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Rating: 1/51
SILVER SPRINGS, NEVADA -- On 9/26/12, I ordered Charter's Triple Play to be installed in a house I was renting. I was given an installation date of 11/6/12 and was not a happy camper. Called to complain and get an earlier installation date and was called back on 9/27/12 telling me a technician would arrive between 1:00 and 3:00 pm on 9/27/12. The tech arrived, but informed me that Charter would have to bury cables to hook up my service. I was told that the order would be placed that day and that the cable would be buried the following week. I was told that I did no have to be home when the cable was buried, but I would have to be there when the service was hooked up.

On 10/5/12, I called Charter and told them that I could not occupy the house without communications set up in the house. I asked when the cable would be buried so that service could be hooked up. The representative was rather annoyed with my call. I was told that the order was still open and Charter placed another order for the buried cable. I was told that I would know when the cable was buried when I saw painted lines on the ground and markers delineating the water/gas/electrical lines. My husband drives a truck for a living and I do not feel safe without communications hooked up to the house.

On 10/9/12, I called Charter again with further promises that the cable would be buried soon. Once again, I felt as if I was nothing but an annoyance to the Charter personnel.

On 10/12/12, I called again and was told that the crew was scheduled to bury the cable on 10/2/12, but they did not show up. Yet another order was placed for the bury cable work to be done. I was told they would show up on 10/10/12 to bury the cable. They did not show up. I reiterated that I was still unable to live in the house until service was connected. Charter's customer service people leave a lot to be desired. They are rude and make no attempt to disguise their irritability.

On 10/19/12, I placed another call to Charter and was once again given the run around. The representative told me that she would send another bury cable order and that I should receive a call on Saturday, 10/20/12 telling me that the cable was buried and to make an appointment to have service connected.

Today, 10/20/12, I have still not received a call from Charter. I have never been able to talk to the same person when I call Charter. I have no service and have no clue when I will have service. What is the problem? Charter is full of apologies, but that does not give me service. I feel that I have been patient long enough and I am tired of the empty apologies and promises that Charter gives me. I would NOT recommend subscribing with Charter for any reason. They are unreliable and untrustworthy. I am at the end of my rope and would warn anyone and everyone to avoid Charter like the plague. The frustration and lack of service is beyond belief and you are better off dealing with other communcation providers.
     
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trmn8r on 2012-10-22:
This is a "2000s" problem - in the old days, like when I moved in my house, there was no such thing as a triple play. Everyone still had land lines.

I can see why you are stressing over this - because you want a phone connection when you move in. I hope that they get it installed soon. Phone and cable service can be pretty slow these days.
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Honestly, to those of you that have had problems with your Charter service, I'm sorry. I say that because I am one of the agents that you would possible speak with if you were having problems with your cable or internet. With that being said, I would like you to take into mind that I am only one person of about 17,000 agents that you could possible speak to.
I AM from the US, and do speak English. I have read that many people have issues with people not speaking English but as those of you that have been generous enough to donate to the earthquake or tsunami victims throughout the world, please realize that those are our employees too!
I really wish that each person that has called in with a complaint or issue to our company could work only one month in our daily life. I personally try to be as compassionate and empathetic to every caller I receive, yet understand that some people just don't want to hear it.
If you might be willing to read, this is a normal day of service for a Charter agent:
1. As much as I would love to be able to give you a time that an outage would may resolved, it's really just not possible. I, nor the Charter technitians, are able to prevent them. Granted, sometimes it is a maitenance issue that is being done in the area to repair services, but we cannot control weather-relates issues (such as 49 out of the 50 states getting snow this year,) nor are we able to stop an accident of a vehicle may crash into a fiber line that takes 48 hours to repair. No company is ever perfect but we strive our hardest to give you the best service possible.
2. No one in life (or computer) is perfect. You may call in and speak with the automated system to ask questions about something and get to the incorrect department. Honestly, it happens. When you speak with an agent and tell them what you're calling in about, we're not intentionally trying to avoid you're issue, it's just that we're all trained in different area of specialty. If I'm not the correct agent for you, I'll get you to the right one as soon as possible with the least about of hassle as possible. No program or person is perfect but we do the best that we can.
3. Please keep in mind that on an average day we take anywhere from 30-70 calls per 8 hour shift. During that day it's only one of two things that we're answering the call about; either your cable or your internet is not working. While answering your call there are only so many option that we have to help with. As I said earlier we are specifacally trained per department, and as a call center cable and internet repair agent there is only so much that I'm able to help you with over the phone. I'm aware that when we ask you to unplug a cable box or modem it's typically not conveniant to get to (either being in an entertainment center or searching through many cables connected with your computer.) If there was a way to bypass this option, or to do it for you, we would. Unfortunately this just isn't possible. We only ask you to do this because it genuinely repairs about 80% of the calls that we receive.
4. I completely understand that the automated system may be frustrating, yet yet many customers have their issues resolved while following the steps provided. Granted, in some circumstances an agent is required to resolve issues, the system is in place to over-all assist the customer calling in,
5. While we do provide you, the customer, with cable and internet service, we cannot guarantee that the equipment you used to access those services are going to work. For example, if your television will not turn on, or if your computer has a virus (or the moniter won't power on) unfortunately we may not be able to resolve the problem for you. The same standard applies for third-party routers. If you're able to get online to the internet directly connected to the standard modem, but not able to access your own wireless service in your house, it may be something that you would need to contact the manufacturor about for assistance. we will try to repair any issue you may have with the services and equipment that Charter has provided you with, but some things are just out of our hands.
