Remember Calmer Cat? She bought The Complaining Calf a birthday present. A walking roaring dinosaur. Except it didn’t roar. One very disappointed 6 year old. This dinosaur wasn’t just any old dinosaur this was a Marks and Spencer’s dinosaur. I looked on line to see if I could get another one, nope. None in Bluewater and none in Lakeside, our two nearest places.
So, I knew I’d get my money back. Obviously. But The Complaining Calf did want a replacement. So, I tweeted Marks and Spencer. I said I had a very disappointed 6 year old. They spent two days searching the country for a replacement. Now, why they couldn’t just type in the stock number and have all the M & S shops come up on the system in a few minutes I don’t know, but they did keep coming back telling me that they were still looking. But then, their online feedback/complaint process is utterly appalling too. (Not the people, the system).
They didn’t have one anywhere in the country! But while they were looking they said they would send a present to The Complaining Calf to say “Sorry”. They sent him this:
It had to be put together. The Bull helped with that. he said the instructions were rubbish. Make of that what you will……
Look at those scary teeth. I could cope with the instructions for that bit….
Anyway, I thought that was pretty good service and really going the extra mile. One cynical person said that perhaps my reputation went before me and got in their first….! Possibly, 🙂 but even though I am highly cynical, I haven’t (yet) written a post complaining about them, my ego isn’t big enough to think that Marks and Spencer staff read my blog! Who knows??? But I did think it was pretty good and so did The Complaining Calf. The only things about this though, is that that child is going to have a very distorted view of customer service as he grows up…….
This is the Calmer Cat in a presentation:
How approval bodies are failing to properly approve and monitor Alternative Dispute Resolution -
So I went to court. I won. Jolly good. While I waited for Tesco to pay up I thought I’d have a bit more fun at Tesco’s expense. Well why not? Firstly I drummed up some interest on Twitter for the post I published the following Monday. Over 100 tweets and rt’s that I know about, thousands of views of the blog post and how #Tescofail wasn’t trending I don’t know! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun last month!
Then I thought I’d have a bit more fun. Would you call it being vindictive? Yeah well whatever…!
Involving Sainsbury’s in the Tesco court case aftermath!
(Whilst I was having a bit of fun, WhichUK published “The power of the written word – don’t suffer in silence!” which included a link and description about what I do, including successfully taking Tesco to court).
I emailed Justin King the CEO of Sainsbury’s. I sent him the link to how he had previously dealt with a complaint and link to The Complaining Cow V Tesco. Within hours I had this response:
The sort of response I have come to expect from Justin King.
And the response to the same from the Tesco CEO?
I wrote to the CEO of Tesco and got the response I expected from him too. None. I sent him the links to both posts, same as Justin. I did add “Such narrow-mindedness and disregard for customers is probably a main reason for Tesco’s decline. Perhaps supermarkets should listen to customers, particularly those who complain and know how to get feedback from others who complain rather than treat them with such blatant ignorance. People are beginning to fight back against such treatment don’t you think?”
Two days later I got a response from the Customer Service Executive. I won’t bore you with the whole email correspondence but it went something like this:
Them: Sorry to hear about The Complaining Cow’s experience, we can’t comment on competitors, working to improve services, if you have any specific concerns will investigate.
Me: Notice you referred to post about Sainsbury’s but not the one about the court case! Noted gave CEO chance to respond on posts about him but he didn’t take it up. Try reading the posts and responding.
Them: Sorry CEO can’t respond to emails personally. (Funny how Sainsbury’s CEO can isn’t it? Oh and aren’t they doing better financially?) If the customer would like to contact them directly they’ll look into the post.
Me: Look a the email address, I am the customer…
Why Tesco hadn’t paid court order
Anyway, in the meantime I was told that I would receive the papers within a week and Tesco had 14 days from judgement to pay. Annoyingly, 14 days came and went and still no papers. I telephoned the court and was told that the Judge should not have told me that. Oh right Missus Stroppy Pants, you going to tell him that? No, she decided to tell me. Mistake. I might let the Judge know that apparently he is wrong and she is right. What do you think? Apparently administrators at Bow County Court think that it is okay to send out the papers on the date that I should have received payment. This means that the defendant who didn’t turn up at court wouldn’t know how much to pay either until they received the papers the same day. So, I could have sent in the baliffs on the 14th day, or rather the 15th day when I actually got the papers. That would have been funny. But they didn’t know how much to pay or even what the judgement was!
On the 29th June I received a letter from Tesco stating that a cheque was in the post and that the order was not posted until the day after payment should have been received. Far be it from me for being pedantic but actually it was posted on the day payment should have been received. Anyway, I am being kind. I know, I know, out of character. I will wait 14 days from them receiving the order and then, then if I don’t receive payment I’m sending in the bailiffs…….