I am more than happy to credit someone back for something that they weren't able to use. Especially if they call us when it happens. For example, guy knows he lost his phone somewhere, it's not stolen, it's just lost. No problem, we suspend the line to stop payment of his daily charge. He calls back a week later. I get the call for the week later (so, I know all of this from good notes and what he's telling me, these things are matching up). The computer took his money away from his balance. Not acceptable. He put in his effort to report the phone lost, suspend his account so he would not be charged and it did it anyways. I credited that back to him.
My issue with the prior examples of those women was this: just because you don't understand what is going on does not mean you get it for free. If you tell me you read your terms and conditions then you know what's going on.
If you were able to get away with free shit before, hey, guess what, you can't get it for free now. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but why do you think Alltel had to sell? because you had too much free shit.
I *don't* treat people like morons. I am probably one of the best people to work customer service because I will work with the customer, but they have to work with me. That means not talking to ME like I'm a moron first of all, that they are ENTITLED to free things. I will credit back people when, honestly, the rules say I shouldn't.
Want the best example of how I almost lost my job? I gave a woman $20 because she used a refill card to add a bundle to her acct. Guess what, the computer fucked it up. I was told by a supervisor to not credit. You know what I did...I gave her the freaking $20 to get that bundle back up and running. She got 15 free days because of that, because OUR system screwed up.
I'm sorry you feel that my skills are subpar or not in the interest of the customer. I know how I expect to be treated and how I treat others. And this is with courtesy and respect. I show absolute courtesy to EVERY customer that calls in. When the begin to treat me like I'm a moron and I don't know what I'm talking about, when I'm sitting there looking at there account and every little activity that has gone on with their account, then, NO, I won't be flexible. I will still show courtesy to that caller because that is good customer service, but I won't just let them scheme to get what they want. If they feel that our system is incorrect, they will have to show it to a store rep and get it fixed from the store. By having the rep call us and have is credit back whatever is due.
I don't just shut people down for no reason. As for the girl who said her phone didn't work (again, much activity for those days, must have been really hard to not use it that much) she was no more than 15 years old and seemed to expect just to have things returned to her because she was whatever her name was. The world does not work that way.
I don't know what happened with your and Virgin Mobile, but I myself know that large corporations tend to not have good service. When they do it's mind blowing and awesome. I try to be one of those reps who will provide excellent service and fully assess the account and credit back what is do. Again, if you work with me. You treat me with courtesy and I will definitely help you. If I say no the first time it may be because I haven't found something yet, or you haven't mentioned something yet, do not immediately start cursing me out because I said you couldn't have $.40 back.