5. If your services aren't working we will truly try to fix the issue. No one person is expected to pay for a service that they're not getting, but please at least give us a chance to resolve the issue. If you are experiencing an outage or some equipment failure is causing it not to work, call us to let someone help repair the problem. Whether the resolution in sending a technician out or replacing the equipment we can do that for you. However when a person calls in saying that their services haven't been working for the last year, but they's no notes on your account alerting us to the problem, it's difficult to know the accuracy of the statements. It's not the we don't believe you, only that as per any company there must be documentation. As inconveniant it may be for people to take time our of their busy days to call us to state their cable/internet has been intermitten, it's necessary to reciprocrate the compensation you deserve.
In conclusion, we're not robots or droids that have been trained to give a scripted response to answer you. I personally, and the company as a whole strive to give the best customer service possible. Everyone has good and bad days as a whole we do our best. Please keep that in mind next time you call in. Thank you for reading and have a great day.

~~~ A Charter Call Center Agent ~~~
     
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Bad customer service and unethical business practices
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Rating: 1/51
MISSOULA, MONTANTA -- For the most part - these folks don't care if you're unhappy. Their internet is slow too often, and I've had nothing but problems with them (since becoming Charter - even though they state nothing has changed but the name - it changed for me).

The installer put cords through a main walk area, which my son tripped over twice (we have photos but what's the point - they don't care). We are keeping them here until our new ISP installs so we can have a witness - and will be getting statements from as many people as we can over the next few days - dust around them and all so can prove how screwed up this cord thing has been and continues to be). I tripped over it once and pulled the cord right out of the back of my TV (and the whole cable connection so TV is broken). I luckily only fell down and nothing landed on me - just a broken TV. The cord was suspended through the air by about ½" (pulled taught by the installer). My son ruined another TV when helping me move some furniture (at least he didn't trip this time). I have these two broken TV's in the exact condition they were when we accidentally tripped over the cable cord. If someone were to see where this thing was they would be amazed (literally in the middle of the room suspended through the air enough that if not careful this could happen. I'm surprised we didn't trip over it more often. We never got this resolved - eventually had to get an extension wire (which they threw at us and made us do - we couldn't due to the enormity of the splits so had to wait for them to come back). They basically extended it but only enough so the cord would now touch the ground (is still running in the middle of the living room walkway).

They also ruined my computer by putting their software into it twice (yes twice). Once and awhile I get this box that says, "cannot install or upgrade software due to affinigy" or something to that extent - which is digido. Their response - "we don't know why it does this to macbooks and there is nothing we can do." So - why then would they install it 'twice"? Because they didn't believe me when I told them it had been installed before and were too incompetent to search for proof it had been before recklessly reinstalling it. My computer cost 1500.00 and has not worked the same since.

To reward me for 101/2 months of hell - they raise my monthly service by $38.00 per month. Because they never once cared to take care of any of the problems I had due to their negligence and at my expense I have needed to report to the BBB & consumer affairs. I'll likely end up in court. I honestly had let it all go - still have these issues but was trying to be kind and not be a pain to them. Having raised my prices without warning (and taking it out of my account), was the breaking point. I have 2-broken televisions, which need cable connections installed back into (not a difficult process but I won't stop until they take care of this expense), a computer that needs to be sent to a technician (at one point they told me to bring it in to get the software off - at "my" expense when they couldn't do it), and unauthorized amounts coming out of my account.

They have cost me a great deal of time, stress, and money (and just don't care). I strongly recommend any company other than this for your internet and cable services. Their internet may be advertised as fast - and it is "when it works". More often than not I have freezes and delays - major slow downs and needs to reboot (on any devise), and have to turn to my cell phone's internet service for a working connection. Their triple play package - good if you will only want their service on a temp basis. After that you will work your way from the 99.99 to 189.00 - the longer you stay the more you pay. I had been talked into this even though I had been a consumer for about 7 years prior to that. The idea was "you will pay a little less and get a phone out of the deal" I took the offer but was never told that I would pay in a big way down the road. I've asked them to pull the recording from that call (I had called about us tripping over the wire a second time and a second TV being broken), when they sold me this package. I thought existing customers didn't get this deal but evidently because I was paying a decent price they figured they needed to hook me for something (I have no idea why they did this).

A sad ending to a company I would have preferred to stay with for life simply to have some continuity- was even willing to bypass the difficulties to stay with them but they pushed things too far.
     
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I was lied to throughout my painful experience with Charter
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Rating: 1/51
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- 1. We've had the lowest rated cable service in Asheville, NC since 2010. This is according to 2009 Consumer Reports.

2. We were warned about the problems with Charter by a few people and we walked into it eyes wide open. It has been the worst everything to the point that I dreaded the renewal timeframe.

3. Charter Comm. sent a letter to its customers dated 9/14/13 in which it states our promotion is about to expire and we will get a Customer Appreciation Discount of $59 for an additional 12 months. Then the nightmare (the worst of them) began.

4. They are all pushing a new package. A representative on chat (my second attempt to find out what was going on) called me something close enough to stupid for not wanting to take advantage of the new deal. I told the representative Charter is herding people to upgrade and eventually the costs will skyrocket. I reported his actual words to the rep.'s supervisor who pushed the new package, not the comment by the employee. I attempted to bring the focus back on the employee. I don't know if I was successful. I do know it was a lost cause.

