Sorry for another rant, but I have to speak…

Just wanted to let some of you know about the convo that I had with Rogers Customer Relations department.

To start, I’ll have to tell you about the recent past.

When the iPhone3G came out, I was 3 months into my new contract, I was bummed out, since at the time, I would’ve liked to have an iPhone, but was told I wasn’t able to upgrade.

Quietly, less than 2 weeks after the launch of the iPhone3G, the newspapers released an article saying that Rogers was allowing some that was 3 months max into their contract to get an iPhone3G. I went immediately to the Roger’s Plus store, only to find out that ALL the iPhones in the city had been sold out. You know, this really pisses me off. But I lived with it. I had my Blackberry 8900 and I started enjoying it more and more.

I especially enjoying talking with my friends in South Carolina and Georgia over Blackberry Messenger, at no extra charge. $0.75 per text for long distance texting, if I had gotten the iPhone.

Recently, my 8900 took an unfortunately ‘dive’ into the Ottawa River. Suffice it to say, even if I could retrieve it, it’s most likely dead now.

I called Rogers about their Handset Protection Guarantee. The girl, being very friendly, I should’ve gotten her name. Most friendly person that I have ever talked to on the Roger’s Customer service call centre.

She offered me a free replacement of a Blackberry Pearl. Well, after having a 8900, I really didn’t want a Pearl. She then offered me a BB9100 for $249.99, well, the 9100 is still a Pearl, just an updated Pearl.

She took a look at my HUD eligibility. She saw that I only had 5 months to go until I was eligible. So she said because I’ve been a long standing customer of Rogers (1991), they would let me upgrade early to a 9700 for $99.00

When I was talking to her, it was only 12 days til the launch of the 9800. She did say that was my option, however, I do still have to go in store to pick it up since that is the only way to do a HUD and that I would have to purchase another SIM card.

So I went to get a SIM card anyways, since I have an old Blackberry 8130 that would hold me over until launch date. Well, the girl at Carlingwood Shopping Centre sold me the SIM card, but refused to activate it, because their system showed that the account was under my english name and that it didn’t match my ID.

She went on to tell me to call customer service to have them activate it. Which is what I did.
They did see that my name was different on the system. But the person I was talking to was Roger’s Blackberry Tech support, he activate my SIM got me going on the older BB. And transferred me to customer service to have my name changed.

I spoke with another girl, who I explained the whole situation to, about losing my 8900 and was hoping to upgrade to an 9800 early, etc. etc.

‘She’ told me that I would have to talk to Customer Relations. So she transferred me there.

Now, the next guy I was talking to, he said that only Customer Relations was the only people that could allow an early upgrade and that they would have no problems upgrading me to the 9700 for $99.00 as spoken to before. But when I mentioned the 9800, we got into this small tiff about how the 9800 ‘might’ not be available available about a Customer Relations upgrade and that I could not go into the store to pick up the upgrade, because Customer Relations would have to ship it out, even if it ‘is’ available on launch date. He said that there were no guarantees.

Oh c’mon! I was told by one person that I could go into the store to pick it up on launch date and then by someone else that I can’t?!?

After a bit of bickering back and forth (the guy still being friendly), he asked that if he could be ‘blunt’… And to give Customer Relations a call back (on the 27th) to see if it is available for them to upgrade me to. My response was “So, you want me to call back, 3 days after the launch, when it could be possibly sold out? Like the iPhone3G?”

He responded by saying “Or you can call back on the launch date, but we might not have anymore information than we do now…”

What can I do? ‘Settle’ for the 9700? Continue on for the next 5 months with this 8130 (which doesn’t have wifi, btw, and can’t upgrade to the OS5, so apps are just crap, compared to my 8900) until I can properly upgrade?

With that ’sorta’ behind us, he wanted to make sure that everything was still in order. The name change. Well, they still screwed that up as well (even though I just talked to the girl about 15 mins earlier). They missed spelled my name and there was 4 other names attached to my account. All of them a different variation of my legal name and my english name.

