This 4,000-Year-Old Tablet Is First Customer Complaint Ever Recorded

The Yelp reviews of the past looked a lot different 4,000 years ago. This tablet describes the first ever documented business complaint discovered. Apparently, there was some dispute over the quality of the copper ingots involved, and services that were not fulfilled. If there’s one thing that has not changed, it’s that no business is perfect, and that complaints like these have been around since the dawn of business. We’re just glad that the offended party took the time to carve out this complaint into stone.

(© The Trustees of the British Museum)CLAY TABLET. FOUND: Ur, Iraq. CULTURE: Old Babylonian. DATE: 1750 B.C. LANGUAGE: Akkadian.
(© The Trustees of the British Museum)CLAY TABLET. FOUND: Ur, Iraq. CULTURE: Old Babylonian. DATE: 1750 B.C. LANGUAGE: Akkadian.

Here’s the full transcript:

When you came, you said to me as follows: “I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots.” You left then but you did not do what you promised me. You put ingots that were not good before my messenger (Sit-Sin) and said: “If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!” What do you take me for, that you treat somebody like me with such contempt….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.