5. I was pushed off to a higher tier representative. I hung up on him. He called back and I finally picked up the 2nd callback. I explained I knew what Charter was doing and he was my fourth contact of the day pushing a package. I would not apologize. After more agonizing contact, he said we'd get the upgrade (to me of things we don't want or need) for $133 (inclds tax) and our modem/router combo had to be upgraded to handle the higher speed. I informed him the technicians are yet another nightmare. I also asked for the package information with the price quoted be sent to me as, based on all other experiences, people at Charter lie or management does not provide them enough information to do an honest job. He said he could not do that. I replied that I was purchasing something at a verbal rate not in writing and I was concerned I'd be burned (ripped off was more accurate).

6. The bill was updated online. The Balance for the dropped rate (I was paying $138) was about $9. I called and the uninformed or stupid representative said it was a credit. It did not look like a credit but a charge.

7. The next day or so I looked again, now the Balance was $89. I CALLED AGAIN.

8. Customer support could not help, so I was bounced to billing. After about 55 mins. on the phone with the lovely woman from Wisconsin, she said:
a. We didn't need to replace the modem/router everyone else said had to be replaced. It would handle the new speed. I worked in the computer field and with our internet usage we DON'T NEED MORE SPEED. She spent time confirming that. I truly truly appreciated that. She took time to ensure she was telling the me truth.
b. We didn't have to replace our current DVR/cable box that everyone else said had to be replaced.
c. Sometime in October, if we want service on our HD TVs upstairs, we will need boxes for $12/month. I'm considering not watching TV... I could also go to the local shop and pick up the boxes myself. That remains to be seen if it's possible.

I liked the woman in Wisconsin and I apologized to her when I said I'll believe it when I see it. She actually understood and apologized profusely. Apologies for repeatedly horrific service from Charter is worthless but I understood why she had to say it.

I sent a letter to Verizon FiOS imploring them to come here. I watched their stumbling and growth in NY. They would be the competition for Charter.
     
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CU on 2013-09-22:
If you got FIOS you'd find it to be exactly the same. They all read from the same script.
It isn't likely that you'll get FIOS though. Verizon has pulled back support for it in favor of more cellular business. They aren't cabling any new areas, and I suspect that the whole FIOS business is up for sale.
jadams1000 on 2013-09-24:
Oh, great. The problem here, however, is that Charter is it. I went to their office to confirm what the woman at billing said and it was slightly wrong (for the better for me, though). We're not holding our breath for FIOS and we're getting old enough to finally realize we need to ditch tv and go for something like Netflix.

Thanks for the info. It seems that all companies are headed this way. Less service and worse service, higher prices, less competition.
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"Terrible" Does Not Even Begin to Describe Charter
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Rating: 1/51
WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA -- For all those considering dealing with Charter stay away from Charter as you may regret it as my experience below shows. This is the last bad experience of a series of bad experiences I had with this company in the last several months including at their office or by phone. It is amazing to see the number of similar complaints on line and with the Better Business Bureau about how this company conducts its business.

We had today Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 a scheduled 3 - 5 PM move of service from one location to another which is literally next door. The reason is that I am disabled and to avoid the stairs in the old location a residence section was blocked of in the new location which has no stairs.

Charter technician failed to show up in spite of two assurances made by Charter on the same day when I called personally to check the status and whereabouts of the installer. Misinformation is what Charter specialize in. For example one of the untrue piece of information given as an excuse is that the installer could not find the new location while two assistants of mine were sent out to wait in the street under scorching heat from 2:10 PM (since your installers some times come earlier) to 5:30 PM well beyond the appointment time. One assistant was stationed at the corner so he can see Charter truck whether it comes from the front door or the back door and the other stood less than 100 feet away at the entrance of old location. Charter never showed up. In spite of 6 calls to Charter each entailing a 20 minutes wait to go through the menu until you get a live person and in spite of several assurances where every time a different and conflicting story is given to the customer we did not learn until after 5:30 that Charter unilaterally rescheduled the appointment for next Saturday a week later.

At that time I called the assistants back from the street and called Charter several more times to discuss a date to get rid of Charter unless they honor their word and install today. One employee attempted to help, called back to inform me that she is talking to a dispatcher and hopes to get the transfer to be done today in an attempt not to lose an 18 years customer. But then very long time passed but she never called back.

Charter also disconnected me from the existing location without connecting the new location using different misinformation as an excuse. I was with no service, no email, no internet and the only thing Charter offered was a 'sorry' and more conflicting information and different story every call. This untrustworthy company reneged on their promise at a great cost to me not only by robbing me of a full day of my life but also adding insult to injury by having me wait from 5:30 PM to 10 PM when they re-gave me the impression that they will honor their promise that night and then not having the courtesy to call back and tell me they will not do it.

"Terrible" does not even begin to describe the installer who because of him Charter lost an 18 years old customer and robbed him from a wasted day of his life plus that of two assistants and unknown number of hours of suffering to obtain alternate service and handle the mess of 18 years old email accounts. Not finding a prominent corner well known business address is only a lame excuse for a more serious problems with Charter staff. The least I can do is to make it my mission in life to inform all our friends, neighbors, every social site and on every occasion the facts of my experience with their misinformation and inefficiency. It will be a pleasure to drop Charter from my dictionary.

