While the world around us has certainly evolved and our social nuances are much more pronounced, human nature hasn’t really shifted that much from since we were cavemen.
Pompeii is a pretty great example of this. While hot molten lava was flowing down a mountain and about to consume everything the people of Pompeii held dear, they were out here trying to get one last fuck and drink some wine before they sizzled away.
Now, what was thought to just be any old message on a 4000-year tablet has actually turned out to be the oldest customer-service complaint in the world, and it definitely sounds like the sender wants to talk to the manager.
According to Quartz, about four thousand years ago, Nanni, most likely a businessman or artisan, wrote a note to a merchant, Ea-nasir, complaining that the copper ingots he had purchased were of inferior quality and that Ea-nasir had treated him badly by not refunding his money.
“How have you treated me for that copper? You have withheld my money bag from me in enemy territory; it is now up to you to restore (my money) to me in full. Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt.”
As you might be able to tell, old mate was fucking FUMING about his precious copper, and that he’d have to traverse into enemy territory just so he could get his money back.
This is basically the equivalent of dealing with some dodgy bloke on Gumtree who insists you “pick up” and lives in the sketchiest neighbourhood in town.
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