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    Auctions Speak Louder Than Words

    | Nottingham, England, UK | Language & Words, Money

    Me: “Hi, you’ve reached [me] at [company]. How can I help you?”

    Customer: “Yes, I sent my item back because I didn’t want it, and now you’re refusing to give me a refund.”

    (I take the customer’s order number and details and see what our system says.)

    Me: “According to our system, we received your item back on [date] and the refund should have been automatic.”

    Customer: “Well, I haven’t got it, and I got an email today telling me you were going to auction my refund!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, what?”

    Customer: “I can’t believe you can’t even do a simple refund! How stupid are you? I’ve shopped with you for a very long time, but I never will again! How dare you auction my things?”

    (The customer goes on like this for a few minutes, accusing the company of stealing her money and me of being too stupid to help her. Once she stops, I get a chance to reply.)

    Me: “Okay. Might the e-mail say we’re actioning your refund”?”

    Customer: *hangs up*