It will be a big breath of fresh air to get rid of Charter management who hires such terrible installers and employees.
     
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John Nicholson on 2013-09-09:
I am seeing an increasing number of complaints about Charter lately. I suspect it has a lot to do with the area in which you live as I have always had very good, prompt service from Charter, especially the guys who come to the house. Charter's phone customer service is, however, a real exercise in frustration. Our service suddenly went out last week and after a couple of hours I called to find out if they were out in my area or not. I ended up talking(or attempting)to their stupid computer "help" system when all I wanted to do was ask a simple question. I got tied up with it for a good ten minutes until I started talking gibberish and was transferred to a real, live person. After a web search, I found a website that tells you how to get a live human at many sites like Charter. Follow this link and bookmark it for the future: gethuman.com

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I Am Addressing This Huge Concern to George [Snip] Director of Media
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George, I will make this quick because I am tired of wasting my time with the Charter sales team. I have sought out several Federal Agencies in the Consumer Action Handbook who have informed me that contacting you first for an agreeable resolution, and if not, they would be happy to step in and review the situation.

We must discuss this issue of promising the public a price for a product, and not delivering. You are doing this to me and to many others. I am paying $29.99 (plus paid the $50 install fee) for Internet service only. This price I am paying that you advertise is for phone service. I do not even have a land-line! I should be paying the advertised (via fliers and website offers) $19.99!

Your SALES TEAM is RUDE, INCOMPETENT and just do not care. At this point, and in my professional estimation, Charter has raised Verizon Wireless to a good level. And I believe Verizon has the worst ability in Corporate History of providing in any way a decent and positive customer service. The stats do not lie.

When I called to inquire, your SALES team refused to adjust this appropriately and were very pleasant to tell me they would be more than happy to cancel my service. But, no refunds. I guess that your SALES person already got his/her commission. Now do not get to anxious, I want my service active. There is a lot to write about.

George, you really should be paying more attention to customer retention and establish a track record of KEEPING CUSTOMERS. I guess I am from the old school when the people I worked with cared as much as I did about the customers experience. I was in Hospitality Management for 20-years. I would have FIRED any employee who addressed my customers this way. It all makes sense. I had a lot of competition and if I could not treat the employees and customers properly, they would walk across the street seek out another Hotel. I did not want my employees to form Unions within my establishment. But in these times, maybe the option should be revisited.

I worked for 5-star hotels as DHR and for GM in Labor relations. I am yet to find a decent wireless phone, Internet, home phone or television company anywhere these days. Most all are manipulative, greedy, and not operative with their customers. We low line customers of yours, George, give you a company to operate.

I received an e-mail this morning that a NEW AND IMPROVED Internet package is being offered at the bargain price of $29.99! George, your sales person informed me that I would not get this service even though I am already paying the erroneous $29.00. I was told I can not take advantage of this offer because ... because...because.... I am tired of your employees problems. There is always a reason WHY the customer cannot have what is rightfully offered at what they are paying! I want to know "HOW THEY CAN HELP ME, NOT WHY THEY CANNOT! THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM GEORGE, NOT MINE.

OK, I am finished here, for now. You were anxious to post a response to my compliment on 2/22/2012. Don't run away now! I will NOT just go away and it would be very unprofessional of you to throw me to anyone else. Your 3Cents readers want to know. I want to know. It is time to stop treating your customers like we are ignorant or just right down STUPID! I await our reply before I move ahead with my options. I am handicapped, and I know you do not want to approach any Civil Rights laws.
Company Response 3/14/2012:
Greetings again Penny,

We’d be more than happy to address your concerns. Please contact us at Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com with the name and address on your account so we can we can take a look at your billing concerns. Please be sure to put ”CharterGeorge – My3cents - PennyLayne” in the subject line so I can keep an eye out for it.

Thanks and I look forward to assisting!

George Vick
Senior Social Media Specialist – Charter
Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com
http://www.charter.com/UMatter2Charter
     
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DebtorBasher on 2012-03-06:
The New and Improved package deal is most likely for new customers, not existing customers. And I fail to see were being handicapped has anything to do with the price they are charging you...unless they are chargin all handicapped people more than those who are not handicapped and you have a way to prove it if it comes down to you filing a claim against them.

Did you order their 'Lite' deal for the $19.99 a month for six months? The other deals are bundles with phone.
trmn8r on 2012-03-06:
You speak of fliers and advertisements and offers, but I am confused. What offer did you sign up for, and are you paying the rate that you agreed to for the service that was advertised?

What relevance does the last line of your complaint have? What civil rights violation is there?
BigAl on 2012-03-06:
It sounds like she signed up for internet service at 19.99 and had it installed (I paid $50) but she is being billed for telephone service at 29.99. Not sure though it is very confusing.
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Charter Rep still working after he attacks my dog??
