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Bogey Rants: New unhappy Comcast customer

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, June 4th, 2005
Categories: Miscellaneous

In honor of BogeyMan at Bogey Lounge, I’m going to go off on a “bogey rant.”

If you’ve read my last couple of posts you’d know I’m in a new condo and I’ve gone through the worst hell a person can go through: moving. I was scheduled to have Comcast hook me up today with digital cable and high speed internet. As a subscriber to “other” services, I was looking forward to evaluating Comcast.

As promised, the install guy showed up at 9:30am (while I was hacking my way around a tournament) and installed the proper gear. When I got home at 2:30 my TV was hot but I couldn’t get the high speed internet working.

I could type for pages here… The last step of the Comcast install software crashed and told me to call their internet 800 number to finish setting up. So I called the 800 number and here’s the blow by blow:

I called 800 number for their internet division. It starts off by asking to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me for the 10 digit phone number on the account. I punch it in. Then it asks me to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me to punch in my 10 digit phone number on the account. Strange, it already asked me those two questions. I then get put on hold for 5 minutes. Suddenly, a recorded voice pops in and says “your call could not be completed, please redial the Comcast 800 number.”

I redial the 800 number. Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me for the 10 digit phone number on the account. I punch it in. Then it asks me to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me to punch in my 10 digit phone number on the account. THEN an operator comes on the line and says “please give me the 10 digit phone number on the account.” The first words out of my mouth are “don’t you have it in front of you? I’ve punched it in four times already. I give the guy the number.

I then tell him how my internet doesn’t work. He informs me that the “work order” for the installation was still open and needed to be closed. He said I could wait a few hours, or call the Comcast CABLE 800 number and request that they close the work order.

So I call the Comcast Cable 800 number. …Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me for the 10 digit phone number on the account. I punch it in. Then it asks me to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me to punch in my 10 digit phone number on the account. After doing that twice an operator comes on the phone. He asks me for my 10 digit phone number on the account. I ask him if he has that already in front of him, as I’ve now given it to them a total of 7 times. I then give him my 10 digit number. I inform him that my work order needs to be closed. He tells me he doesn’t know how to do that so he needs to talk to his supervisor. After being on hold a couple of minutes he tells me it is done and I’m good to go. Great! Or so I thought.

10 seconds after I hung up the phone, my cable TV went blank. My internet STILL wasn’t working either.

So…(copy, paste) I call the Comcast Cable 800 number. …Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me for the 10 digit phone number on the account. I punch it in. Then it asks me to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me to punch in my 10 digit phone number on the account. After doing that twice a different operator comes on the phone. He asks me for my 10 digit phone number on the account. I ask him if he has that already in front of him, as I’ve now given it to them a total of 10 times. I then give him my 10 digit number. I inform him about the two previous calls, and the resulting total loss of my services. He informs me that I need to now call the LOCAL comcast number as they can’t fix it. Whatever it takes at this point.

So I call the LOCAL Comcast number. …Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me for the 10 digit phone number on the account. I punch it in. Then it asks me to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. I press 1. Then it asks me to punch in my 10 digit phone number on the account. After doing that twice an operator comes on the phone. She asks me for my 10 digit phone number on the account. In a most irritated fashion, I tell her I’m sick of punching in my 10 digit number and then having to tell the freaking operator my 10 digit number after I’ve already punched it in twice on that call and now a total of 13 times. I then give her my 10 digit number and inform her of the complete and utter dissatisfaction I have with Comcast, and the runaround and stupidity of my not being able to use my newly installed services. Guess what she tells me? She tells me I need to contact the LOCAL Comcast office. That is the damn number I frigging just called lady! She then tells me that when the local office is overloaded with calls, the national office gets the overflow. So I’m told to call the local office by the national office, but I’m transferred to the national office who tells me to call the local office who forwards me to the national office who…..oh man.

I’ve now wasted close to 3 hours on this BS by this point. I ask her how could I possibly talk to the local office. She tells me to just keep calling their number and “hope” I get through to them???? Are you kidding me? She says “oh, but they do close in 20 minutes.” I told her NO WAY. I’m not going to call them and punch in 1 for English and then my 10 digit number two times and then get put on hold for 5 minutes only to find out that my “hope” was dashed by the fact that my call was forwarded to the national number.

She talked to her supervisor and informed me that the local office would be calling me “ASAP.” I asked her what “ASAP” meant. She said I’d receive a call within 1-1.5 hours and most likely they’d have to send the truck back to my place to redo the installation. Are you kidding me?

As of right now it has been 6 hours and 40 minutes since they told me they’d call back in 1-1.5 hours. The local office has been closed for at least 5 hours. I have no TV and no high speed internet connection.

How is this for a customer’s first experience with a company? Impressive. Oh, did I mention that since my phone line isn’t installed yet I’ve been going all this crap on my cell phone? Nice to get this kind of corporate runaround while paying out the rear end for cell phone minutes.

Tomorrow I’ll be wishing I could watch the final round of the Memorial with several players tied for the lead going into Sunday….

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