I apologize in advance that this will be a long but this has been an excessively long & frustrating experience that has not yet finished. This starts with a copy of an email I sent to Lowe's Customer Service that summarized my experiences.
I am contacting you in reference to a totally unacceptable incident that happened with your Havertown, Pennsylvania store. This concerns my son's purchases. His name is Joseph L. and the phone # associated with his account is xxx-xxx-xxxx. Lowe's card # xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. We were told so many lies by so many different people in that store it seems to me that lying to the customer must be corporate policy.
On August 16, 2018, Joe purchased a washer & dryer online. He immediately called the store to schedule delivery and installation. The delivery was scheduled for August 20. When the items were delivered, my son was not present but my (adult) daughter and another adult were present. The delivery people informed my daughter that the proper parts had not been included with the delivery to complete the installation. The delivery people placed the washer & dryer in the basement and left. Later that day, Joe contacted the store and spoke with a manger who informed him that everything had been included with the washer and dryer and he (the manager) was unsure of what the problem was. After several calls back and forth the manager assured Joe that the washer and dryer would be hooked up on August 26.
In the meantime, on August 17, Joe ordered a suite of kitchen appliances (fridge, dishwasher & gas range). Your website listed the fridge and range as being in stock at the Havertown store. Due to a mix up at the bank, the charge did not go through on Joe's card so Joe and I went to the Havertown store on August 18 and ordered the appliances. We were told by the sales associate that the fridge and range were in stock but the dishwasher was not. Delivery and installation was scheduled for August 26 because of the dishwasher. Joe paid for this order in cash.
On August 26 the range and dishwasher arrived. When we asked the delivery people about the fridge, we were told there was no fridge with the order. Joe immediately called the store. He was told by a sales associate that the fridge was not in stock yet but would be delivered within 7 to 10 days. The delivery people installed the washer, dryer and range as requested. They advised us that all the parts necessary for hook up of the washer and dryer were already with the washer and dryer, they were unsure as to why the previous delivery people could not do the hook up.
On August 27th I contacted the Havertown store and spoke with Eric (appliance manager). Eric reviewed the notes on the case and apologized for the issues I was having. He (Eric) stated that it appeared that Joe had requested that the fridge be delivered on September 4. This was absolutely false. After several calls back and forth, Eric advised me that our fridge was in the Bensalem store. Eric told me that he would have the fridge delivered to the Havertown store on Wednesday (August 29) and sent out to us on Friday, August 31. Eric assured me that if there was any problem with this either Joe or I would be contacted. Eric advised me that he was not working on Friday (August 31) but he would leave this in the hands of the other manager.
When we did not hear anything about the delivery time, I contacted the delivery manager (Julius) on the morning of August 31. Julius advised me that no fridge was received from the Bensalem store and there was no delivery scheduled for Joe. After some checking, Julius assured me that there was a fridge on the truck that they were currently unloading. Julius assured me it would be delivered on September 1. He also offered a discount on the fridge. Since Joe paid cash for the fridge he (Joe) would have to go back to the store to receive his money. Julius advised me that Joe should receive a call no later than 9pm on August 31 advising him of a delivery window for September 1.
No one called Joe or I by 9pm on August 31, so I called the Havertown store and spoke with Joe (manager). After explaining the issue AGAIN, Joe (manager) looked into the notes and made a few calls. Joe (manager) promised me that the fridge would be delivered on September 1 most probably in the afternoon. Joe (manager) advised me that someone would call either me or my son, Joe, with a better delivery window after the delivery truck was loaded in the am.
It should be noted that Eric, Julius and Joe (manager) were very polite to me when on the phone. It should also be noted that Eric, Julius and all the people my son, Joe, spoke with prior to that lied to us repeatedly. I am expecting to spend another day waiting for a fridge that will not be showing up. I am expecting to spend another day calling the Havertown store to be lied to again about this fridge. As a matter of fact, I might just die of shock if that fridge shows up on September 1.
What we had to go thru was absolutely ridiculous. All any of these people had to do was tell us the truth - that the fridge was not available yet. We could have then made a decision to either go elsewhere or purchase another appliance suite. Lying with this consistancy tells me that the problem is systemic. It was not just 1 person who lied to us, it was pretty much everyone we talked to from the washer/dryer delivery people, to the in store sales people (more than 1), to the appliance manager to the delivery manager. The total lack of communication was also unacceptable and should be addressed.