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MARYVILLE, ILLINOIS -- Let me start by saying that I hate Charter! I haven't had their service in 2 years. A representative came out to my neighbors house to shut their service off. The representative was parked behind my home in our back alley. My small 15 pound dog was in the back yard. She was barking at him. I don't know what happened to this guy, but he is at the edge of my yard (even tho he is supposed to be next door) But he starts kicking and stomping on my dog!! He said he was afraid of the dog. She had just giving birth the day before. I went out there to get him to stop having his baby fit, I asked him his name and he wouldn't tell me at first. Finally I asked for his name again, and he takes his badge off and throws it at me and starts screaming at me calling me crazy, and that I need to get back into my house. I called Charter to report him, they told me the tech is employed from a sub-contractor and that I would have to call them. First of all, Charter employs them, but you have to try to fix the problem yourself?? I called and made an "official complaint" with Charter and the contracted Co. They said someone would be getting back to me really soon. That they can't believe he assulted my dog the way he did. Three days later I'm riding through town and who do I see? The same tech in the same van working. No one from Charter EVER called back or the contracted company! Charter is a horrible rip- off of a company who employs abusive techs. [snip] is the tech. working in Granite City, IL.

Be very careful dealing with this guy, I think he is very dangerous. Since Charter will not warn you about their abusive techs, I will!
Resolution Update 04/12/2011:
I was told not to discuss untill the investigation is resolved.
     
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jktshff1 on 2011-04-10:
two questions.
1. Is your yard fenced and was the dog inside the fence at the time.
2. If #1 is no, was the dog on a leash or chain that the length did not allow it to go past the property line?
A 15 lb. dog can still bite.
alzabella on 2011-04-10:
My dog was on a leash that stretches to the end of our yard. No farther. The tech was in MY yard in front of MY house to deal with the neigbors service. The man stepped forward at my dog to kick her and repeatedly stomp on her. I guess he was trying to get her before she got him. But she was on a chain. I am aware that 15 pound dogs bite. But mine did not. She was to busy trying to get out from under a size 12 steal toe work boot. Not to mention the tech assulted me when he through his ID at me and hit me with it.
Sparticus on 2011-04-10:
I think I would have assaulted the tech. If you don't hear from them, try getting someone at corporate. There is no excuse for not following up with you.
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
I would call the police if someone did that to my dog, and acted this way. You might want to try that.
Venice09 on 2011-04-10:
I too would have called the police. Also, I'd be careful if I were you. If this guy is still working in your area and knows that you reported him, he sounds like the type that might want to retaliate. I hope your dog is okay.
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
Venice is right, and you never know. This is a tough position to be in, since he knows where you live. This is why you should report it to the police, just in case something were to happen.

We had some guys come into our backyard to go fishing. It's private property. They were throwing their trash and cigarette butts on our lawn. My husband asked them nicely to leave, and they said they were going to kill our dog. Since they were that ugly, and knew where we lived, it took weeks before I was comfortable.

When you have an altercation like this when the other party knows where you live, it is always a good idea to report it. You never know what people are capable of.
alzabella on 2011-04-10:
Venice09-That is exactly my worry. He knows where I live. And this guy was seriously not right! He blew up and charged at me the minute I caught him assaulting my dog. I did make a police report that day.
madconsumer on 2011-04-10:
I would like to hear the service techs side.

I was bitten by a small dog and was left with a couple of stitches and a nice scar on my leg.

correct, the service tech should have called the police and had the dog picked up, and filed a charge against the homeowner.
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
As someone with scars on my leg from being attacked by a dog smaller that 15 pounds I would like to hear both sides. They contractor can lark anywhere he wants on a public road. He may of had to access your property via the public easement to the utility pole to turn off your neighbors service. It is up to the pet owner at all times to have control over thief animals at all times. The contractor had a legal right to be on your property to which you failed to control your animal.
Venice09 on 2011-04-10:
Madconsumer, the tech shouldn't have been anywhere near the dog. You know some people do enjoy abusing animals. Maybe the barking annoyed him and he took it out on the dog.

Alzabella, reporting it to corporate and filing a police report is really all you can do. Well, that and keep your eyes open. Maybe there will be other complaints, and the company or the police will be forced to do something about it. Hopefully, this tech will get fired and be out of your area in the near future.
Venice09 on 2011-04-10:
Throwback, how can you say the contractor had a legal right to be on the OP's property? You don't know that. If the dog was chained, why didn't he just back away?
momsey on 2011-04-10:
Madconsumer...had the dog picked up for what? Barking???

Throwback...aren't you making a big assumption that the guy had a legal right to be on the OP's property?

A 15 lb dog of course can bite. A 15 lb dog on a leash can only bite whatever comes close enough to it. So I don't see a scenario where the tech was in the right.
Venice09 on 2011-04-10:
Madconsumer and throwback were bitten by dogs. I get that. But they shouldn't let that cloud their judgment or make assumptions in this case.
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
I'll preface this by admitting that I HATE dogs. I can't stand their nasty little furry behinds. That said, they do not deserve to be abused. If he felt your dog was a threat, he should have been moving very quickly in any direction away from your dog. It was on a leash and that would have solved his problem. Unless the dog had teeth in him, he had no right to stand there and kick it. He should have been HAPPY to see you so you could move the dog away from the area he was working. Folks that abuse animals are a very special twisted group of people. What a moron!
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
madconsumer and throwback +100
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
If the utiliies run through that back of the houses then all utilities employees and contractor have a legal right to enter your property anytime on the easement to perform service work. That's the fact Jack!
Venice09 on 2011-04-10:
Throwback, are you saying there is no way the tech could have avoided the dog?
momsey on 2011-04-10:
That's a big if, throwback. And if that was the case, there are clearly better ways to deal with such a situation.

