So on Wednesday our lady client says to me, Do you know where the little pot with the cilantro is?
I had noticed it the previous day, sitting in a patch of sun, when the Russians had been interviewing me for one of their rooftop garden programs. The reporter had noticed it and drawn my attention to the name stamped into the terra cotta: it was her last name. Sweet, I said. They took a picture of it. What is plant? she asked. Cilantro, I said. Oh! We eat this in Russia, she said.
I didn't think of it again.
Wednesday the pot is gone, the terrace scoured for it. I look at the clients and say, I think I know where it may be; I think the Russians may have it.
They raise their eyebrows.
At the office, I call the reporter. The pot, with your name stamped on it? - I know this is a silly question but is it possible, might you have...TAKEN it?
...Yes!, she said, But why would they miss such small [derisive voice] pot?
Bring it back, I said.
I called the woman who originally contacted me from RTVi, and explained what had happened, and said how upset I was. She took it, I said. And we left the terrace together: I did not see the pot, so it was hidden in a bag!
Disbelief from this Russian. Is nart parsseeble!
The nerve! said the client, when I explained what had happened. This after they had granted the crew access to terrace, to house, and even agreed to be on camera...
A little pot. But what the RTVi crew could not get. into. their. heads, was that what we do, design and plant gardens in homes, is based on trust. You touch nothing, you take nothing. EVER.
Instead of saying, We messed up, their apology (and never from the reporter herself) was accompanied by the defence that they though it was garbage. That they thought the gardeners would throw it away.
Would they not have asked..Um, is this trash? May we smuggle this out in our capacious bag?
The pot was returned.
We pulled the plug on any farther filming or dealings with RTVi. Our clients were amazed that the Russians actually begged them to be allowed to go on filming, this after they had been banned from the premises.
And me? Really pissed off. And surprised. And chagrined. And...indignant. And surprised. And...