that the situation caused but hopefully we can meet up soon. Even if its just for a cup of coffee somewhere so we can just talk *and knit of course*...I might be able to do that sooner than go to her shop. I don't want to be around a large group of people if they are the same people that were in her shop yesterday I don't think I can handle the staring.

But I got a email starting her feels and saying she was sorry and that's all I really wanted out of all this.

9 comments:

KnitXcorE said...

It's awesome that she apologized! (and that it didn't blow up into a giant thing) and YAY free sock class....

Jon said...

It's good that she apologized. Perhaps you gurls can come to a happy median...

CynCyn said...

i'm glad she had the decency to apologize. not sure i believe her when she says the color of your skin or hair, or whatever didn't factor into her decision to call the cops, but she did make a nice apology.

now? i'd be wondering why the police dept felt it was necc. to send FOUR policemen to the store. FOUR? You must look something fierce Krys!!

happy sock knitting!

Zazzu said...

Krys...you are a bigger person than I. No apology she could give would make me give her any more of my business. It would just give me closure on the situation and keep me from totally badmouthing her store. But I'd never shop there again.

I guess I'm just not forgiving enough.

Have a great time knitting socks! They really are fun (and so nice and portable).

Midnight Purls said...

I just stumbled across your blog and read what happened at your visit to the yarn store. How awful and embaressing that must have been for you.

I'm glad she apologized, but me personally, I don't know if I'd be able to go back after that. I'd be so angry.

Hope you enjoy knitting your socks!

spinndiva said...

I justfound your blog and read what happened... that must have been horrible! I hope you get to feeling better about all this after you talked to her... I would go talk to her, I am not sure, if I would go back there to shop again though...
*hugs* to you!
and : SOCKS ROCK!!!!

CanarySanctuary said...

I too just found your blog and read what happened. What a terrible thing for that woman to do! Robbed or not, just because someone looks a certain way doesn't mean they're going to hurt you. Isn't that something you're supposed to learn by the time you're 10 years old? I hope you have better sock-yarn buying experiences in the future!

Miss V said...

For someone who has been robbed, she is perhaps a little "gun shy" so to speak. You handled the situation very well and I'd take her up on the free knitting class...

and then shop somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I have just read the whole saga of the LYS incident, I really think you have handled a terrible situation with maturity, but I would like to say to the many people who have rubbished the LYS owner, please cut her some slack, what she did was OTT but put yourself in her place. She was obviously scared and in that situation we tend to overreact.

I do hope you and her can start again, I truly don't believe from anything you have written that there was anything discriminatory in her actions, again I say it was a scared lady.

From what I have read on your blog, you are a very mature and 'together' person, please do not let this incident dent your faith in human beings.

Sending you hugs, oh yeah love the socks.
Tricia in England