CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- I had shopped at Cato university store and paid in full for a skirt which they assured will be arriving at their store on the 15th Monday. When the day passed and no one contacted me I went to the store and inquired about it. When they said it'll be arriving on the 22nd May and it's the 24th today and I've called the headquarters twice and left a voicemail which they initially failed to return however the district manager called later and assured me it'll be arriving on the 22nd Monday but looks like that info was also false.
After calling the headquarters again, Joe returned my call and said I need to speak to someone from the e-commerce department so I was transferred and as usual I left a voicemail but I still haven't received my purchase. It was punched initially on the 13th for my sister who was visiting me from Toronto for Mother's Day. Unfortunately I had to buy her a different gift before she left on the 17th. This has been the worst retail shopping experience ever. I shop at Macy's, Nordstrom, Loft and Cato but now I know that Cato is just going to be dropped out of my list.
A customer should never have to go through so much hassle to receive a purchase after paying for it in full upfront and all the staff seems so ignorant. They are only taught to pass the bug to the next person and give contradicting information. The CEO needs to think about doing some serious training starting from the headquarters staff. Extremely disappointed and glad to cross them off my list.
RANDLEMAN, NORTH CAROLINA -- As a retail store manager that works between 60-80hrs I rarely get a chance to "spiffy" myself up. There is one time a year that I go all out on myself. I went into a Cato store in the adjacent town I live and picked out 4 shirts and 3 pants. I found a dress I feel in love with but wanted to try it on. As I walked up to the counter there were 2 women at the counter. The elder of the 2 said "Oh my you did you get enough things?" I said “Yes and I'm not done but I would like to try this on.” She rolled her eyes and muttered something. So I quickly informed her that I can place the items back if she had an issue.
The younger one led me to the dressing room. I came out and placed the dress with the rest of my items. She started ringing me up and the elder at this time said "You sure did get some pretty outfits." to which my reply was “Yes it's the one time a year I do for me when the rest of the year it's for my kids.” She then looked me up and down and stated that they offer lay away if I needed. I assured her that I made enough that at this time that service was not needed. She huffed, rolled her eyes, then turned to a male behind the counter and started stroking his beard.
As the younger female rang me up she announced out loud that I was using my H&R Block card to make the purchase. Wow. As I was leaving the elder one again with her little jabs hollers out to make sure I come back to spend more money. I don't think so. I will online shop or drive another 35min to go to another Cato.
WALKER, LOUISIANA -- As a longtime patron of these stores I entered the Walker, LA location today with one objective... a new bra. As I didn't have time to go to a mall I was happy to see that they even carried bras as I'd never purchased one from their stores. As I found what I believed to be my size I was informed I couldn't try them on. I requested to just step in the back and slip it over my shirt real quick, I wouldn't remove any tags just wanted to make sure it would work until I could get to a department store. Again, I was denied.
So I ask can I purchase one and try it on and then if I like it I'll buy more. This was acceptable so I did and of course it didn't fit. I returned my purchase to its bag and left the dressing room to find the next size down. When I was asked to hand over my purchase for re-shelving I explained that I had already purchased them. Cato employee, Mrs. **, at the Walker, LA location caught an attitude began mumbling and even involved other patrons in her little fit.
When I asked her what she had said she told me it was the holidays and she didn't need my kind in her store. I inquired her name and she loudly announced it in a tone as if she didn't care I was going to report her to her employer and even daring me to. I am completely shocked that Cato's staff would act in such a way.
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS, TEXAS -- If you have an infant or small child you should skip this store altogether, especially if you are a disabled individual who can not carry your small child with you everywhere you go. I entered a Cato with a basket to push my infant son around in while I shopped because I am a disabled veteran who can not carry my son due to a hip and back injury. I started looking at clothes and a woman came up to me and told me I could not have my cart in the store with my son sitting in it. I told her I could not shop then because I couldn't physically carry him around everywhere. She said, "I'm sorry. You have to leave. You are not allowed to bring a cart in here."
I am disabled because of my time in the service and was treated very rudely. I will never shop at Cato again because I can not shop with peace of mind with my son on the floor of the store for him to get stepped on. Very rude and unaccepting of disabled persons. I immediately left the store and will never return.
CLEWISTON, FLORIDA -- I was overcharged $3.00 for a bra that I bought on Sept 6, 2016. I went back with the receipt & ticket. The clerk did not know how to give me my money back because she has never done this type of transaction. She told me to return when the mgr. was in the store. I did, the mgr. was clueless of how to do it and was very cold & uncaring in the way she treated me. She did not offer ANY kind of solution for me & said it was impossible to do and just keep on taking care of another customer.