He did apologize and looked into my account to see there if there was something that could be done. Again, since I’ve been a long standing customer and that BELL has been calling me with offers to entice me to move to them, I’m pretty much extended on any discounts that I can get. He did work something out for me, but I’m not at liberty to mention this out in public.

But I’m still a little miffed about the ‘possibility’ or the ‘impossibility’ of me upgrading to a 9800. I was so psyched about going in to the store on launch day to pick up one.

Now, I’m sorta dreading the call back to Customer Relations, because of a fear that it won’t be available as a Customer Relations upgrade.

I don’t blame the people, they’re just doing their jobs.  But I sorta feel that they could’ve done more in this case, getting my hopes up and all.

So, this is how long standing customers are treated?

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Something to think about when getting your next oil change

So, last Saturday, my father-in-law calls me and asks  if my car is leaking oil.  My response was “Not to my knowledge”.   He goes on to tell me that he found a very small pool of oil on his driveway, where my car was parked.

This concerns me, since I just remembered, that I had to top up my oil a couple of weeks ago.

Sure enough, when I take a look under my car, there’s a couple drops waiting to happen.  Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t have the right equipment in order to get under the car for a proper inspection.  Checking the oil level and making sure that there was a safe enough level to get home, I decided that will have to check the next day, during the day light.

So, the next day comes along, and I go into Canadian Tire and pick up a 5 litre jug of Castrol Syntec and  a Fram oil filter for synthetic oil.  I decided that was going to do a complete oil change while I’m under the car anyways, since it was getting close to the mileage that I should be changing it anyways.  I remember the last time, I had gone to Oil Changers and had them do it.  I do normally let them do it, since it’s more convenient and faster.

I went to the service counter and asked the ‘Sevice Advisor’ where I can find the gasket/washer for the oil drain plug.  I might as well pick one up while I’m there, just in case I need one.  I don’t know about this guy, because he suggested that we go into the ‘plumbing’ department and pick one up there.

My friend, pipes up and says “Now why the f**k would an automotive part be doing in the the plumbing department?”, just as the store manager was walking up to use to make sure if we were taken care of.  He promptly showed us to the area with the washers would be for the drain plugs, goes as far as to look up the part number for the drain plug to find the correct size of washer we needed.  We told him what his service advisor had told us and he was astonished to  hear what we repeated to him.  “He’s the service advisor for god sakes!” was his reply.  We’ll let him deal with his employee.

We paid for the stuff and left to do a complete oil change on the car.

I put the car up on the ramps and crawled under.  Yup, I can see a leak coming from the drain plug and the oil filter.  I asked my friend to hand me a 17mm wrench so I can loosen the drain plug.  As I was putting the wrench on, the nut turned by itself.  WTF?!?!?

I use my hand and remove the drain plug, without the wrench.  Is it just me or does something not seem right here?!?  I shouldn’t have been able to remove that plug with just my hand alone!

Once all the oil had drained, I put the plug back in, with the new washer and made surer I tightened it with the wrench.  Next, the oil filter.  Since that was leaking as well, I thought to myself “I wonder if that’s loose too?”  Sure enough, I was able to remove it without any tools and resistance.  What the hell?!?!

It is now obvious that those guys that are working at Oil Changers, didn’t tighten anything!

I did my oil change and made sure everything was tightened properly.  No leaks, no drips.  Just goes to show you, if you want it  done properly, do it yourself.  Unless you don’t know how to do an oil change (which every male should!), don’t have the facilities or tools (again, if you are a guy, you should have tools and at least a friend with a driveway), or if your vehicle warranty doesn’t cover self done oil changes.  There’s a few out there that want a receipt of oil change done at the regular intervals.

In any case, you’ll want to make sure that you take it to a proper mechanic.  It may cost you most, but a trusted mechanic goes a long way.  My own trusted mechanic is Autovation, located in Stittsville, ON.

That’s my rant for this time, til the next.

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