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Class starts late - would you complain?

My Pilates teacher is great - good fun and good at what she does, but every week it seems the class starts late. Monday was the last class, for me, until the new term and she started a good ten minutes later (and finished a minute early!). It seems its always at least five mins late this days and it really annoys me.

If you were me, would you let it go, or would you send her an email politely pointing it out.

(The class has about 10 pupils, usually, and should be an hour long).


Posted at 11th Dec 2007 - 06:18PM   Posted by Faith   Class starts late - would you complain? Comments: 10

Preseli Mags's Avatar Gosh, that would annoy me too. What do the other class members think? If you pay for an hour, surely you should get an hour.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 11th Dec 2007 at 06:58PM

Cait's Avatar Yes an email pointing it out, after all you pay for an hour.

Posted by: Cait on 11th Dec 2007 at 07:07PM

Milla's Avatar Oh that so annoys me!
Four of us have a tennis lesson each week, and he DOES LIKE TO CHAT!! We're all rubbish at moving things on, although have chatted (in our own time!) about how maddening it is. We're just too polite and bred to please, but all his chat costs us money. Plus he starts late (often up to ten mins) and finishes bang on time if not a moment or 2 before and that's after mucho chatto about holidays and tennis on TV or philosophical issues - all very interesting but .... He's really nice (and clearly thinks we're quite fun but wasting our money as we're all *rap at tennis) but none of this is the point. We're paying to be taught and can't work out a way to enforce it. We act "surprised" when the hour is up, "What? ten past already?" we say jovially, cunningly alluding to the late start. "Fraid so," he says, smiling, " I've got my next lesson now" or "We'll work on backhand volleys next week" (always guaranteed to wipe the smile off your face and cut you short in your tracks!)
Sorry, am waffling, as per, but just want to say that will monitor this thread and see if someone can come up with a British way of doing this, getting your point without having to force the issue or be, horrors!, confrontational.

Posted by: Milla on 11th Dec 2007 at 08:20PM

Faith's Avatar PM, I don't know what the other class members think. I don't socialise with them and its just polite chit chat before class. Trouble is the teacher is American and lots of the pupils are too - big American community round here - and they all have lots to talk about.

I think I WILL email - really nicely. The class was yesterday and I don't want to leave it too long. I will let you know if I get a reply.

Also because people know she doesnt start on them, then they are a little late, and its a knock on effect. And the more late arrivals, the more interruptions to the class.

My girls' dance teacher used to do this too - drives me mad!

Posted by: Faith on 11th Dec 2007 at 08:33PM

Withy Brook's Avatar It is a horrid habbit and cheat. As you say it is a vicious circle. I am sure you ought to email or talk in the polite chit-chat about the late start.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Dec 2007 at 10:07PM

Camilla's Avatar I think an email to her would do the trick, pointing it out that you pay an hour and expect just this.


Posted by: Camilla on 12th Dec 2007 at 12:08AM

Frances's Avatar Yes, maybe a polite e-mail might work, but also consider uniting with the rest of the class and bring along a kitchen timer. When the class begins, set it for an hour, and don't leave until the bell rings.

How do you all make the payments? Can you pro rate the fee to the length of the class?

Gosh, I do sound tough, but my recent five years of retail life with the public has really taught me a thing or two, or five....


Posted by: Frances on 12th Dec 2007 at 02:46AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Yup, I was thinking along the same lines as Frances (though hadn't thought of the timer!). Get together with everyone and just be there, down on your mats, ready to go at exactly the time. Smile but don't get involved in chat.....if she says anything, maybe say, nicely, ' We love our Pilates and would like to get our full hour's worth, if it's OK with you....' Should get the message!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 12th Dec 2007 at 08:07AM

Cait's Avatar Trouble is getting everyone together, there are probably a lot of people who enjoy chit-chat more than Pilates and then there are those too mouse like to complain. I would go it alone (typical Aries).

Posted by: Cait on 12th Dec 2007 at 08:18AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Pah - I'd poke her in the eye then grab her by her vest and tell what's what.

Seriously though she may not realise how you are feeling so a good idea to tell her - you are after all paying for her time and not receiving it - perhaps you could suggest a free class everynow and again to make up for the time you are losing. The prospect of losing the money for a class may well help her to see your point of view.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Dec 2007 at 12:53PM

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