Let’s start out with a story. I planned a nice Spring trip for my parents…in style – Emirates First Class, which at the time of booking included complimentary chauffeur drive (Emirates has since removed this perk). My parents had never flown Emirates First Class before and they were extremely excited about the trip. However, a little incident arose when they were picked up from their hotel in New York.
This is a guest post by Enoch, a Juicy Miles award booker.
Emirates partners with Boston Coach in the tri-state area for their executive car services. We received a phone call from them confirming the pick up at 8:05 a.m the next morning. My parents were told that the driver would be right in front of the hotel, displaying their names on the car window—pretty standard.
Five minutes past the scheduled pick-up time, my parents still couldn’t find the driver. They saw a black Chrysler across the street with flashers on, so they went to inquire. There were no names on the window, but the driver claimed he was picking up two passengers with the same last name as my parents, just not my parents. Our last name isn’t very common, but okay.
Fifteen minutes later and still no driver, there was an incoming phone call from Boston Coach. They connected us with the driver, who did not sound happy. He was screaming, saying he had been there since 7:50 a.m., the passenger is a no-show, etc. Lo and behold, it was the driver across the street (I still don’t understand why he was way across the street). Turns out, my parents were his passengers.
Well, no big deal. We found the driver. My parents crossed the street to approach the driver, but the driver refused to unlock the door until he saw my parents’ ID and airline reservation. After, he stayed inside the car and refused to open the trunk. It took some serious intervening from the hotel bellhops that ran across the street to finally get him to open the car trunk to load the luggage. When my mom got into the car, the driver adjusted/pushed his seat as far back as possible. My mom asked nicely whether he could move it just a little bit, and the driver responded, something to the effect of “well, the car is just small and you’re going to have to deal with it.” Throughout the entire trip to JFK, he continued cussing and swearing.
Now, I get it. Waiting for people is frustrating and perhaps the driver was having a bad day. However, as a professional service provider, I think most will agree that this is simply unacceptable in the service industry.
My question – Would you lodge a complaint? Of course, my parents were receiving the chauffeur service for free. Though of course with the free ride came a yelling driver the entire way to the airport. What do you think? When do you decide to complain about unprofessional behavior?
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