Thursday 27 September 2007

Keep away from my lucky charms...

Top of the afternoon to ya.

I'm off to Ireland tomorrow with Steve and my Dad. It was is 60th a couple of months ago so we're treating him. Not much actually planned but it'll be a laugh all the same. Back on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday 25 September 2007

Carphone warehouse update, probably not the last for a year

I had an automated call on Saturday telling me that my phone could not be repaired due to water damage and that I would have to claim on my insurance. Fair enough, if that's what's happened there's nothing much I can do about it. It would just have been nice to have been told that almost a month ago when I first took it in.

Luckily I remembered to update my insurance policy with my Lloyds TSB account for the new phone which meant that I was fully covered. All I had to do was pick up the phone and send it off minus the £30 excess.

When I picked it up from the carphone warehouse repair centre it came with some paper work. Luckily I checked as the idiot member of staff didn't. It said "improper repair attempt" That means at some stage during all this time one of the idiots i've been dealing with damaged it. The guy actually had the cheek to see if I was still going to claim on my insurance (still paying the excess).

As it stands he's sending it back to the original place where the first attempt for it to get repaired was made. If I don't hear back by Wednesday I will expect a new phone.

Friday 21 September 2007

Just got back from "lunch"

Won £10 on the quiz machine
Won 4-1 at pool.
It's cake day.

All in all a good Friday afternoon.

Change pot

I counted my change pot again last night. £75 worth of baggable coins! €90 in notes which i'll use in Ireland next weekend and I also have £100 Hong Kong Dollars (£6).

Boiler trouble

Our boiler's been leaking for the last few days so i've got to take next Tuesday off from work so that the gas man can take a look.

I'm actually looking forward to it. Not the gas man servicing my boiler... oooh er misses, but the time off to laze around doing nothing.

All of my weekends have been chocablock for the past month or so and there's no let up in the near future.

Richard Herring

I'm off to see Richard Herring later.

We'll probably go for a nice meal and a couple of drinks first then head in for 9:30.

Thursday 20 September 2007

What are the chances?

April's Mum is flying over from Australia for the Christmas holidays and is staying round mine. She lands on the 19th.

Guess what night my work's Christmas is on...

Wednesday 19 September 2007

Carphone Warehouse Update 2

They called me up yesterday to appologise and offer me £45 plus a pushed forward (28th Sept) fix date. If it's not ready by then they get another £45 fine.

I'd rather have my phone (working) back but I guess it could have been worse.

I've also cancelled my direct debit. They're not getting a penny more from me until I have my fixed phone.

Saturday 15 September 2007

PO'd German Kid playing Unreal Tournament
Oh dear, oh dear.

Ben: Ring any bells?

Friday 14 September 2007

Carphone Warehouse Update

Sir / Madam

The side volume buttons and the flash stopped working on my new Nokia N95 so I took it back to the store (Fenchurch) to get fixed.

They said it would take up to around two weeks to repair. Two weeks later I get a call telling me that it was fixed and that I could collect it.

Upon collecting my phone it turned out that it was NOT fixed after all. The assistant offered me no apology and very little assistance. I was told that my best option would be to take the phone to Cannon Street to get fixed at their on site workshop. I did this on 04/09/07.

I called today (13/09/07) to find out the progress of the repair and was put on hold for 5 minutes. I called again and amongst other things put on hold again for 5 minutes was told that the phone could not be fixed in store as suggested and that it was now being sent back to the manufacturers where it could take up to 28 days.

Not only do I have to make do with a seriously substandard loan phone for the best part of 7 weeks whilst still paying a premium price for my handset and line rental I have also had the privilege of having to deal with your unhelpful and sometimes rude staff.

I think the service I have received from The CarPhoneWarehouse has been thoroughly unacceptable. Unless I am compensated substantially for the considerable inconvenience and waste of my valuable time I will terminate my contract.


Mr Blah blah


I have also tried using your on-line complaints form however this does not work either.

Thursday 13 September 2007

Mmm... soft towels

Additional benefit of April moving in. Most of mine are like sandpaper.

Wednesday 12 September 2007

Amusing job title

Child: "Daddy, what do you do for a living?"
Father: "Well dear, I am dog bark counter for the council"

Six days later a council official noted 1,303 barks over a 32-minute period.

What was he doing to the dogs to make them do that?

Tuesday 11 September 2007

If only this was true

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Washington, D.C. 20006

My work address must be on a junk mail list somewhere.

Thursday 6 September 2007

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Phone update

I had a call yesterday from carphone warehouse saying that my phone was returned and that everything was fixed (volume side buttons and flash) and it was free to get picked up.

I picked it up this morning, had a look and the volume buttons weren't fixed. The guy said "sorry" and that I should take it to the Cannon Street branch where they have a team of engineers on site that would be able to fix it.

I thought "fuck it", i'll get no where with him, so took the phone and kept the motorola shit.

I'm back at the office now and have just tried the flash.

Surprise, surprise, it doesn't work either!!! What a load of bollocks! If you haven't bothered fixing it why tell me it's fixed? It's a waste of my time, there time, my patience and a whole lot of bother.

Why did I use them again?