Miss Aida
I hate unprofessionalism with a passion. There are many things in life that annoy me concerning the habits of others, but being unprofessional has to be on the top of my list.

Here’s the scenario.

A student club, organizing a dinner for it’s members, and holding the dinner solely on sponsorship money. Company X has confirmed sponsoring the amount of AUD3000, and so after finalising other sponsorship details, the club happily goes about doing other important things. The venue is booked, the invitations sent out to university representatives, the food is ordered, program books printed. The normal, run of mill things one does when organizing an event on that scale.

Then Company X e-mails one week before the event, after all the reservations have been made, and apologizes, saying that due to other factors unbeknownst to us, they are only able to sponsor a total of AUD1000.

Two thousand dollars short, after arrangements have been made based on the allocated budget that we were given.

Two thousand dollars short, told at the last minute after the committee had worked for months to ensure the event would run as smoothly as possible.

Two thousand dollars short, with no way to raise that money within the week, and not having a back-up budget big enough to cover the sudden excess.

I hate the fact that the company is perfectly aware of the date that we had organized our event and didn’t have the courtesy to tell us in advance that they would not be able to sponsor the amount originally promised. I hate the fact that they pulled back so late in the stages of planning that we are left floundering, shocked and stunned with no idea how to pull things off. I hate the fact that our hard work has blown up in our faces because a company had no idea how to be professional.

The crux of the matter is, being unprofessional impacts hugely on others, on other organizations, on other bodies, on other communities. It’s not one person that is affected, it is tens, or hundreds, or thousands. And that’s why I hate it.
10 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Assalamualaikum Aida..

    My dear, I'm so sorry to hear about what's happened. How could they? You must be sooo stresed. Hope everything will turn out alright in the end insyaAllah.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    That was me btw..


  3. LaiLy Says:

    i hope u're not talking about fiesta malaysia? i've been wondering how amal's been doing lately since i dont seeher online anymore. u guys must be busy with the preparation. hang in there you. i hope something will pop along the way and everything will go on well then. insya Allah

    p/s - take care of my fave girl for me k? thank u :)

  4. the witch Says:

    damn. so sorry to read abt this. you must be so stressed out now :-S

    shit like this happens so much in my line... didn't know that an aussie company could be so unprofessional too...

    i hope eevrything works out...

  5. ...lawsuit?

    Any company should know better than that. A last-minute chicken-shitting-out like that is definitely gonna be bad for their rep.

    More importantly, how did you guys handle it?
    What happened after that?

  6. Anonymous Says:

    that's soooo fcuked up!!
    takpe, u guys can pull it off. :)

  7. yeah, that was pretty damn annoying. and the saddest part is, there's not much you can do to get back at them. Just shitty.

    Hope things are fine though.

  8. Tash Says:

    Tell them no dice. They have to shore up that AUD$2000 they owe as promised, because what they are doing is complete bull. If they don't comply then let them know that within the week a certain well known Melbourne so-called "current affairs" programme is going to get a tip about this whole stinkin affair and they'll have reporters (as a future journalism professional i use the term here loosely) knocking on their doors and a segment about 'Irresponsible Scrooge Companies' is going to air.

  9. April Says:

    Disaster management. It's good to always have backup.

    Good luck!

  10. Iyra Says:

    i love tash's idea! it sounds a bit funny but i think u could actually pull it off! sorry to hear about what happened though. sorta have been there before, funny how some grown ups could have zero common sense. adeke bagi tahu one week before. geez. brains on vacation ke.

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