May I Have Some Conditioner Please?

A couple of things that have happened in the past few days have made me think more about customer service. In the text we’re using for a human relations course, the authors (Reece & Brandt) say that organizations are increasingly concerned about the quality of service to customers.  They say that in any service-type business, “there are thousands of ‘moments of truth,’ those critical incidents in which customers come into contact with the organization and form their impressions of its quality and service.” Amen to that. Here are two recent experiences.

This past weekend Elizabeth and I stayed in a Day’s Inn in Rincon, GA, probably for the last time. Here’s why.  Neither  of us brought hair condtioner, but we weren’t too concerned about it. Most motels have the little bottles available for use. Not this one. The only toiletry on the counter was a small bottle of shampoo and a tiny bar of facial soap. No problem, or so I thought. I’d just pick some up when I went to the office to get another towel. We only had two, both pretty small and threadbare, and Lib needed one for her hair. Problem. Day’s Inn in Rincon doesn’t offer conditioner for travelers. Incredulous at this news, I was then told that these things had a way of disappearing. So??? I mean, aren’t these items meant to be used?

It gets worse. When I asked her for an extra towel, the desk clerk (after rolling her eyes) walked to another room, got a towel, and told me it was the last one.  I might add that this wasn’t a “cheap” place. We’ve stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn near the interstate for less $$, and the rooms, staff, and frills were much nicer. The price was less at the other two motels too. We just opted to stay at the Day’s Inn because of the proximity to Carrie’s house. Next time, we’ll go for comfort and customer service rather than convenience.

Connie says one of my favorite words is juxtapose, and maybe she’s right. But then I have a lot of favorite words like stellar and higgledy-piggledy and deterge. But I digress.

Juxtapose the Day’s Inn scenario with this. Last night we dined at the local Fatz Café with some of my husband’s family. We were celebrating Karen’s birthday of May 5th. Yes, we’re a bit behind schedule. But again, I digress. Anyway we had to wait quite a while because there were no tables or booths available for six people.  Just when we thought we were about to be seated, the party decided to stay for coffee and conversation.

Alas, we waited about 20 more minutes, but to soften things a bit, the hostess apologized profusely and offered us something to drink—twice.  Finally seated, we ordered our food from the senior menu (we love this!) and chatted some more while waiting for the entrees. We also munched on some warm rolls. When the food arrived, I was given teriyaki chicken instead of salmon, and the young server apologized and scooted off to the kitchen to rectify things. In the meantime, the manager came over, and he too apologized AND then said there would be no charge for the meal. He also said he was sorry we’d had to wait so long AND then sent for more rolls.

Moral of the story: Stay away from Day’s Inn in Rincon, GA and frequent Fatz Café any chance you get. About the former, no one should ever have to pay for shoddy service and the skimpiest of offerings.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

4 thoughts on “May I Have Some Conditioner Please?”

  1. You could always just stay with us next time! 🙂

    That's true...and you know I always do when it's just moi. I think you have enough (people and things) to take care of without adding spend-the-night guests.

  2. Having worked in a restaurant, I can tell you that servers often get blamed for everything because they are the ‘face’ of your experience. I think it is wonderful that she was (1) responsive and (2) plied you with rolls and heartfelt apology. I think it is even more wonderful that you were gracious about it. 🙂

    Although I haven't worked in a restaurant, my children have, and I know how horrid some customers can be and how hard it is for the server to continue being civil. In this situation, she was marvelous, and anyone who works in the public in any kind of capacity could have learned some valuable lessons from her.

  3. It is annoying when you pay $$$ for a room and get flimsy towels and very few amenities…I would write Days Inn and send them a copy of this blog post.

    At your suggestion, I contacted Days Inn and got a nice response. Evidently, this wasn't the first time someone had written about this particular motel.

  4. hey we are in ashboro north carlolina and have been since june 8th and will leave on the eighteenth…we went to my grandaughter’s high school graduation now to ashburgh i think it is to tour a house for 45 dollars be staying at the fairfield inn in ashville on wedsnday…how close are we to you??????

    about 2 1/2 hours.

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