- listened to "on hold" music for < 60 seconds
- customer service guy was friendly, compassionate, understanding
- problem fixed by first person I talked to
- money refunded!
- future similar problems prevented by permanent changes to my account
- listened to interminable "on hold" music
- customer service guy 1 was confused, bounced me to someone else
- customer service guy 2 was more confused, esp. since I had no idea who he was or why "I" had called him
- problem still not fixed, or even isolated
- money not refunded, though it should be!
- end result: telling me to call someone outside the company, then "call back when you have figured it out"
I have worked in customer service, and I know how difficult some customers can be. I am not one of those, however; I am friendly, understanding, sympathetic to the customer service agent's powerless plight. I also use the should-be-patented M. approach to customer service, wherein we (not me vs. him) are working together to understand, and eventually fix, the problem. My fallback strategy is to weep inconsolably until the problem is fixed, but I have a feeling that that would not work as well on the phone as it has (demonstrably!) in person.
So for now, I have left several very clear messages in voicemail boxes across Canada, and I am giving them a day to respond before I increase my telephonically-transmitted vexation.
This post's theme word: babbitt, "a self-satisfied narrow-minded person who conforms to conventional ideals of business and material success."