Offer unavailability & attitude of customer services

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“Offer unavailability and attitude of customer services”


written by bookdream on 16/02/2023

These are my experiences of my problems trying to use the ASDA offer of soup and unlimited tea or coffee for over 60s until the end of March; also the reaction of customer services and ASDA CEO's office to me informing them about this.

On 18 January I went to the ASDA, Isle of Dogs, London store to shop and use the above offer. I was told this was not possible because one of the microwaves was faulty and no soup would be available. It seems the other microwave would be reserved for making the lunchtime hot dishes. I wrote to customer services telling them that this situation needed to be rectified and was amazed to receive a reply that seemed to show they had no interest in this and that I should take it up with the manager of the store. Therefore I wrote to them again telling them that as customer services, comments from customers should actually be of interest to them, they wrote back asking me questions about the store, the answers to which I had already put in to my first message - showing they had not even bothered to read the first message before sending me a standard reply to get rid of me.
On 31 January I went to the ASDA, Barking store to and try again use the offer. This time I was told that there were no hot drinks or meals available at all and there was no indication given as to when the problem might be fixed. I wrote to customer services again and have yet to receive any reply.
I will not be going out of my way to try and use the offer a third time.

Finally I wrote to the ASDA CEO. The response I got from someone, presumably delegated to handle my query, was that they were having an issue with the hot water and a store manager would keep me informed directly about what was going on. I thought this response was as glib as the one from customer services as it did not attempt to address: which of the two stores had the issue (presumably Barking but that does not explain what happened at the Isle of Dogs); why it was taking almost a month to solve the problem; customer services' original attitude.

People might be forgiven for thinking that, although this and similar offers generate favourable headlines for ASDA when launched, in practice it is not possible to use them. I note that I have heard about similar experiences from other people trying to use the offer e.g. no hot water was available for the offer but conveniently other hot food was still available.

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