Having a rant about something rather than being complimentary is a bit like frowning rather than smiling. To frown requires many more muscles than smiling and so it takes a lot more effort. Having a rant takes up much more energy, I’m sure, than commenting on something nice that’s happened. Recently I’ve been having a few rants about customer service, no change being given on buses, apostrophes in the wrong place, Easter things on sale when Christmas has hardly finished and silly signs in garden centres. I’m exhausted from all those irritations and annoyances. There must be more, but that list is long enough to be embarrassing! So to redress the balance a little, here is some praise for customer service.
In November I went to a charity Ball (where I won the Bruno Mars CD) and in honour of the occasion I had bought a new ‘posh frock’. When I got it home from the store I noticed that one of the little buttons from the detailing down the back of the dress was damaged. There were two spare buttons with the dress, but I didn’t really want to have to use one of them before I had even worn it, so decided to go back to the shop the next day and see if I could exchange the dress. I had bought it in a John Lewis (other stores do exist, it’s just that I go there quite often! 🙂 ) in a different town because it was a larger branch than my local one, but decided just to go to my local one as the first port of call. I went to the dress department and as I was looking on the rails for ‘my’ dress an assistant asked if she could help. I explained the problem and she apologised for the fact that the store didn’t carry that particular style, but she could order one to be delivered next day, or she could refund me some money and she would arrange for some more buttons to be sent to me so that I could use one of my spare buttons and still have spares in case of future need. I opted for the price reduction and replacement buttons – thinking to myself that there was a slim chance that the buttons would appear (based on previous experiences of similar promises in other stores).
I went home happily after a decent reduction in the price of the dress (it’s always good to get a bargain I think!) and replaced the damaged button with one of my spare ones. I thought that would be the end of it. The very next day, however, an envelope arrived from my local branch of John Lewis containing three replacement buttons and a note from the assistant hoping that I would enjoy the Ball! I thought that was excellent customer service, and I’ve written to John Lewis to tell them.
It’s good to know that some establishments still know how to look after their customers. 🙂