manage to smile while putting up with so much ungodly crap from students. Some students need and DESERVE to be fired.
A student of my earlier days bought ten lessons. He set up a standing for 5:15pm every Tuesday. It took him almost an entire year to finish his 10 lessons because he cancelled so often. I never really cared that he cancelled because no one else really likes to come in at 5 ... it's too late for the afternoon clientele and too early for the working class... but I am sitting there anyways.
And more than once he showed up at least 15 minutes late for a 45 minute lesson. Towards the end of the year he even asked if I had an extra 15 minutes before or after his next lesson. So that I could make up his missed time. I told him I was booked solid both before and after his lessons... I never told him what a ridiculous assumption it was that I OWED him 15 minutes that he was late for. This is the same man who sent me an email that I owed him 4 minutes because I cut out a little early last week (he was my 6th lesson in a row with no break and I REALLY needed to go to the bathroom!) so FINE I gave him an extra 4 minutes the following week.
On his last paid lesson, as I walked on the floor to greet him, he asked me if I got a new car, because there was a Maserati sitting in the parking lot. I laughed and then walked over to the window to see, and he said "but don't take time out of my lesson!" Again I simply smiled and went immediately back on the floor with him. At the end of his lesson he said "So that's my last lesson I think" I said "Yes, it is. Now, excuse me I don't want to be late to the next couple." and walked away. Sometimes it is not worth the hassle of firing, over just a handful of lessons. It was easy enough to just wait it out calmly and simply not open the door for any further lessons. He can't say anything bad about me except that "She is very busy." And there is no drama or weirdness. Because definitely there is weirdness when ever I run into the two guys I fired years back.