SCENE: A modern day bookstore with in house coffee shop.
PLAYERS: TGC (The Good Customer); Cashier
ACT I: TCG walks into bookstore. Not shopping for anything in particular, she is just walkingÂ aimlessly through the aisles hoping that something interesting will catch her eye. In the SALE section, she finds a charming stationery set.Â She takes note of the sale stickers on the box. There are 2 stickers. One reads 30% off and the other BuyOneGetOneFree (BOGO). The assumption is that after being reduced to 30% off, the item was further reduced to BOGO (or 50%).Â She proceeds to find another set to take advantage of the BOGO offer. With her items in tow, she walks towards the checkout line to pay.
ACT II: TCG is now in the checkout line waiting patiently for her turn. Finally it is her turn and she approaches Cashier.
TGC: (smiling) “Hi, how are you?”
Cashier: Doesn’t respond and proceeds to ring up the items.
TGC: Collects items and says: “Thank you”
The TGC walks away from cashier and looks at her receipt. She has noticed something wrong with the receipt and walks back to the cashier.
TGC: Taking item out of shopping bag and presents it to the Cashier – “Excuse me, but isn’t this BuyOneGetOneFree?”
Cashier: “No. It says 30% here.” Points to 30% sticker.
TCG: Points to BOGO sticker. “But why is there a BOGO sticker here?”
Cashier: (nonchalantly) “I don’t know.”
TCG: (incredulously) “You don’t know?”Â
It’s a stand off! The TGC is visibly frustrated. Cashier offers no resolution or explanation. Cashier just stares at TGC indignantly.
TGC: “Well, can I talk to someone else about the sticker then?”
The Cashier sighs heavily. He picks up a phone and says: “Customer here has a item that has 2 stickers ….. uh huh”. Hangs up phone.
He takes the items and re scans them into the system. Cash register opens up. He takes some cash out and hands it over to TGC.Â Still not speaking,Â he hands the items back to TGCÂ and dismisses her by calling for the next customer.
Although TGC did get receive the BOGO promotion, she isÂ outraged! No explanation, no apology… nothing! “I don’t know”, doesn’t constitute as customer resolution. In fact the Cashier didn’t even care to deal with the issue until requested by the customer.Â
The TGC is appalled that Borders Bookstore inÂ Westfield San Francisco Center would have such deplorable customer service.
30%off OR BuyOneGetOne Free???
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