10-15-2019 03:14 PM
I have just returned home from Best Buy in Culver City, Los Angeles - 6000 Sepulveda Blvd, inside the Westfield.
I went in to purhase a Mac book - it's not a small spend, and in retrospect I would have much preferrred to have spent my money in the Apple store - their customer service is impeccable.
I got to the area closest the laptops and knew what I wanted so was really just looking for someone to help me get laptop so that I could purchase it.
I went to the closest desk and saw an employee finishing up with a customer, so I waited. Then I waited some more while they continued to chat, and then I waited even longer as they still discussed underwater camera equiptment in general. The conversation lasted beyond a few pleasantries, and I was made to wait for over 5 minutes.
The Best Buy employee who's name was Jonathan, continued to engage this customer further even though I was still in line, even though the extent of his work-related transaction had well past.
Not once did Jonathan just look over and say 'mam i'll be with you a moment' - I was intentionally ignored. He made no attempt to just look over or provide any eye contact to let me know that he even acklowledged my presence. I was standing right in front of him the whole time.
Once the customer finished up, I walked over and said 'are you free?' - To which Jonathan said 'I am now' - in a very hostile way and certainly unncesary way. As though to imply that I had to wait until he was ready, until he had finished with his conversation, regardless of how long it took.
When I told him that I'd like to purchase a Mac book - he said 'I can't help you, you have to go over there'.
So I walked away.
His behavoir and attitute came across as very spiteful, and I have no idea why. All I wanted to do was purchase a laptop.
His actions were deliberate and dare I admit it, quite hurtful. It's certainly not what anyone else who's in retail would do. I've worked in retail myself and I would not dream of being so rude to someome who's just waiting in line.
He chose not to acknowledge me during his whole conversation that lasted 5 minutes. Then for some reason thought it approriate to respond so rudely.
I walked out feeling pretty sh*t. It's just not nice behaviour and should be addressed so that others don't walk away spending $1000 and being treated in a mean and spitful way.
I would like for this to be fedback to Jonathan. He should be aware of the impact of behavour like that.
Plus, it's not a good look for Best Buy - I'll continue to make my laptop purchases for my employees directly from Apple in future.
10-16-2019 11:36 AM
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10-22-2019 11:21 AM