I Hate you With the Fire of a Thousand Suns….

I hate you with the fire of a thousand suns

I was listening to NPR today (on a 10 hour car ride from Toronto to Cincinnati) and the guy on the radio was talking about a terrible experience he had with United Airlines. The experience made me laugh – as a frequent traveler, I’ve had far worse experience and remained much more calm many times.

As I was listening to his anger I realized something – it wasn’t so much that they screwed up (airlines screw up all the time), it was that they didn’t care.

Most big businesses – airlines, cable providers cell phone providers – bring out the worst in people – we hate them with the fire of a thousand suns.

I was on a Delta flight that was 4 hours late – when they announced the delay they offered free beverages and snacks and you could almost feel the frustration level decline. For less than $1 a passenger they made their customers happy.

By contrast, I had issues with American Airlines (where I have status) and have had my anger level escalate dramatically – not because of the actually issue but because of the rude and uncaring attitude of the employees.

When people get really mad at a company (mad enough to leave a bad review for example, it isn’t just because the bad experience. It is because they simply don’t seem to care.

As a company, apathy can be your worst nightmare.

Comments

  1. Julie Scheurer Graff says:

    Yes, yes yes! It’s not so much that that a company messes up (don’t we all?), we just want them to care! Even when it’s not really the airline’s fault, like when weather causes delays, a little empathy goes a long way. My favorite is doctors offices who really don’t care if you have any other place to be or a life outside their office.

  2. Kristen Munson says:

    I had a similar issue with American and once I started tweeting about it they stepped up to the plate and got me on the very next flight! I was shocked and thrilled at the same time. I actually wrote a blog post about it.

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