A Bad Situation Turned Good
After the overly stressful day I had in cyberspace and in real life, I did not feel like cooking on Thursday. So, I ordered Chipotle for my husband and Noodles and Co. for myself. Noodles was great, as usual. Here's the email I ended up sending to Chipotle regarding my experience there...
I am extremely disappointed in the service I received at the Algonquin store this evening. My husband and I adore your burritos and chips and salsa, but after tonight's events, I may have to rethink my preferences. I placed an order online for pickup at 5:25pm. I arrived at the store at 5:27 pm (according to my watch). When I arrived, I went to the register and asked for my order. The cashier looked to the wall where the tickets were posted and called for another employee while they hurriedly made my order. When they bagged my food, they tried to ring up the order when I informed them that I had already paid when I ordered online. I then asked for the extra salsa that I had requested in the order and asked why the order wasn't ready when I arrived. They gave the excuse that they like to have it fresh and hot. While I appreciate their concern for the quality of the food, I informed them that the point of ordering ahead is for the food to be ready when the customer arrives. If I was concerned about how hot my food was, I would order it when I arrived at the store. I asked to speak with the manager. When the manager came out, he apologized but gave the same excuse about having the food hot and fresh. At this point, I had to ask twice more for my extra salsa. When they finally gave it to me, I left. When I arrived home and started to eat my chips and salsa. I noticed that the salsa tasted as though the tomatoes were rotten! This has to have been the worst experience I have ever had in one of your stores and I think it will be a long time before I set foot in it again. I work too hard for my money to throw it away on rotten food and terrible service.
Here's their reply...
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am sorry that your online order with our Algonquin restaurant on Thursday was not ready for you at the specified time. Online ordering is a convenient option designed for customers who would rather bypass the wait in line. Therefore, you should never have to wait for your order to be made upon arrival. I can also imagine your frustration with having our team make excuses for your order not being ready on time, along with having to request several times for your salsa. Additionally, our salsa should never taste rotten, as it is make fresh, twice daily. I will communicate these issues with the folks who oversee this location and make sure that our online orders are being completed by the designated time and that we are serving simply the freshest ingredients.
I would like redeem your order by sending you a couple free burrito cards and a free chip & guac card (good for salsa too). Simply send me your mailing address and I will get those out to you shortly. Rest assured, your feedback and satisfaction is important to us, and your next order will be top-notch!
Thanks for your patience.
See? That's how customer service is supposed to be! Some of the businesses we complain about here should take note.
Chipotle has not send me the promised cards. See my next review with this company.