December 21st, 2007

Jake and Maggie

'Tis the season

When I come in and ask you if you sell gift cards, the correct answer is either "yes" or "no." It isn't to walk to the back, come back with a wrinkled $5.00 certificate (I'd asked for $10) and then tell me cash only (when you have Visa/Mastercard stickers all over the place and have a Verifone Omni 3730 next to each register.) 

Second, when I ask you why I can't pay with my Mastercard, don't immediately switch to Spanish to ask a co-worker and then proceed to have a lengthy conversation in which neither of you will make eye contact with me, and then simply hold out your hand to accept my card. If you have a cash-only policy can you please just tell me in English?
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Minor Suckage

So, my dad wanted to get my mom this nifty little device called an Ion Turntable that converts your records into MP3 and you can record right to a Ipod or your computer. Coolest thing Ive seen in a while and we have an obscene record collection so its brilliant. Anywho, apparently these have been on the market for about a year but we hadn't seen it until it came out in the local Best Buy catalog. We immediately went to the Best Buy and after looking for person after person to help (and I got refused service in the section we were in because I'm female. I was standing there at the help desk waiting to ask for the product and the man behind the desk talked to every other guy and talked around me, and then went to my father instead of me and asked if he needed help. Made a comment about how a lot of "women folk" don't know what they're looking for), and they informed us that they were all out. Apparently, they only keep one in stock. Then why advertise for it?

Quite annoying, but we went to Circuit City and got it for the same price, I got hit on blantently in front of my dad by the guy who sold it to us and we got a discount, so apparently, us women folk are capable of something.
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DHL sucks.

Okay, I'm going to try to make this quick. There's a lot of details though so I apologize for the tl;dr. The item I was waiting for was a camera bag.

I ordered something on amazon.com that was picked up by DHL on Dec 17th, with two day shipping. On the 19th, the tracking said it had arrived in Chicago. It didn't come, but that wasn't a huge deal to me. The important package of the day came (the actual camera) via UPS.

Yesterday morning, it said "arrived at DHL facility" again. I called them and they said it would be going out that day for sure and that it would be at my place by 8pm. Again, I waited and it never showed up. Around 9:15pm, the status was updated with "scheduled for delivery." No one came.

At 7am, today (the 4th day), for the third day in a row, the status said "arrived at DHL facility." I called them to ask, and they said it would definitely be delivered today. I asked to have the facility call me back. Less than an hour later, I was called and told that the package would be here by 3pm.

The time came and went. Not too long after, I tried to call them. I put in my tracking info, like usual, and asked to speak to a rep.

The system told me the hold times were over fifteen minutes and that I should call back during business hours and hung up on me. I tried calling back and was hung up on again. I could find no way to get through to a representative. Besides, shouldn't 3:30pm on a Friday be business hours for a shipping company?

I checked the internet and found another number to use. I called that one. I told my story again and the woman said that they would have someone call me back in an hour. No one called me back so I called them again. When I talked to them this time they said they didn't know where the driver was since he wasn't answering his texts.

Then I am told they're not open tomorrow so even if it's not delivered tonight, I cannot pick it up tomorrow. I am promised that someone will call me back. No one does.

So then it's past 5:30pm and I'm getting rather pissed. I find the number for the actual shipping office (which, by the way, the main tele number says they cannot give that info out over the phone!) and call them. The lady says she just talked to the driver and he was less than 15 minutes away.

He shows up, on his cell phone talking to someone about something obviously not related to his job, hands the package to me and walks away.

That was my first, and last, time dealing with DHL. My ground shipping packages got here faster than that. On the plus side, even though I didn't ask, amazon.com refunded my shipping fees.
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