Think of this thread as a rant and then obviously, give me your thoughts / comments.
1st issue (but nothing major... bare with me!)
The other day, I get a laptop from a client that I have to take in for quote / repair at LMR (Let Me Repair) who are based at M5 Freeway Park in Maitland.
I walk in with the laptop and stand in the said queue.
Guy helps the guy infront of me, then the guy next to me (all this took about 15 minutes which is a long time for just 2 people at any supplier!) then I'm all excited because I'm next (no, really, I am!) then couriers come in and the people behind the desk help them - no problem, I'm pretty cool.
Then another guy comes in, and they help him - now I move myself right infront of the guys face and another client comes in and that guy gets helped again.
This pisses me off and I slam my keys down on the table which gets the attention of the guy and he asks me "have you been helped?" to which I reply "NO, that's why I'm standing here for the last 30 minutes infront of you with the laptop in my hand" - he gives me a shocked look and proceeds to help me.
Booking in the laptop on the day took another 20 minutes - he had to ask X person this, Y person that - look, minor but still... it's a problem which they need to look at.
Let's move on!
I get a HP Colour printer from another client - time to go back to LMR for a quote to repair.
I get there and I get served pretty quick, nothing major but 5 minutes in, the guy tells me that sadly, HP quote has been generated and it will cost ħR2200 to repair the printer - I am a bit shocked but hey, whatever.
He has to generate a quote which has to be e-mailed to my boss so my boss can pass it onto the client for YAY or NAY thing.
I give the guy my company details and contact numbers and e-mails something like 3 times and he says it is all done, he will be sending the quote shortly - I ask him for a print out (normal thing) and he says "No, it's directly from the system and goes via e-mail" so I think - okay, whatever and I leave.
This is where it gets really interesting!
2 days later my boss asks me whatever happened to that quote to which I reply "it was supposed to be e-mailed to you long ago" and he says no - call LMR and get it from them ASAP.
I call the call centre number which is 0861111038.
Check the web site, I have - there is NO CPT branch telephone number.
I push 1 for HP and then 1 because I don't have a reference number (I wasn't given one) and the message hangs up on me.
WHAT?!?! Just hangs up on you after telling you they can't help you? So no attempt further? They can't search via phone number? e-mail address? Really?!? NO HELP AT ALL?!?!
Anyways... I try again.
I push 1 for HP and then 1 "I have a number" and lady picks up.
I explain the story to her and then ask her "can I have Cape Town's number please" to which she replies "Sorry sir, I am not allowed to give you the number" WHAT?!?! Are you being serious?
So after 5 minutes of me trying to make sense of this and HER being addiment that she can't give me the number, she takes a message and promises to past it along to the CPT branch for me.
3 hours later, I haven't heard anything so now my boss is on my case and I get told to call again.
I call, same procedure and I speak to another lady.
I tell her the story AGAIN and ask her for the number - she replies with and I quote: "Sir, I don't know the number, we've never been given the number for the CPT branch" and I'm just shocked... I spend the next 10 or so minutes giving her a hard time stressing the point "how can you NOT know the CPT branch's number" and she apologises profusely which is understandable... and after a few more minutes, she says to promise to get the message sent to the CPT branch (it was 11am) and I said that if I haven't heard anything by 12 I will call again.
13:00 comes and I call again, after struggling from person to person I finally get through to the lady and she tells me that she has pushed my request through via escalation and will get the number for me soon.
WHAT? Escalating what? I want a telephone number... I didn't want anything else.
Guys, right now, I'm so the moer in it's not a joke!
I goto a client and decide afterwards, stuff this - I'm going to drive all the way to that damn place and sort this out.
I get there and my first question upon arriving is "Do you guys have telephones here" to which the lady lady replies "YES" and then my question "I want your telephone number here" and she replies with "No, sorry sir, I can't do that - we are not allowed to give the number out - I need to call the call centre number"
OMG I let rip! and eventually leave there with the telephone number: 021 511 9016
Save this number - it's apparently the most important bloody number in Cape Town the way they 'protect it'
Now, as a service partner for HP, BenQ, Nec, Packard bell, Fujitsu & Hauwei and others you would think they would offer a better service.
Now, one more issue, but this happened on the day I bought in the laptop and thought I'd mention it.
A old man arrived with a HP printer - making alot of noises.
The lady who helped him had the bloody check to tell him that she can't help him - he must call HP and follow a procedure of running tests over the phone to confirm there is a problem with the printer and THEN bringing it in to them for repair. If that doesn't make you want to :facepalm: at LMR, then I don't know what will.
There is clearly alot of issues with LMR and how they run their business!!!