Hayden wants to start taking Karate. We stopped in at a Karate place on Wednesday. I especially liked the place because it is conveniently located near our house. The people at the front desk offered to let Hayden take one 30 min class. I asked for a schedule and price list, they replied they would get that to me the next day.
Thursday we arrived at the Karate place on time. The facility was set up great. The space for the kiddos was huge, mirrors were strategically placed so each parent could see their child. Chairs invitingly lined the back wall waiting for eager observers to fill them. I was pretty impressed with the whole set up of everything. Myles was in his stroller and just couldn't take his eyes off of the other kids, when they would yell, he would yell. Hayden seemed to have fun, catch on to everything, interact well with the other children, and follow instructions, everything I could ask for.
30 minuets flew by. Hayden was thirsty and tired, he wanted a uniform. The teacher invited us to come into a private room (which was more like a storage area) and discuss the options. The teacher handed me a "magic card," which was imaginary but she actually went through the motions of handing it to me. If we signed up today then they would give us $125 worth of stuff for free- Hayden could walk away with a uniform. That was what the magic card was for- if we didn't sign up then I had to give it back, and if we came at a later date we'd have to buy $125 worth of stuff for him to start. That's not the best part though, the best part was that we had to sign up for a minimum of 8 months, put down a minimum of $150 and then pay a $125/month- conveniently withdrawn from our checking account each month, and I had to give an answer right away.
I told the teacher, "I'll have to speak to my husband about this." She said, "we need an answer right now in order to honor the prices, that I just gave you." I said, "I'm not going to make a decision right now, I think it would have been better if you gave me this yesterday, don't you?" "No, she replied, most people are prepared to spend this amount of money." To which I replied, "give me a break lady, no one is prepared to spend 1/2 private school tuition on two 30 min sessions of karate / week, for a five year old." Actually I didn't say that- I always come up with those quippy little lines in my head, an hour after the situation. But seriously, why do things have to be so gimmicky?
I'm not into gimmicks. At all. I've learned, if people want me to spend hundreds of dollars and I have to give them an answer right then, it's always going to be no. I'm not saying no to karate, I'm just saying no to that place. I'm confident we can find a fun, reasonable, respectable, karate place.
I've actually had this post written for the last few hours, and have been debating whether or not to post it, but alas I shall.