Kroger Complaint - Denied $20 Discount
CARROLLTON, GEORGIA -- I recently received a mailing from Kroger Atlanta with a message from Bruce Lucia describing me as one of their very best customers and including a number of coupons “chosen especially for me”. One of these was a coupon that gave $20 off groceries for each new prescription brought to the Kroger pharmacy. What a contrast with the service I received at the Carrollton, GA Kroger store on 3/1/08 from Allyson Tant (Manager on Duty around 6:30 pm).
On Feb 29th I brought two prescriptions to the pharmacy along with the coupon which should have entitled me to two $20 off coupons for my next shopping trips. The woman who rang it up scanned it all correctly, noted on my coupon that I had used 2 of the 3 available offers for $20 each and informed me it would take about 20 minutes to load onto my Kroger card instead of giving me a gift card or paper coupon. I returned the next day under the assumption that I would have $20 available on my Kroger card to apply to my purchase. I spent about an hour shopping, totaled my purchase and was told by the cashier that nothing was coming up on my card. She called over the manager, Ms. Tant, who tried to call some office that was closed and then said I was basically out of luck, there was nothing she could do.
I explained that I would not have done a big shopping trip at Kroger that day had I not been told yesterday that I would have $20 available within 20 minutes and that this was clearly Kroger's error. The only solution she offered was to void my transaction (after I had spent an hour shopping!). When I said again that I thought it was very poor customer service to basically imply I was lying (I had my Kroger card and pharmacy coupon that had been noted on by the cashier yesterday and she could have just checked with the pharmacy!) and refuse to honor the $20. Her response was that she wouldn't know what to say to risk management. How about that you give good customer service?? At this point she just walked off. I was not given any information about how to redeem the $20, a customer service number to call or anything. I noticed as I was leaving that she was just leaning against the customer service desk with another employee pointing me out and glaring at me. Like I had done something wrong my asking for the discount they offered me!
It seems obvious to me that good customer service would simply have been to check with the pharmacy, confirm the prescriptions and err in the customer's favor. I am now out $20 I should have been able to save on these groceries, that counts for a lot for a family on a budget. I am usually happy with Kroger and feel the give me a good value, but I am now reluctant to return except that your store owes me $40 in groceries for the two prescriptions but I have no idea how to ever recover it because I no longer trust your company to give decent customer service. If Ms. Tant was giving the type of customer service they endorse than I will just shop elsewhere from now on.