BTW, the fridge in question is Item # 708951 Model # LSXS26386D, LG 26.1-cu ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Ice Maker and Door within Door. This fridge is still listed for sale on your website. Maybe you should post a warning that delivery will take 2-3 weeks.
9/1/18 850AM: I called the Havertown store again since no one called us this morning. I spoke with Tyrell who told me he was looking at my fridge. He could not give me a rough delivery window (either morning or afternoon). He promised me that as soon as the truck was fully loaded he would call dispatch and have them call with a delivery window. Not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
9/1/18 1234PM: Never received a call so still have no idea when this fridge is supposed to show up, if ever. I did get an email response from Lowes:
"Good Afternoon Mary,
Thank you for contacting Lowe's Customer Care. I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.
I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for you and your son. I have addressed this matter with senior store management at the Lowe's of Havertown, PA and you can expect a follow up from store management within the next 24 hours.
If you need additional assistance, please reply to this email and I will be happy to assist you.
Lowe's Customer Care"
9/1/18 143PM: Received a call from Frank, General manager of Havertown Lowe's. The total call was almost 20 minutes. After spending some time trying to convince me that no one lied to me. He did apologize for the lack of communication. Frank then told me that Bensalem never sent the fridge. (He never answered when I asked why Eric did not follow up). He could not explain why the initial sales associate told us the fridge was in stock. He could not explain why no one ever called us to explain issues with the order. His explanation for the the whole washer/dryer debacle was that they use a 3rd party delivery company. He assured me the fridge was being delivered today but since it was an add on item he could not give me a delivery window. This was totally unacceptable to me so he called the dispatch manager (Dave). While everyone knew the fridge was on the truck no one knew which truck. Frank wound up calling Julius (delivery manager). They figured out which truck it was on but then found out Julius never sent over some paperwork he was supposed to. Now comes the hard part, Dave was going to attempt to reach the truck driver to get a rough ETA and ask that the truck driver call us 30 minutes before the delivery. Frank was not confident this could be accomplished but told me he would call me back in about an hour or so.
9/1/18 407PM: Frank just called. Dave has called the delivery driver twice but the driver has not returned his call. Dave did leave messages that the driver should call us when they are 30 minutes away but, unless the driver calls Dave back, we have no way of knowing if he got the message. Bottom line for me is that I will have to sit here until it shows up. I have been here since about 815AM and they could deliver as late as 9PM.
On a side note, I found out that Lowe's discourages customers from tipping drivers and drivers are told they should not accept tips. My apologies to our previous delivery drivers since I let slip I tipped you guys.
9/1/18 945PM: When the fridge did not arrive by about 855pm and we had not heard anything, I called the Havertown Lowe's again. This time I talked with Howard (manager). After putting me on hold for 15 minutes (not an exaggeration), Howard asked me for a brief review of what was going on because he could not see a delivery for us anywhere in his system. I gave him a brief review and he said he would look into it and call me back.
When I did not hear back from Howard by 930PM I decided to head home (a 10 minute drive). On the way home I decided to call Howard. It was 939PM and I am pretty sure they close at 10PM. However, the message I got when I called was that the store was now closed and would reopen at 7AM.
9/1/18 1002PM: I sent Brittany an email with all the updates since my last email to her and included the following:
Unfortunately this situation has gone from bad to worse. Today I sat in that house from 815am to 930PM waiting for delivery drivers that never showed. Rather than rehash the story, I am just going to paste the updates I posted on my Facebook page to show you what has been going on. Two things need to happen immediately - 1. my fridge needs to be delivered to my house ASAP and 2. Someone needs to compensate my son for all this nonsense.
NOTE: The time is now 1002PM and I have still not received a return call from Howard. Frank may try to play this all off as miscommunication but I have clearly been lied to on more than 1 occasion.
9/1/18 1020PM: Howard just called me. This is what I emailed to Brittany:
It is 1017PM. Howard just called me back. He told me that my fridge went out for delivery today but obviously was not delivered. He also told me that the driver did not bring the truck back to the store. So now both the truck and my fridge are missing. Are you guys serious about this?