Verizon Gives Customer $50 Gift Card To Apologize For Taunting Her With Unavailable FiOS

Verizon Gives Customer $50 Gift Card To Apologize For Taunting Her With Unavailable FiOS

It’s strange, the way some customer/CSR encounters go so well when others seem headed for failure before the first sentence is finished. When Nix called to complain about being mistakenly sent a $100 gift card offer that she can’t take advantage of, the Verizon rep on the other end not only addressed the real issues, but later sent a $50 gift card to Nix as a goodwill gesture.

Kohler Provides Flawless Customer Service

Kohler Provides Flawless Customer Service

Here’s an example of terrific customer service, this time from the sink and faucet company Kohler.

EHarmony Reunites Customer With His Money, Apologizes

EHarmony Reunites Customer With His Money, Apologizes

David, who we noted earlier this week was out an extra $140 because eHarmony decided to open a second account in his name, has written back with an update.

Comcast Fixes Customer's Modem Problem After Stinky Installer Man Disappears

Comcast Fixes Customer's Modem Problem After Stinky Installer Man Disappears

Earlier today, Jessica wrote to us about her Comcast horror story: there was something that smelled terrible, and the smell was coming from inside her apartment! He also hooked up her replacement modem incorrectly, so it still didn’t work, then said he’d be right back and drove off forever. Luckily, she was able to steal enough wifi to send an email to Comcast, and as of now the problem has been resolved.

Customer Refuses To Give Up, Convinces Apple To Give Him What He Paid For

Customer Refuses To Give Up, Convinces Apple To Give Him What He Paid For

James almost got cheated out of CS4, the suite of graphics software sold by Adobe, when he bought a new Macbook Pro recently. He kept pressing the issue though, and his persistence and level-headedness finally, after several near misses, convinced Apple to do the right thing and send him what he paid for. Congrats to James!

UBS Will Release Names Of Americans Hiding Money From IRS

UBS Will Release Names Of Americans Hiding Money From IRS

Swiss bank UBS, which has “admitted conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and agreed to pay $780 million to settle a sweeping federal investigation into its activities,” has agreed to release the names of Americans who have been secreting away cash in UBS’ fabled Swiss bank accounts. The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating about 19,000 accounts, but the New York Times says the bank may only release a couple hundred names. Update: Now the IRS has asked a judge to demand that UBS turn over the names of around 52,000 clients. UBS says it will “vigorously challenge” the new request.

Carbonmade Quickly Responds To Error, Fixes It In Less Than 4 Hours

Carbonmade Quickly Responds To Error, Fixes It In Less Than 4 Hours

As the economy tanks, we keep seeing examples of companies cutting more corners on customer service, and especially becoming less cooperative when it comes to resolving a problem that involves billing. That’s why it’s nice to see a business not only respond quickly, but in favor of the customer. (It’s probably no surprise to you that it’s a small business and not a corporation.)

World's Most Conscientious Customer Completes Botched Software Purchase Over A Year Later

World's Most Conscientious Customer Completes Botched Software Purchase Over A Year Later

I just wanted to pass along a story of a truly honest customer.

Guitar Center Corrects Prices On iPods, Gives Refunds Plus $10 Gift Cards

Guitar Center Corrects Prices On iPods, Gives Refunds Plus $10 Gift Cards

We received an email from Guitar Center’s Chief Marketing Officer this afternoon letting us know that the $100 markup on their iPods was a pricing mistake, and that they’re automatically refunding the difference to anyone who bought at the wrong price as well as giving them $10 gift cards.

Circuit City Says Rogue Firedog Was Wrong, Refunds $40 'Repair' Fee

Circuit City Says Rogue Firedog Was Wrong, Refunds $40 'Repair' Fee

Last week we wrote about a Circuit City customer who was charged $40 without warning for “repairs” to a brand new computer. We received several explanations from Circuit City insiders, both in the comments and through email, that the repair was mandatory—Acer and Circuit City had agreed that instead of pulling the PCs, the retailer’s Firedog techs would flash the BIOS in-store upon purchase. What was unclear was how or why this would fall under the Firedog “Quickstart” service, which is optional and includes things like removing shortcuts from your desktop and setting up your background. (Seriously, check it out here.) Yesterday we received the following interesting email from Circuit City HQ.

CompUSA Repairs Laptop After New TAP Company Refuses

CompUSA Repairs Laptop After New TAP Company Refuses

Assurant Solutions, the company that’s supposed to be honoring any outstanding TAP agreements with former CompUSA customers, likes to refuse service for arbitrary reasons. Luckily for TAP-holders, CompUSA has said it will honor any TAP agreements if Assurant doesn’t. The guy with the broken laptop wrote back to let us know that CompUSA indeed came through for him after every attempt he made with Assurant ended in rejection.

These Costco Guys Are Going To Assemble Your Table No Matter What

These Costco Guys Are Going To Assemble Your Table No Matter What

Unlike Drew’s story about IKEA from earlier today, Philip had what sounds like insanely good customer service from Costco—which is a good thing, since both the original table he purchased and the replacement table Costco’s delivery guys brought were missing key pieces.

Sprint Customer's Number Gets Ported Without Authorization; Email To Executives Gets It Back

Sprint Customer's Number Gets Ported Without Authorization; Email To Executives Gets It Back

Robb spent almost two and half hours with Sprint CSRs trying to find out why his phone had stopped working, and eventually he was told that it had been ported to AT&T, and that it would “take 4-5 days to try and get this number back if at all.”

Bank Of America Refunds $325 In Overdraft Fees To Customer Who Was On Cruise

Bank Of America Refunds $325 In Overdraft Fees To Customer Who Was On Cruise

Don’t say we never printed anything nice about you, BoA. One of your customers just had an experience with you that—despite still having an overdraft fee of $20 to pay—has left her feeling pretty good about you.

Retired Safety Inspector Picks Up Slack For CPSC In Brooklyn

Retired Safety Inspector Picks Up Slack For CPSC In Brooklyn

Martin Bennett is a 69-year-old former inspector for the Consumer Product Safety Commission who retired over six years ago.

Rite Aid District Manager Successfully Handles A Customer Complaint

Rite Aid District Manager Successfully Handles A Customer Complaint

With all the customer service horror stories we post, you’d think businesses in the United States have lost the ability to treat their customers with respect—and by and large, you’d be right.

Newegg Honors Rebate For Out-Of-Business Company

Newegg Honors Rebate For Out-Of-Business Company

More praise for Newegg, one of those rare retailers with an exceptional customer service record. Andrea bought an Astar Electronics HDMI Player with DIVX and sent off her rebate request, but never received the promised rebate.

Gas Prices Drop By 10 Cents, Chicago Has Nation's Most Expensive Gas

Gas Prices Drop By 10 Cents, Chicago Has Nation's Most Expensive Gas

Gas prices have dropped by about $0.10 this week according to a national survey quoted by CNN Money.