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Old 07-18-2013, 09:03 PM  
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Customer service issue.

Okay: my wife has a store (wedding crap). A girl won a raffle and got a $50 gift certificate. She ordered an item from us and spent some other money as well. All good so far.

Our employee went back and forth with producers of item (there is a proofing process) but neglected to give final approve to produce item because she forgot prior to going on vacation and then forgot when she returned from vaction. Thus item was unmade for 2 weeks. We had told customer we would have item for her in two weeks. When we found out item was not approved by employee, we paid rush fee to have item made quickly. Sadly, this all happened around 4th of July and item was not made for 3 More weeks (5 week total). Customer also dropped invites off at store so we could apply item to them for her. We then paid $90 to have item overnighted (mind you the customer paid nothing for item because was won in drawing) when it was made. Unfortunately, item was still not made, and her deadline (and limits of her patience) for sending invites was reached, so she picked them back up and sent without item.

Item arrives next day and she picks it up. She has now bad mouthed our business on Facebook.

Now, initial problem was definitely our mistake. We then went above and beyond, IMO, to try to rectify issue, especially considering we were getting zero money on this transaction.

My question: just let it go? Or should we try to let the customer know the amount we spent trying to rectify situation? We've already apologized repeatedly and offered her husband some free shit when he came to pick up item, which he declined.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:23 AM   #31
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I'd say let it go, if she's talked shit on Facebook and you've apologized then the damage is done. Customers never want to hear sorry, all they want is free shit while they tell you they'd like to hear sorry. Working in the food industry for over a decade has taught me that if a customer is pissed, the game is already over, because either you're going to bend over backwards to help them or they'll claim to never shop in your store again and then they come back a week later. Just make sure the mistake doesn't happen again and to make sure that employee handles their shit before they go on vacation regardless of how much they can't wait to get out of there.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:26 AM   #32
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Isn't there a service called reputation defender? I think I heard it on the radio one time.
And how would that work?
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:01 AM   #33
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:18 AM   #34
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I think you should just apologize for the mishap and move on to other business. Any attempt to give extra stuff will just be looked at as a bribe. Probably why the extra stuff offered was declined. Any retaliatory words or actions towards the winner, who is at no fault of their own in this matter, would just look bad upon you. Just apologize and move on. If the winner still continues with the malcontent behavior, repeat the apology and note that it isn't the first time for the apology.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:01 AM   #35
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I haven't read the whole thread, but I would do whatever it took to make her happy. You've already admitted it was a colossal **** up. Previous customer or not, a great opportunity got squandered because of an employee's mistake. I would explain the whole situation to her, and your cost just so she knows how hard you tried to make it right. I would also fire the employee over it. It may have been one mistake, but it was one that is costing you a lot of money. In bad pub as well as out of pocket expense to make that customer happy. You can't afford having those kind of liabilities around. Just my .02.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:15 AM   #36
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And how would that work?
There is a company that advertises that. I think its more them checking sites like yelp and trying to claim that negative reviews are fake and having them taken down, though. I can't imagine they could do anything about something like this.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:16 AM   #37
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under normal work circumstances, I'd agree with floppy, but the wedding dynamic is one you can't **** with. live & learn.

I might ask the employee to fork over company damages, just to drive it home.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:17 AM   #38
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under normal work circumstances, I'd agree with floppy, but the wedding dynamic is one you can't **** with. live & learn.

I might ask the employee to fork over company damages, just to drive it home.
That would be a terrible idea, really.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:38 AM   #39
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Take the high road. Apologize and move on. This is not a normal customer transaction and should not be treated as such. And it's definitely not someone trying to get money back on a McDouble after eating it. This is someone who won a prize, claimed it, spent extra money in the store that they probably didn't have to, and told a final redemption would be in 2 weeks. 5 weeks from winning and winner still not able to claim prize because not of their own doing. Whether she paid for item or not is invalid. She was promised by said time, time was broken because of lack of attention to detail by staff and ownership. What the total costs to the store is not relevant. Winner does not need to be made to feel guilty by how much money you spent to fix a situation you are responsible for. Take the ill review lumps and try to learn from it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:07 AM   #41
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Yep, it isn't worth the hassle. You could probably give her a thousand dollars cash and she still wouldn't be happy. Live and learn. You tried to rectify the situation, you did everything within your power to help remedy the issue. You didn't put blame on someone else, sometimes crap like this happens, and nothing you can do will make the customer happy. Just chalk it up as experience and tighten the straps up so something like this doesn't happen again.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:15 AM   #42
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under normal work circumstances, I'd agree with floppy, but the wedding dynamic is one you can't **** with. live & learn.

I might ask the employee to fork over company damages, just to drive it home.
No way, if he has one employee (IIRC he only has one) and he trusts them and she trusts her, he will lose their trust and maybe her employment if he asks her to pay for the costs. This type of situation is the cost of doing business. A business accepts responsibility for their employees actions, lets face it, mistakes happen and they suck. All you can do is try to fix the situation, educate those involved and try to prevent it from happening again. If she did the same thing over and over again, I would fire her if she continually did it, but that isn't the case here.
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under normal work circumstances, I'd agree with floppy, but the wedding dynamic is one you can't **** with. live & learn.

I might ask the employee to fork over company damages, just to drive it home.
Women and their wedding bullshit is serious business for sure. My ex and her mother damn near drove me crazy with that shit, and it was more her mother.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:20 AM   #44
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I haven't read the whole thread, but I would do whatever it took to make her happy. You've already admitted it was a colossal **** up. Previous customer or not, a great opportunity got squandered because of an employee's mistake. I would explain the whole situation to her, and your cost just so she knows how hard you tried to make it right. I would also fire the employee over it. It may have been one mistake, but it was one that is costing you a lot of money. In bad pub as well as out of pocket expense to make that customer happy. You can't afford having those kind of liabilities around. Just my .02.
Some customers will not be happy period. It isn't worth hemorrhaging out money and firing an employee over it. If the employee doesn't learn from the mistake, by all means fire her. He would be better suited to step the customer service of their shop up a notch and make sure all his current customers are 100% happy. 10 good reviews counteract the 1 negative review. The general public isn't completely stupid, they can siphon through reviews and understand there will usually be a couple negative reviews, as long as the good outweighs the bad, he will be fine.
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I'd say let it go, if she's talked shit on Facebook and you've apologized then the damage is done. Customers never want to hear sorry, all they want is free shit while they tell you they'd like to hear sorry. Working in the food industry for over a decade has taught me that if a customer is pissed, the game is already over, because either you're going to bend over backwards to help them or they'll claim to never shop in your store again and then they come back a week later. Just make sure the mistake doesn't happen again and to make sure that employee handles their shit before they go on vacation regardless of how much they can't wait to get out of there.
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