By the way, I was bitten by a medium sized dog when I was 12. My husband was bitten by a big dog when he was a kid that resulted in stitches and a big nasty scar on his arm. Both of us love dogs and would never stomp on a dog.
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
Common sense dictates he should have knocked on your door and asked you to move the dog if it was an issue for him, or asked the neighbor to do so.
idontthinkso on 2011-04-10:
As a Service tech, I have seen and dealt with aggressive animals. As a Dog owner, and having known someone with an animal with SERIOUS aggressive tendencies, I know both sides of the issue. The simple fact is, without eyewitness accounts, this is all hearsay.

From the account given:
A)The dog was loudly protecting it's territory (Allowed unless a neighbor complains about excessive noise)
B)The Subcontractor was Trespassing (He might have had to work on a pole bordering/inside your property. He must obtain permission to even be in your airspace.)
C)You should have called the Police. (If you allow other people to make their judgments as they see fit, you have no leverage.)
D)Lawyer up. (Subcontractors limit liability and responsibility. They do not eliminate it. A threat of a lawsuit may very well get more results.)
alzabella on 2011-04-10:
First of all, we have an alley that runs down the back. The pole is in the alley next door. So the tech had no reason to be in my yard. All utility poles, boxes etc......are in the alley. I heard my dog barking out back and went to check, the man was walking toward my dog kicking at her. (she was barking as she was backing up) I then went out to ask him what in the world he thought he was doing, as I did he then stomped down on her several times. I walked up to my dog and gave her to my kids (who witnessed him pounding their dog)AFTER the dog was inside, I asked him his name and he ignored me and started up his ladder. (In the alley) I asked him his name again, he flew off the steps of the ladder, jerked off his ID from around his neck and threw it at me hitting me in the neck with it. He started screaming his name at me and told me worked for f***ing Charter. He screamed in my face to get my crazy ass back in the house. Yes, I can def see where they should have came and taken my dog and given the tech an award......Not!
Sparticus on 2011-04-10:
This guys has some serious anger management issues... probably related to why he abused your dog. He should not be working with people or animals.
trmn8r on 2011-04-10:
I was bitten by a 15 pound dog while standing 3 feet away from a heighbor's property just 3-1/2 weeks ago. $2400 bill, and I have a dandy of a scar. A 15 pound dog can do quite a bit of damage. A small dog can often be more aggressive than a large one.

The dog didn't stop at its property line when I was attacked. I am wondering if the dog in this case did.

Many people have been attacked by dogs. I discovered this while walking my dog in public, and finding people freeze as she approached them. Several told me their horror stories. Now I have my own. This neighbor told me I should have kicked his dog instead of letting my hand get involved. I'm not advocating what was reported to have happened in this complaint, just saying what happened.
alzabella on 2011-04-10:
I understand. In your case the dog came off the property. In my case the tech came ON my property. Her chain doesn't even reach the alley he was in. Why would I let It?? So its not that the dog didn't stop at the property line, its that the tech came on my property to the dog.
Anonymous on 2011-04-10:
Oh, if I saw someone kicking and stomping on MY dog, I would have gone out there and started kicking and stomping at the tech, calling the police, and pressing charges for animal cruelty and destruction of my property!
old fart on 2011-04-10:
In my youth I was a door to door milkman.... I have been bitten more times than I care to count.
The owners always said "he don't bite!
Many times I threatened to shoot the SOB'S..
raven2010 on 2011-04-10:
I, too, would have called the cops.

What did the vet say? A dog who had just given birth then been kicked and stomped on must have had astronomical vet bills
DebtorBasher on 2011-04-10:
It takes time for a company to investigate alligations when a complaint is made. It could in fact, take several weeks. Seeing him again, only three days after is too soon to determine that they weren't doing anything about it. Have you seen him since then? I know for a fact, they are not going to give any information on the outcome of any investigation.
Venice09 on 2011-04-11:
I was thinking that, too, DB. They can't just fire or discipline someone on the spot. It takes time to investigate. That's why I said if there are more complaints about this guy, something will have to be done about it sooner than later.
SteveWiginowski on 2011-04-11:
Did you take your dog to the vet to get him checked out? I don't know how big the man was who kicked and stomped on your dog, but since it was a 15 lb dog, I would think that there would be sort injuries to the dog. What did the vet say?
Umatter2Charter on 2011-04-11:

Hello alzabella,

My name is Seph Wahl, and I am a Communications Specialist with Charter. I'm very sorry to hear about the issues that you are having with the tech and getting a call back from someone. I would be happy to look into this with you and make certain that all of your concerns are addressed. Please e-mail us at Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com with the name, address, and phone number on the account, as well as the best number to reach you. Also, please put "CharterSeph: My3Cents" in the subject line, so I can watch for the e-mail. For additional information on the Charter Social Media team, please check us out at http://www.charter.com/Umatter2Charter

We look forward to helping you resolve your concerns.

Seph Wahl
Communications Specialist - Charter
http://www.charter.com/Umatter2Charter
Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com
I Like Cookies 2 on 2011-04-11:
Attacking your dog was uncalled for. He should be fired and charges should be brought against him.
Anonymous on 2011-04-11:
I agree cookie. A report should be made to whatever agency is in charge of animal welfare in your city and state OP, as well being reported to the police. Have you done a follow up with Charter Communications corporate office?
jktshff1 on 2011-04-11:
Thanks for providing the additional information.
