Pizza Pizza does NOT always honour its 20 minutes or free guarantee! by Liz Saunders

Last night husband dearest and I decided to order our usual pizza from the same store we’ve been picking up from for 7 years.  Got there 20 minutes later to pick up and the pizza was wrong – as in it was not the pizza we had ordered.

“Oh” said the clerk, “that’s head office’s fault”.  On close inspection of the order/receipt it was clear that no, it was the store’s fault – they had been given the correct instructions.  Now this is a question of food intolerances so taking any old pizza is not an option.  We requested that they correct the problem and make us the right pizza.

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So we waited.

Less that 20 minutes later we were handed the correctly made pizza.  “That will be $14.68 sir” said the clerk.  Now this has happened to us before and we’ve been given both pizzas and told “have a nice night” so we were flabbergasted that they were asking for payment.  “What happened to 20 minutes or free?” asked husband dearest.  “Oh, that’s not the store’s policy” replied the clerk.  At that point, I would have walked out on both pizzas but no, husband dearest decided to pay and take it up with head office.

So, after dinner, the call was placed to head office.  “Well, did you get your pizza?” they enquired.  “Well, yes, but not in 20 minutes”.  “Was a pizza ready for you in 20 minutes?” enquired head office.  “Well, yes, but not the pizza we ordered” replied husband dearest.

“Sorry sir, there’s nothing we can do.  You got your pizza and there was one available within the 20 minute time frame”.

As you know, I make a big deal about customer service in this blog and in my business (The Virtual Alternative).  Last night’s experience with Pizza Pizza was the worst kind of customer service considering that Pizza Pizza makes a big deal about “20 minutes or it’s free”.   If you’re going to advertise a guarantee, you must live up to that promise – whether it’s head office’s fault or the man on the ground’s fault…a guarantee is a guarantee.  And good customer service is worth its weight in gold as good advertising.

Shame on you Pizza Pizza!

Published by J. Liz Saunders

With over 30 years of experience, J. Liz Saunders delivers exceptional office and sales support to a wide range of businesses. More importantly, she does so with creativity. Her ‘can do’, ‘can solve’, ‘can source’ attitude results in the most efficient and effective completion of her clients’ requirements every time. Upon first meeting, Liz’ her most notable quality is her energy. When preparing for and running the Toronto marathon in 2004, Liz channelled this energy with discipline and determination. She uses those same qualities when organizing her many clients and delivering high quality support services in a timely manner. As a virtual assistant, Liz cold calls and generates leads for sales people; researches sites for meetings; schedules appointments and provides client support; offers transcription services, manages broadcast emails, arranges printing, handles basic bookkeeping; writes correspondence, proposals, quotes and invoices for clients; and acts as a call centre taking registrations for seminars. Liz is a certified Virtual Assistant with extensive experience in Microsoft Office. She has a BA from the University of Toronto and studied Fundraising Management at Ryerson University. She has experience in legal services, construction, insurance, real estate and facilities management. Liz builds her business based on trust, quality and a commitment to exceptional results.

3 thoughts on “Pizza Pizza does NOT always honour its 20 minutes or free guarantee! by Liz Saunders

  1. Too many companies appear not to care. We could fill a book with poor customer service. We had placed an order for delivery with a local bbq joint. They usually are 30-45 minutes. After over an hour I was told “we had a large order come in so we are back logged.” My wife posted on their FB account and about two weeks later the owner apologized. According to him, staff broke protocol. There food is excellent so we’ll see about going back. We did not go there for in house order between the time of the screw up and the apology.

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