[LMB] OT: Professionalism

Margaret margaret at devere.net
Fri Nov 30 23:25:35 GMT 2018

>>On Nov 30, 2018, at 12:36 PM, WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com> 
>>>On Nov 30, 2018, at 1:38 PM, WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> 
>>>My son, Brian, worked for the AOL call center many years ago. He got 
>>>death threats.
>>>His standard reply was, “You do realize that this call is recorded 
>>>and that you don’t know who I am or where I am.
>>Being angry at the wretches at consumer support is right out. They 
>>don’t set policy and the jobs don’t pay well.
>  Marina:
>You’re right, Walter. I would not want those jobs. I try to be 
>courteous, and in signing off, to wish them no cranky or nasty 


When I'm dissatisfied with how a support situation is going, I say 
something like: "I know it's not your fault or your doing, but I'm very 
unhappy about ...."

Had another incident just yesterday. I was managing the follow-up for a 
94-year-old man's car accident. The vehicle was totalled last December, 
and he called them to file the claim. That was processed, and the 
insurance company paid out in full, but just a couple of weeks ago we 
discovered that they had not cancelled the policy, and had been charging 
him all year long. When I asked about this, I was told that the claims 
department doesn't communicate with the policy department. I expressed 
my thoughts, using the format above, and the person agreed with me and 
offered to write a formal complaint. I also pointed out that AFAIK this 
extra requirement was not documented anywhere.

It's about $600 US. Yesterday I didn't think it was worth fighting them 
about, but now that I do the math, maybe it is. Not only did he call 
them to file the claim, he called them in June to get a new vehicle 
insured. Surely at some point it would have occurred to the support 
person that the old vehicle should be taken off the policy -- at least 
they should ask about it.

On a side point -- he's not driving any more. He has the vehicle -- a 
mini RV -- so that other people can drive him on little excursions to 
various battlefields and so on (he's a history buff). He took the 
accident as a sign that he should stop. He has dialysis three times a 
week, starting around 5:30 in the morning, so no one wants to volunteer 
to drive him. And for various reasons, none of the city services or 
elderly services or taxi companies are willing to take a standing order 
to drive him. But that's another rant :)


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