Taking care of your clients with kindness and care matters.
It was a Friday evening, and I was frantically searching for a portable air conditioning unit online for my mom. My mom lives in an apartment by herself. She has severe COPD and it’s been super hot in Ontario – which makes breathing hard for her.
Every place she checked locally and in the surrounding area was sold out. Everywhere I checked online was sold out too – or their shipping dates extended into fall or winter.
Finally, I found one. Not the inexpensive kind, of course, those were all gone. I saw it on Home Depot’s website and bought it for her right away.
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Does your delivery speak of carelessness?
On Monday, the order hadn’t been processed yet and I noticed that the shipping address on my invoice didn’t show her apartment number. My assistant was kind enough to call and ensure they had it so this very important delivery didn’t go missing.
Tuesday evening, I got a notification that the order had been processed and had shipped. I texted my mom Wednesday morning and told her it was out for delivery and should arrive by 9 p.m. that day.
Around 5 p.m., I texted her to see if it had arrived yet. She said no.
I clicked on the tracking link, which took me to the UPS website, and it said that they had delivered the package at 1 p.m.
See, my mom hadn’t left her apartment. She had stayed inside waiting all day and even gave up her afternoon nap for this delivery. To make matters worse, she was having lunch at the exact time they said they delivered it and was certain no one had knocked on her door.
This made no sense.
The box was huge – how could it be missing? I asked her to go look outside and check the other apartments because UPS indicated they left this 92lb air conditioner at her front door.
The portable air conditioner was not to be found. It was officially missing.
Someone must have stolen it in broad daylight.
Kindness matters. How do you take care of your customers?
I called UPS. They quickly dismissed my story that they had not delivered this package and told me my only recourse was to fill out a claim online.
To make matters worse, the representative on the phone was neither helpful nor empathetic to the fact that this fairly expensive item had gone missing.
I was starting to get really ticked off.
As I waited for the claim forms to arrive via email, I planned what I would do next. I was going to call my credit card company and let them know it hadn’t arrived, and then call Home Depot and complain.
And then I got the text…
“I found it, or rather, it found me. Some woman just called me. She got an order from Amazon today and she got my air conditioner too.”
This woman didn’t live remotely close to my mother. Same street yet, different address by double digits, and not even close to being part of the apartment unit that my mom lives in.
At that moment, I’m simultaneously relieved that we found her air conditioner because my mom really needs it and I am annoyed that the UPS driver was so careless in his delivery.
However, I am also grateful for the kindness of people. The ones who pick up the phone to return something to a stranger that is clearly a valuable item.
In today’s world, it’s easy to shine the light on what’s gone wrong.
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But at the same time, this situation reminded me of a few things:
- There are still some really good, kind and generous people in this world. The woman and her husband who called my mom lifted, transported and delivered that 92lb air conditioning unit to my mom.
- I’m still waiting for UPS to respond to my tweet telling them what happened. This reminds me of how important it is to follow up and take care of your customers especially when things go wrong.
What recent experience reminded you of people’s kindness?