A call to the police would have be in order.
It still may be so a report is available.
Small claims for the damages.
jktshff1 on 2011-04-11:
Do what ript said also
Venice09 on 2011-04-12:
Jkt, she did file a police report the day it happened. Smart move.
alzabella on 2011-04-12:
I got in touch with the CEO of Charter. He was VERY polite and took the report himself. I will keep you posted on what happens next. Thanks for all your thoughts and advice:)
Anonymous on 2013-07-11:
I am a contractor for Charter and have to access our utilities frequently in backyard easement. Although sometimes we do knock on doors for permission into the backyards, it is not required. By law, we are allowed into any yard in which the cable even hangs over if it is aerial or runs through if it is underground. We have a three foot (assuming there are no yard obstacles) allowance on the property/ sometimes 5 feet if it is a pole line. After reading this comments, I am really wondering why you never mentioned your dogs injuries in detail, yet bashed the contactractor so much. If he stomped your dog repeatedly, what happened to the dog? Maybe some exaggerations? Why go into detail about everything except what prompted you to complain in the first place? Plus, why would he "assault you with his badge"? Those are $50 to replace. You could have easily held onto that as some evidence. Did you keep it or give it back?
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Should Call It The Charter Bungle
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ST LOUIS, MISSOURI -- I finally decided to join the 21st century and get high speed internet service. Since my prior internet provider did not have high speed internet service in my area, I decided to go with my cable TV provider, Charter Communications. After all, they had made a major campaign in recent years about how they have improved their service. When I called, Charter, of course. pushed their Charter Bundle-providing internet, phone and TV service for a supposedly discounted price. Figuring that, although my phone service was adequate, this would simplify my life and maybe save a little money, I agreed.

The first surprise was that Charter required two visits, one for the internet/TV service and one for the phone. I should have cancelled at that time, but didn't. The first appointment was for between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Saturday. The service representative didn't arrive until about 6:00, but eventually got everything done.

The second Saturday(today), Charter was supposed to arrive between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Of course, the representative was late again. The first surprise was that they had to connect a phone jack to an internet cable. As many of these are on opposite sides of a doorway or opposite sides of a room where people could trip on the wire, it took awhile to find a relatively unused room to make the connection. After a long search, the installer found the telephone box in my basement, then informed me that my alarm system would have to be disconnected. It would require a third visit, this time from ADT, to reconnect the alarm. This would also result in an additional service charge from ADT. Enough was enough; I told the Charter Rep that I didn't want anything to do with Charter's phone service. It won't take much to convince me to dump these bozos from my TV and internet services.

The Charter Bungle wasted two Saturdays. Their reps showed up late both times, and the phone installation would have required major rewiring and deactivation of my alarm system, things of which I had not been previously informed. Dealing with Charter was a big mistake. Their service continues to be unacceptably poor. Stay away from them.
     
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Umatter2Charter on 2011-02-27:
Hello gary5231,

My name is Seph Wahl, and I am a Communications Specialist with Charter. I'm very sorry to hear about the issues that you are having with the installations. I would be happy to look into this with you and make certain that all of your concerns are addressed. Please e-mail us at Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com with the name, address, and phone number on the account, as well as the best number to reach you. Also, please put "CharterSeph: My3Cents" in the subject line, so I can watch for the e-mail.

We look forward to helping you resolve your concerns.

Seph Wahl
Communications Specialist - Charter
http://www.charter.com/Umatter2Charter
Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com
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WORST CABLE SERVER EVER/ HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE
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Charter is THE WORST service out there! Their customer service should be called "get customers outraged" They talk in circles and don't answer the questions you ask because they SUCK and they are just in business to screw every customer they acquire. I can not give a specific story because I have waaaaayyy too many to get into without my blood pressure rising dangerously high. However Saturday I spent the whole day moving came home and just wanted to watch a movie and relax so sure enough I turn the TV on and my HD channels are pausing every 60 seconds so against my better judgment because I don't think a heart attack at the age of 26 is necessary, I called charter to see if maybe, just maybe, they actually knew what they were doing and could fix something! But once again I was wrong they sent this signal to my box that just took the channels out completely, no picutre, no pausing, no nothing, just black and basically responding by saying oops! So we spoke to a very pleasant manager (she was clearly a faker) she sadi everything we wanted to hear, something we had never experienced with charter before, we informed her we were moving and wanted our cable shut off on Sept 28 and she said she would pro rate it until then and then credit us $50 for our trouble and not having cable Saturday night, then we could return the boxes that week of the 28th... Too good to be true was right! I came home tonight at 9:30 from another 16 hour day and just wanted to lay back relax and watch a show I DVR everyday, well god forbid I get a service I paid for. The HD box in the livingroom was completely out and when I turned the TV on it says "this box is not authorized" so I go into my spare room and hmm that one is working.. So once again I call my favorite company charter and they inform me that on Sat I set up a voluntary disconnect, I said I most certainly did not, explained the whole situation and then asked if I had "cancelled" why do I still have cable in my spare room, well I don't know was there reply.. So I said OK so reconnect it since I didn't do this, well ma'am we can't un-do a disconnect.... hmm OK really well then I'm not paying for this box then if I don't have service on it, and they say well you have to pay for it until you return it, you were just going to return it anyway she said to me!! The nerve of her "YES I was going to return it when it was comvenient for me AFTER I was finished moving which was the week of the 28th which is why I set the disconnect up for that date!! So another super manager gets on the phone with his genius self and says ma'am you have a disconnect date set up for the 22nd (tomorrow) So I said OK well explain to me why if you claim I have this disconnect date for tomorrow which isn't even the case THEN WHY IS MY CABLE OFF TODAY!!! "Well I don't know ma'am was the response I received" So I screamed "WELL APPARENTLY YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT INCORRECTLY SHUT OFF PEOPLES CABLE and you can't turn it back on ! So they say well will you be transferring your service when you move?? I lost in slammed the phone down and came to the computer to finally complain!!!! I HATE THIS COMPANY, THE SERVICE, THE CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! EVERYTHING THEY SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS...... BRING ON COMCAST, CHICOPEE SHOULD NOT HAVE A CRAPPY CABLE MONOPOLY!!!
