Episode 8 - A Good Thing Gone Bad

May 19, 2024 by
Ebtihal Taha

So there I am, traveling abroad, needing to pay online using my card. Seems straightforward, right? But life loves throwing curveballs. Despite having enough funds, my transactions keep getting rejected. The vendor insists it's due to "insufficient funds," which just doesn't add up.

Feeling determined, I dial up HSBC's customer support, all while my roaming expenses pile up. The phone journey is a wild ride: "Press 1 for this, press 3 for that." Finally, after battling through this digital maze, I reach what I thought was my salvation. But guess what? "Sorry, call during working hours."

Imagine my frustration. Why couldn't they just say that from the start? And here's the kicker: HSBC doesn't offer 24/7 customer support. Now, thankfully, I wasn't stranded in a far-off land, but I couldn't shake off the thought of what could have been. Imagine being stuck with no options but a non-responsive card!

Now, I get it—security's a big deal. But let's talk balance, folks. A security feature's great, but if it stands between me and my legit transactions, we've got a problem.

What's more, my call, with its pricey roaming charges, ended up leading to zilch. Not even a hint of a solution. Instead, I was left with a pile of expenses and a head full of frustration.

This episode isn't just about my rant, though. It's a heads-up for businesses. Let's face it, communication matters. If you've got working hours or limitations, let your customers know upfront. No one likes surprises, especially when it comes to their money.

Takeaways for Businesses:

  1. Clear Talk: Keep it simple and transparent. If you've got rules, share 'em early. Don't keep customers guessing.
  2. Customer's Shoes: Imagine yourself in the customer's shoes. When things go haywire, is there a way out that doesn't cost them a fortune?
  3. Security + Sensibility: Security's important, but don't let it overshadow customer experience. Strike a balance.
  4. Support is King: Seriously, 24/7 customer support matters. When your customer's in a jam, they need a lifeline.

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