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And you think your customers are bad…..but is it all the customers fault?

Maybe you need to screen a little better

Mature lady sunbathing at swimming pool. Puert...

These are allegedly actual complaints received by Thomas Cook Vacations from dissatisfied customers:

1.     “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2.     “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

3.     “On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

4.     “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price”

5.     “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6.     “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7.     “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

8.     “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9.     “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10.    “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11.    “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12.    “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England . It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13.    “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14.    “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and

Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México.

made us wait longer for service.”

15.    “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16.    “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17.    “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18.    “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19.    “My fiancé and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

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Who knows if these are true? However I can envision every one of them being true. Working as a whitewater raft guide I hear customers say:

“How do you get the water back upstream?”

“Can I leave my stuff here on shore?” (At the put in thinking we will come back to this spot.)

And the absolute best. A friend had just rowed a boat through a class IV section of the Arkansas River. The customer climbed out of the boat and stated. “I did not see the rails the entire trip.” The customer thought the boat was traveling on a rail, just like WDW.

What do all of these mean? It means someone is not doing a good job of educating customers before they leave on their trip. Or they may be marketing to the wrong group of customers. Either way, it is these minor annoyances that can create a bigger problem if customer does not feel satisfied with your response.

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