ASDA – FERRING – NOT supporting customer in store food donations to charities.It really isn’t about the money,Service counts for so much

Today unfortunately I have to blog about some  appalling customer service.And a shocking Lack of support for local charities shown by my local Asda Store

I had the misfortune to go to visit my local Asda Ferring to return a product which was broken.My issue is not about the actual product although I will come on to that in a short while my issue is how appalling the service was.capture

I had also visited the store with my youngest son to look at the Halloween goods and decorations for the house that he wanted to buy

The product i was returning was simply a pair of jeans that I had worn about 5 or 6 times the problem with the jeans was that the little tag on the zip has broken and therefore they were not usable

This should surely be a simple procedure of Taking Back the broken jeans and exchanging for a new pair however as there were none in my size available at the store  that were out on display I picked the next best suitable pair .I tried them on and decided I would take those when I went to the customer service desk who makes the transaction I was charged an additional £10.00 extra because the selected pair  were different to the ones I brought back and the ones I have brought back were possibly at the lowest price they have been sold at  since I had bought them.

I was not happy about this and therefore I dared to question this with the person who has done the exchange (Sam). Then colleagues were called   and there was lots of going to warehouses and looking for stock and another person at the customer service desk that came to help me who said “we would sort out of Goodwill” because of the mistakes.

Finally somebody came back from the warehouse with the exact same style of jeans I had brought into the store and it was a simple exchange and swap this you would think would be the end of the problem however when I went to see the lady who had told me about the Goodwill she genuine  gave me a £3 Goodwill Asda card. So trying to show my son that you pass these things on  when you get the opportunity , I told him to go and get something from the shop ( and we would top it up ) that we could give to a food bank  or a charity or some other good cause that the store was collected for.

Whilst I was talking to the lady in the store about my disgust that there was not a food bank I could give a small amount of shopping to she actually said to me that if I wanted to talk to the manager of the store he was actually walking towards us and my comment quite loudly when he came past was it’s no good talking to the managers here because nothing gets done surely this would have been some form of maybe a trigger or something that the manager could have observed and may be stopped and said is there anything I can do but no unfortunately the manager of  Asda Ferring just walked on by.

This is the whole reason for me blogging about this sorry incident I think it is disgusting that  if people want to buy food and donate to a charity of the stores choice  then there should be a facility for them to be able to do that in-store

As a family  we have done this at a Tesco store I believe we’ve also done it in Salisbury’s as well however it appears that Asda Ferring store don’t want to support the local food banks and charities that are around them at store level  and they don’t want their customers to  either  .

So in a very brief summary I personally would not use Asda Ferring because the service is terrible they’re solution is to throw  you a good will gift card at you, and then when you want to pass that on to somebody else or to another organisation and help those less fortunate you can’t do it so just for the record we gave the gift card to the next person that we saw came into the shop we pointed out (Sharon)  as the lady who had said probably that we shouldn’t do this and lady and husband that we gave it to were really really really pleased. Asda Ferring my opinion is you need to sharpen up your customer service. Whilst for you as part of the massive multinational  Chain, its all about the Profits. This is not the case when it  comes to your customers. I  also now have to explain to a young child why we can give to a charity box or trolley  in your store.

No, I was not paid for the blog, The opinions are mine based on events and service I experienced Yes, we did  give away the gift card to some one we didn’t know

 

 

I thought they should get a second chance….

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Well, it was the first ” sneaky latte ” for  the weekend, unusually for me it was a cappuccino, but it was with Brekkie, so  that’s allowed. Mrs ” oldmanleslie” was shopping in Sainsburys in Bognor so i thought” lets have a brekkie whilst im here” i think the easiest way to summarize this is as :

 

Coffee, tasted Nice, but note the mess on the cup and not the saucer, i guess this means it was a clean saucer, not a clean cup .The Guy  that served me, very polite, lots of good mornings and a bit of chat  so very nice , much nicer than  the previous visit .  the table  was clean and tidy, there was a free  newspaper to read, so again  very nice

 

and then came the food , the egg was fried well, the beans were nicely cooked , the sausages were not to my taste, but that’s just me  i guess as they were nice enough .  The Tomato on the menu  was only 1/2 a tomato when it got to my plate . and the 2 rashers of  bacon were fused together at right angles. when i pointed this out to the person that served me, they said  sorry……did nothing about it, but said sorry…. so ui drank my coffee, read their paper and took the tray back to the desk.  explained about the bacon and showed them that  when i had managed to prize the  rashers apart, on the inside they weren’t cooked, they looked a lot pinkier that  I thought they should  the Supervisor assured me that  they were up to temperature, i explained this wasn’t my issue . it was that  as they were fused together, the bacon on the inside  could not have been cooked to the level of the outside……

 

 

 

any way  i was offered a refund, which i declined , as its not about the money, I was offered a free breakfast which i also declined  as even i cant eat 2 together any more, and i dont like eating potentially undercooked food.

 

I know sainsburys take food service very seriously  and i guess it is just unfortunate that this happened today . And this is actually more about  the service than the specific store

 

My point is though, since i  started noticing these situations a littl emore, it seems that the approach of ” let us try and put this right  next time”, or ” can i get you another one ” is acceptable.

 

How refreshing it will be when this trend passes and people in organisations go back to the good old fashioned approach of ” get it right first time ”

 

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