ONLINE, NORTH CAROLINA -- I placed an order on the 20th. The charges were on my credit card on the 21st. The order did not ship until the 27th. I had the order shipped to the store, and as of the 5th it still wasn't at the store, and they don't expect it to be in until after the 9th. I will never deal with Cato again.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA -- I have gone into the Lake Havasu City, AZ store 3 times within a year's time. These last 2, a month apart. Each time I have walked in, NOT ONE employee has spoken to say "Hello" nor "Can I help you find anything?" They just completely ignored me. It's not that they are busy, as each time I have entered the store, I was THE ONLY customer! I will never go back there again. Apparently this chain has a reputation for poor customer service, after reading others reviews.
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -- So my mother and I went shopping for new summer clothes a couple weeks ago. We found several things and bought them. Unfortunately, we did not try everything on that day and a few things did not work for us. I called the store to see what their return policy without a receipt was. And was told, "No problem, we will just give you a gift card for what the items are selling for now." Ok, cool, no problem. I specifically asked, "was there a limit on the number of items to be returned, as there was 5 things altogether between my things and my mom's things." I was again told no problem. The lady rang everything up and it came to $137 to go on the gift card.
At that point a key or something is required from the manager. She puts her key in to do whatever and sees the total and says, "No way, that's too many things." "Excuse me...??" It wasn't too many things when we bought 18 items that day!!! I specifically asked that question when I called and was told it was fine. She said I could pick 1 thing to return and would have to just be stuck with the rest of the items I guess. They were all the same size, why would I only want to return 1 thing, when they all didn't fit??? We should have tried EVERYTHING on that day I guess. B/c now we are stuck with $140 worth of clothes that don't fit right and are not allowed to return them.
Although it clearly states online and at the register, you can return without a receipt. It does NOT say we can only return 1 item!!! The manager was condescending and extremely rude to me!!! She berated me in front of everyone in the store and made me feel stupid like I had done something wrong when I was following their policy!!! A gift card would have been fine, except now I will NEVER shop at Cato again, after her embarrassing me that way!!! The poor girl at the register kept apologizing for her manager's attitude. But then refused to tell me what her name was so I could call customer service on her behavior.
I called customer service and she was shocked that she told me it was too many things. That was not their policy she told me. My complaint will be sent to the district manager and they will be giving me a callback... Yeah right. Shame on you manager at Cane Run Road. You have a nasty attitude and are extremely rude to your customers!!! Not to mention, NOT following Cato's return policy... My mother nor I will step foot in a Cato's again!!!
FLORIDA -- I live in a very small southern town where the population is less than 10,000 but we do have a Cato Fashions. The only other "major clothing" store in my town is the Wal-Mart Supercenter. If you can't find it in town you have to take a 45 minute drive to the closest major city.
As soon as my daughter became 16 she started searching for a job because she wanted to start saving money for college. One of the places she went in pursuit of employment was the local Cato Fashions despite the going rumors that the store refuses to hire African Americans. Much to my surprise the rumor ended up to be true. My daughter was initially told by the manager that the store was not hiring at that time but would be in the ear future so she would keep her application on file. For the next several weeks my daughter called and went by the store to check on the status of her application only to be put off and sometimes even ignored by the manager.
I encouraged her to just keep checking until a position became available. I refused to believe the rumors of their "anti-black policy." My daughter continued to check on her application once per week by going to the store; often times she would be told we're still not hiring. But during that time two Caucasian females the same age as my daughter had been hired. After two months of this charade my daughter was so discouraged that I finally told her to stop going in to the store.
I wanted to be proactive and take a stand against this so I made an effort to contact the district manager of the store. She seemed very genuine at first but immediately became defensive when I informed her of my complaint. Her voice became loud and so intense that I was compelled to apologize for offending her with my complaint. She agreed that she was defensive because she was in charge of that particular store. She continuously denied the rumors about the store "not" hiring African Americans but she also did not attempt to recall when the last time an African American worked at that particular store.
When I calmly explained to her that regardless of her denials, I have been a life-long resident of the town and my only goal was to shed light on a problem at the local Cato store. She became even more angry and confrontational and said, "I'm sorry your daughter wasn't hired but I am from the south too and I know that manager of that store cannot hire anyone without talking to me first." That said it all for me. I was calling the head to complain about the tail.
Word of advise, if you notice that there is a lack of diversity among the employees of an establishment, don't do business with them. You can take your money to them but you can't make your money with them.
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA -- Very disappointing experience during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. There was one person on register that's working hard. While there's one person on the floor, who's constantly on the telephone. I had to get floor help from other customers to find what I wanted. The floor person was berating someone on the phone in hearing distance of customers. I felt very uncomfortable.