I have been a Wall Street Journal Subscriber for over 15 years in various places on the east coast of the US. I have always had either home or office delivery. Until I moved to western North Carolina, I had very few delivery problems. So I also had no real experience with their lack of customer service.
Because of heavy rains, wind and heacy dew here in the mountains the paper was being recieved wet and often unreadable. I requested and customer service agreed that the paper should simply be placed in a plastic bag as are many other papers that are delivered.
Our local newspaper that contracts for delivery is the Times in Hendersonville,NC. After not receiving the paper or not receiving it in plastic ("Bag paper daily" was now printed on the label sent to them by DOW Jones), I contacted the WSJ customer service. Even after escalation I received no improvement. In fact, the regional delivery coordinator actually told me that my carrier unfortunately does not really want the contract, so she has no leverage.
Now, to make the situation even less tolerable, Mr. Luftis from the local times began to call us. He informed me that; "He did not have to deliver my paper if he didn't want to!". and furthermore he said that; " No northern was going to tell him what to do!".
The paper refused to return my call. He then told the WSJ that he could not deliver my paper because of "obstructions or orther obstacles that prevent him from delivering a dry paper.". A lie. But it was, by the wording acceptable to use as their loophole in the contract allows.
I have photo which I p[rovided to customer service and also told them that I would provide affidavits if needed to show that delivery was safe and easy. I live on a paved road. We have a paved pull-off that the mail carrier uses to put mail in the box. The pull-off then leads across our driveway. No plantings, no obstructions. He was simply lying simply because he could and get away with it. Customer service was unable to correct the situation .
I have tried escalating the situation with little success both with in DOW Jones and The New York Times (The subsidiaries parent company). I have not received any response. In fact. now that Mr. Luftis and our local Times newspaper has gotten away with not delivering the WSJ, they now decided to refuse to deliver my paid subscription to The New York Times, home delivery.
Investors beware. Research has shown me that this is NOT an isolated incident but a growing problem throughout the US. I have spoken to readers in other counties Hendersonville, Brevard, etc. and other cities and states.
DO not subscribe, do not invest in any of these papers or their parent companies! Customer service drives a companies success and the companies do not provide any customer service!
New York Times - Worst Customer Service Ever
Wall Street Journal - Couldn't care Less about customer service
News Corp - The switch board wouldn't even connect me with anyone unless I had a name.
Bad comapnaies, bad customer service! NYT, WSJ
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