     
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Anonymous on 2009-09-22:
Screaming and slamming the phone down really helps doesn't it.
Fufu487 on 2009-09-22:
hmm yes yelling always fixes problems....... and that last manager you spoke to seems to have sure taken some abuse.
Anonymous on 2009-09-22:
You know, they're just going based on what their screen tells them. Yelling and screaming at the csr and manager isn't going to get your way.
Ever thought about anger management classes?
Anonymous on 2009-09-22:
You say: "they SUCK and they are just in business to screw every customer they acquire." Yeah, right.
old fart on 2009-09-22:
I just had an excellent experience with Charter because my phone box got water saturated.. the service man went through the entire system, changed all the connectors and had the installation crew come out to replace and rebury the entire outside cable..
They went far and beyond the call of duty!!!maybe because I politely requested the service and treated the installers like human beings who just had a job to do....

A little respect goes a LONG way...
Anonymous on 2009-09-22:
Sounds like horrible customer to me, not horrible customer service.
Umatter2Charter on 2009-10-05:
Good afternoon, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. My name is George and I'm a social media specialist for Charter. Please email me at umatter2charter@chartercom.com so we can take a look at your account and get everything corrected for you. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Charter has the worst customer service in the history of the world
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MICHIGAN -- I have been a charter customer for 2-1/2 years. It started with the phone being disconnected. 3 days after I started my service. They turned it back on 3 days later. And "accidentally" disconnected it again the next week. And again, took 3 days to turn it back on. It lasted another week before they did it again - all of this before I had even received a bill. When I called the 3rd time the operator said "I'm sorry Ma'am, but you don't sound like a Nathan to me" then asked for the security code from my bill to access my account. I told them I had not received a bill yet - they told me that it was mailed that day and that once I received it I could call back to complain that they had turned off my phone. I asked to speak with a supervisor and was told he didn't have one - apparently the President answers the phones at Charter. Then he hung up on me. I called back and was again "disconnected". I should have cancelled the service then. Instead I tried to add internet 2 months later. They sent a technician who couldn't figure out how to install it. Then they charged me for a technician visit. And for a month of internet service. When I called to complain, they scheduled another installation. Same problem, still no internet, still got billed for it. They managed to bill me for $75 in service calls and $150 for service to not give me internet service. When my introductory rates expired my bill skyrocketed - which I expected. So I called to downgrade some services, I really only had the 5 MB internet and movie channels because they were free for the year. They explained that if I cancel or downgrade ANY service they would charge me more. I called 8 times before a representative actually agreed to downgrade my service (at this point I had paid another 2 months for service I didn't want). My 9th call I told them I wanted to cancel the service. They explained that they have a "retention" department for that - instead of fixing the problem, they create a new department. The retention department guy (Henry) was very helpful. He downgraded my service, told me that my new bill would be for $124 instead of $190, and apologized for the inconvenience. I returned an extra cable box myself at his suggestion to save a $37 service call to come and get it. I was so happy. Until I got my next bill. For more than $200. Because I got charged for all the movie channels that I cancelled. And the $37 service charge that didn't happen. And a $20 "downgrade" fee. They explained to me that if they don't charge these fees, they won't be able to charge me as much money. Again, I asked for a supervisor, again there isn't one. Then they hung up. I tried live chat, they cancel the session. I finally got a supervisor at Live Chat and requested the contact info for the corporate offices - she gave me a number that goes to a switchboard that requires an extension to get through to anyone. She says she doesn't know the extension. She says to leave a message in the general mailbox and someone will call me back. I ask her for her contact information, in case I have problems getting someone to call me back - she tells me she doesn't know HER OWN contact information either. I asked her, since it took 9 calls to downgrade my service, how many calls it takes to cancel service. "It's hard to estimate how many calls it could take to cancel service.".

Charter Communication has the worst customer service department in the history of the world. They are rude, unprofessional, they lie, they delay, they hang up, and no one speaks English. The customer service reps don't seem to know ANYTHING about their customers or their service. Their supervisors don't seem to know anything about their staff, which is OK since they also don't care. And it is almost impossible to reach anyone outside of their customer service grid of incompetence and lies. I will continue to call the corporate number every day, over and over, and dial random extension numbers until someone answers the phone. Even after I cancel the service.
     
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Umatter2Charter on 2009-06-21:
I am sorry you are having so many issues with Charter. My name is George, and I am a Communications Specialist with Charter Communications. We would definitely like to resolve any issues you are having.

Please e-mail us at Umatter2Charter@chartercom.com. Thanks, George.
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