Where Should The Consumerist Customer Service Story Slam Meet?

I’m thinking about hosting a Consumerist meetup where readers get up and slam their funniest, craziest, most cringe-inducing customer service stories, sort of a Moth meets Consumerist event. We’ll stick with our hometown of New York, but now, the age-old question, which borough?

Leave your venue suggestions in the comments.


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  1. phospholipid says:


  2. mantene says:

    Honestly, Either one is a perfectly valid choice. If you can get to Manhattan you can probably figure out how to get to Brooklyn. However, I can get to Manhattan much faster and with fewer trains/subways so my vote went to Manhattan. All that to say, the chances of me finding the time to go into the city this summer are very small so maybe my vote should not count at all.

  3. catcherintheeye says:

    Why hath thou forsaken Chicago?

  4. catcherintheeye says:

    @catcherintheeye: hast, perhaps?

  5. homerjay says:

    Ooh! Look at those options. So what is this, either we pick a meetup at Ben’s place or Meg’s place?

  6. Meg Marco says:

    @homerjay: Ha, neither of us live in silly old Manhattan.

  7. forgottenpassword says:

    Peculiar. Missouri!

  8. alfundo says:

    Intercourse, PA!

  9. theblackdog says:

    I think I’ll suggest that Wonkette hold a party on the same day just so us DC folks feel like we belong somewhere.

  10. dmuth says:

    Philadelphia. We suck badly enough, so there’s got to be some bad customer service gems here. :-)

  11. HeartBurnKid says:

    Los Angeles.

  12. hypnotik_jello says:

    Kettle of Fish in the w. village?

  13. MercuryPDX says:

    Portland, OR…. Let’s be bi-coastal.

  14. hypnotik_jello says:

    hmm… my avatar reverted to a pic from six month ago. wtf?

  15. ArgusRun says:

    Manhattan. Because of the better public transportation options, you are more likely to get people from all 5 boroughs and New Jersey.

    I’ll come.

  16. MeOhMy says:

    @dmuth: It is, after all, “Comcast Country”.

  17. Meggers says:

    Agreed, we get no love here in D.C.

  18. Noris159 says:

    Can I tell stories about how awful consumers are and if I ran a company, I’d be hard pressed to be a “kind company” too?

  19. theblackdog says:

    @dmuth: And the worst airport for luggage. Heck, that could be made into a game for the meetup “Guess how many attendants lost their luggage traveling to Philly”

  20. mac-phisto says:

    so…there’s only 2 boroughs in ny now?

    i vote hookah bar in queens. absent of that, i guess brooklyn – i can’t afford to party in manhattan anymore.

  21. mgy says:

    “Why aren’t you coming to My City?”

  22. kthxbai says:

    Well the only gatget mecca in NYC is either the apple store on 5th ave or the one in soho….. and im not even an apple fanboy

    Maybee union square… we can all drink and play hackey sack…

    Maybee… the closed shar[er image store in Rock Center?

    Uhh… If you wanna do Brooklyn, you can be like Giz and go to a cyclones game.

  23. quirkyrachel says:

    Chicago! Come think of ways we might screw ourselves over by trying to host the Olympics!

  24. Trai_Dep says:

    Brooklyn Heights. Only if it’s held at Garibaldi’s. Because otherwise, what’s the point of living?
    Or Manhattan. Because the world needs another excuse to wear black.

    (sobbing quietly to self over the lack of decent pizza on the West Coast)

  25. mac-phisto says:

    @Trai_Dep: give me your address – i’ll send you a slice & a couple knots. =P

  26. afq1483 says:

    With all the airline stories lately, it should be held in queens home to both of NYC’s airports.

  27. Wally East says:

    This will be excellent if we hear about bad service at the location chosen via consensus. I can’t wait to blame the OP.

  28. witeowl says:

    Come to Reno. C’mon… if it’s good enough for the National Super Institute Convention and The Tick, it’s good enough for Consumeristsophiles.

