PBN Blues Series: “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” – The Temptations

Welcome once again to the PBN Blues Series.  We have gone through quite a nice run, and today will feature a topic that is near and dear to this writer’s heart.  This is not aimed at anyone in particular, but ladies, on this one you probably will feel this one pretty deeply.

This scenario in our series will deal with child support.  Yes, the Friend of the Court is not every one’s friend.  Here in Detroit, it is very hard to track down the needed resources to help the agency help the mothers and fathers who depend upon it.  So here she comes into your shop.  Let’s begin here.

How to be a little too familiar and offend the client

Brandy P. comes to you spitting fire.  Her bills are behind, the rent is due, and her child support check would help keep the wolf from her door if it came on time.  But it never comes on time.  In fact, it comes so rarely that it is more of an annual surprise.  Her aim is to make that man pay in many ways.  She is speaking extremely loudly about her anger, and customers are shying away.

By Kalia-law
By Kalia-law

You ask her what it is she wants to have happen.  Brandy P. wants her child support, all of it, at once.  You do a sideways smirk and tell her that she knows that is not going to happen.  You also tell her that she should expect men who are (insert a nationality) and “low-class” to behave this way.  They are all dogs, after all.  You add the requisite term “girl” to emphasize your sympathy and authority on these things.

Brandy P.‘s face has just twisted into a scowl worthy of a Great Lakes sea captain in a squall.  Your attempt at forming a rapport with the client by downgrading the status of her children’s father has just gone down into the Bad Business Judgment Hall of Fame.  You have just implied that you feel above him, and by logical conclusion, her as well.  You receive a well deserved verbal lashing, and the client walks out slamming your door.  In that moment, you are what we call “made of Fail”.

 

How to have empathy, but still maintain a professional manner in this

Brandy P. comes to you spitting fire.  Her bills are behind, the rent is due, and her child support check would help keep the wolf from her door if it came on time.  But it never comes on time.  In fact, it comes so rarely that it is more of an annual surprise.  Her aim is to make that man pay in many ways.  She is speaking extremely loudly about her anger, and customers are shying away.

By Emergency Brake from Your mom's house (Aaahhh!!!)
By Emergency Brake from Your mom’s house (Aaahhh!!!)

You know a potentially volatile customer when you see one.  In your best calming voice, you ask her if she is going to be attempting to kill him.  This will probably do one of two things.  One, she may be shocked out of her rage and focus on calming down a bit.  Or two, it could lead her to say that she is indeed hellbent on harming, up to killing, him.  Neither of these will get her money today.

 

If it is the first reaction, you can now focus on an action plan.  If it is the second one, then it is time to tell her to leave your store until she can calm down her emotions.  This only applies, of course, if you are not the sort that sells this kind of magick.  If so, then this is where you stop reading and handle your business in your own way.  For the rest of the readers, let’s deal with the first possible reaction.

So in this instance, the client has calmed and decided to focus on what is needed to accomplish collection of monies owed.  You get her to understand that takes the path of least resistance and so she needs to identify her goals individually. You do this because she has more than one issue here.  She needs money, and she needs the father to comply with the payments that have been ordered.  Identification and comprehension of how to analyze her tasks will allow her to get her desired results.

Brandy P. likes fire based workings.  This is seemingly in accord with her personality.  Working together, you decide a quick money spell is in order for the bills is priority.  A dressed candle with a combination blend of High John, some appropriate herbs, and a few oils fit the immediate conditions.  You caution her to use the Bay leaves added to the work, as she did not seem inclined to add them to the bill.  This is to assure no Monkey’s Paw with the working.

Stronger measures will be taken for the child support issue.  Instead of a candle, you have worked with the customer to choose to create a lamp.  This will be a stronger and more lasting work.  Spell components are gathered and she has her timetable for repurchasing supplies.

You know she will be back, so you have written down a formula list with her name on it.  Only the first name and last initial are used.  This ensures confidentiality.  Brandy P. leaves your store on a mission, and satisfied with her experience in your shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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