And I have learned for concern that the customer is NOT always right.
Now don’t get me wrong, you know… well, I hope you know, because I tell you all the time, how much I love and generally appreciate my clients EVERYDAY!! And regularly, if not DAILY, I do everything in my power to go above and beyond for each and every one of you and treasure the opportunity to do it.
That being said…
I had a very challenging and thankfully rare situation with a new client last week and it got me to thinking about how two sane grown-up adults can look at the exact same situation and have two completely different reactions to it.
Case in point and I am curious to hear your interpretation and opinion…
A gift order was placed on Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend with a request for delivery to be made on Tuesday and to go to an address in Vancouver.
Being a holiday weekend, the order wasn’t received until Tuesday morning but we worked hard to get it done right away and had it out with a courier that afternoon. Unfortunately it was returned to us a few hours later as there is NO street by that name in Vancouver and the actual destination is in West Vancouver.
I immediately sent the client an email letting her know about the address correction and that we would need to charge her an additional cost for the difference between delivery to Vancouver vs West Vancouver and that because of the address correction and the order was just received this morning, the recipient would not receive the gift until the next day.
I didn’t charge her for the original delivery into Vancouver and redirect back to me from the courier… I figure it was my bad for not checking ahead of time but I was rushing so much to get it out for her that I didn’t look.
Imagine my surprise when 2 full days later I get an email explaining that my email was just read that day and asking for clarification on why the gift was received a day late and there was an extra charge of $8 on her credit card. Even though I felt I was pretty clear in my original email explaining everything, I restated it all again with even more details and this was the response I received.
****I have to say I am very unhappy about the service and that is an issue with your site and something you should get fixed esp for a premium service.
I will make sure to leave a review to let other people know about my experience.
I am now deeply regretting making this purchase and which I had found another service.
She felt because she inputed the correct postal code the site should have noticed that is was West Vancouver; even though she specifically chose Vancouver as the city and was only charged for a Vancouver delivery and was deeply upset about the extra charge for the difference in the city rates.
We went back n forth one more time than I had to stop because I realized I couldn’t understand why I was being attacked when she was simply being charged for the service she requested and I truly felt like I did everything in my control to facilitate the gift order, but I simply had to stop responding.
How do you deal with similar situations when 2 people see the same scenario completely differently? How do you deal with clients or customers that are just not happy even when you feel you have gone above and beyond for them? How do you respond when your company reputation, and you, as the face of the brand, are being attacked and are not being heard?
Working with the public does have its challenges, even though I still chose to do it daily but just curious what your take on ‘the customer is always right’ is?
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,