  29. marc says:

    Great idea. I vote for uptown (preferably on the west side), but I’ll do my best to join you wherever you do it!

  30. Kitteridge says:

    Dude, why is Queens always the ignored borough?

  31. ianmac47 says:

    You never even considered Jersey City did you?

  32. ColoradoShark says:

    Have it at the same time as the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

  33. Westchester?

  34. FrankTheTank says:

    I fear meeting more than a couple of the commenters on this blog.

  35. highmodulus says:

    1500 votes for option three show the deep love Consumerist users have for sarcastic pole options. Hmm, I can’t go but I do love pushing buttons. . .

  36. DashTheHand says:

    I don’t understand, where are these boroughs in Liberty City?

  37. MissPeacock says:

    There is at least one other commenter here from Birmingham, so I think our fair city should be considered. Come on, Ben. I’ll take you out for BBQ and cheese biscuits if you come here! I’ll even throw in some grits!

  38. JeffM says:

    Wow- what fantastic choices- this is applicable to what percentage of your readers?

    You could at least call it East Coast Consumerist Customer Service Story Slam Meet – give the folks in San Francisco something to look forward to.

  39. Trai_Dep says:

    @JeffM: The US recently legalized Absenthe after nearly one hundred years. Yet San Francisco wants even more?!

  40. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    I couldn’t go to any of them, but I think its a great idea, providing its recorded for us poor denizens to watch!!

  41. Benny Gesserit says:

    On the glass floor of the CN Tower in Toronto. (Secret password: say toronto like the locals: TAH-RA’-NAH)

  42. picardia says:

    In the immortal words of Tina Fey: “I’m 37 years old. Don’t make me go to Brooklyn.”

  43. CrazyNyceDave says:

    How ’bout my hometown in Queens?

    (Dead silence)

    …Manhattan it is.

  44. HeartBurnKid says:

    @highmodulus: That, and many Consumerist readers are outside of New York (which, contrary to popular belief, is not the center of the universe).

  45. razremytuxbuddy says:

    I’m casting my write-in vote for somewhere in the mid-continent region. Think KC, Omaha, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Wichita, etc. Centrally located; inexpensive lodging; out of earshot from the mega corporations we’ll be roasting….

  46. FishtownYo says:

    How about a Best Buy?

  47. mr mike says:


    LOL @ Best Buy

    How about Cleveland!

    Oh…ok, maybe next time.

  48. Gadgetgirl says:

    Us LI’ers always have to hop on the ‘Iron Horse’ AKA the LIRR for a meet up (pout). I guess there’s no chance of picking a spot in Penn Station? I mean, aren’t the hot dogs still 99 cents? Hell-o! That leaves more money for drinks ;)

  49. boxjockey68 says:

    Come to Charleston SC, god what a cool town. You would love it!

  50. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    Only if everyone wears a blue polo shirt.

  51. allthatsevil says:

    My fiance is from the Bronx, but I must ask, why not Houston, TX?

    Why not Chicago, San Diego or Miami, for that matter?

    Why not organize in several different cities? Maybe not on the same day, but within the same month would probably make a lot of people happy.

  52. Chairman-Meow says:

    Sweet Smokin Jeebus….does the world really end at the NYC city limits ?

  53. Ben Popken says:

    Most of live in New York, so it’s about a thousand times easier to do it here. Sorry, rest of the country!

  54. Trai_Dep says:

    @Front_Towards_Enemy: That’s a rhetorical question, right? :P

  55. jfischer says:

    “Make mine Manhattan” – not just the name of
    a 1940s Broadway show, but an actual suggestion
    of how a civilized person should live.

    Venue? The weather’s mostly nice, so pick a Central Park
    site, and bring a battery pack and an inverter to run
    the sound system and powerpoint projector.

  56. Wasabe says:

    Please not Brooklyn. I can only take so much Brooklyn.

  57. AT203 says:

    Might I suggest [www.nycresistor.com] ?

    Or perhaps [www.barcadebrooklyn.com] in Williamsburg?