“I’m hoping you can help me,” said the man who came into the store as soon as I unlocked the door last Saturday morning.
“I’ll try,” I said. “What’s up?”
He explained that he had purchased a keg of Newcastle for a party that he was having that afternoon and he needed a CO2 tank to dispense the beer.
“Do you have a regulator?” I asked.
“No,” he said. “Do I need a regulator, too?”
“I’m afraid so,” I said. “What exactly do you have?”
“Just the thing that connects to the keg.”
“The coupler?” I asked.
“That’s right,” he said. “Something called an S coupler.”
“Is there a beer line and a faucet connected to the coupler?”
He shook his head. “A few days after I ordered the keg the store called and told me that Newcastle takes a special coupler. They didn’t have one so I ordered it online.”
“Ah,” I said. “Now I understand.” I proceeded to tell him how much it would cost for a CO2 tank, regulator, tail pieces, clamps, gas line, beer line and plastic cobra tap.
“That’s a lot of money for something I might never use again,” he said.
“It is,” I agreed.
“Well,” he said. “I guess I don’t have a choice.”
“If I had the right part I would be happy to take an air pump off one of my taps and hook it up to your coupler,” I said. “But I don’t have the right union. Do you have the coupler with you?” I asked after thinking for a few moments.
“No, but I can go get it.”
While the man was gone, I gathered some hardware, hoses, clamps and a faucet and removed an air pump for one of our picnic taps. He returned with the coupler thirty minutes later and while I assembled the make-shift tap he perused the store and brought a couple of bags of bulk tea up to the sales counter.
“This is a nice store.”
“Thank you," I said. “First time here?”
“Yes. I called a friend and told him my predicament and he suggested I come here.”
“The threads don’t match but I think this will be fine,” I said while trying the pump. “This will save you a few bucks. Let me know how it works.”
“More than a few,” he said after seeing the total rung up on the cash register. "Thank you.”
“Glad to help,” I said, and made a mental note to order a few of the unions.
A few days later I received the following email:
Just wanted to let you know that your jury-rigged pump worked great. In fact it is still pumping brown nectar. So, thank you for saving the day and my wallet!
The tea is great and I am spreading the word about your fine establishment.Over the years I’ve had the good fortune of dealing with countless people in countless businesses who were willing to go the extra mile to resolve a problem. It’s nice when an opportunity arises where I can do the same.
See you soon!
|The makeshift Newcastle tap|
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