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Monkey Doo, Monkey Poo

One of the functions of everybody that actually SELL stuff, is to handle the problems that are found by the unlucky customers. You know, when you get the box and it's actually empty, or the whatever you bought is missing parts, or is the wrong color, or there is no right color or what the fuck. That's "customer support" and is a gigantic pain in the ass. In order to tackle that monumental task, my company has a dedicated "customer support" department with about 20 peoples that share the load. And most of the work is done through the phone.

Yes, there is also mail, chat and whatnot, but the phone is the main way.

Enter $MonkeyPhone, our unwilling phone service provider.

Now, I have no idea who "found" $MonkeyPhone and why we ended up with a 5 years contract with them. As far as I understood they have always been crap. That immediately brought the question of WHY THE FUCK are we still using their services instead of moving to a new, better provider. Or on a different contract where we can kick their collective asses whenever they fuck up. That is every day.

I will not talk about the many trouble we have with them... not immediately, but I'll relay this simple tale.

One nice day, let's call it "Day X", one of the girl from Customer Service shows up at my desk complaining that her phone has "peoples" in it...

What I thought was (not necessarily in this order): 1. what size of bra does she wear? 2. how can se dress like that? It's freaking cold outside! 3. What the heck is she talking about???

Anyhow, I follow her and she show me the "peoples in the phone"... It turns out that the "normal" display of the phone should be like this:

But in her case it was like this:

Now, after scratching my head several times, I decided that this was something I had to ask to our infamous phone provider. First of all I checked and discovered that the phone seemed to function normally, we could call internal or external number and she could take call from outside, so it wasn't a "critical" situation... Just weird. I toke the picture above and mailed the "support" address asking WTF. Then I was busy with several other things and basically didn't checked out anymore for a couple of days.

After a couple of day, since I was walking through the department, I stopped asking what was the situation, and she reported that the phone still had "peoples" inside. And another phone nearby now had the same display... So it's spread to... That's not good.

A quick check in my mailbox told me that we didn't got anything back from the 'support', so it was time to grab the phone and call the provider. That was unreachable of course. A phone provider that you cannot call. Brilliant. After a dig in the docs, I discovered the mobile number of whoever passed for our "Relation Manager" that week and called that. And that too was unreachable. So I dropped yet another mail to all the mail address I could found and let everybody around know what I thought about $Monkey.

Fast forward to the next day, when I get a phone call on my mobile (note: not on the office phone, my PERSONAL phone) and it's our "customer manager" that want to let me know that she was very displeased that we had trouble and what can she do about it and then I cut her off and explain that she could start by reading my original mail and see what the heck is going on. After a couple of hours I get an "autoreply" that tells me that they have received my mail and a case number has bee assigned. Something sounds off and a quick check tells me that the case number is exactly the same that I have been given a couple of weeks before for a completely different problem. So either their "ticketing" system sucks or they are faking it.

After another couple of days, I get another phone call from the "customer manager" that claim they are investigating the problem with a "specialist", to which I comment that I thought that since they are a PHONE provider, they are supposed to already be "specialist" in phones and phone software, so why another specialist right now? The guy starts babbling nonsense and I cut it off quickly because I need to know if the 'specialist', whoever this is, have a clue about how to solve the problem, but apparently they claim they "haven't changed anything in their system" so it must be in my network.

Now, that could be, however the chances that 2 phones out of over 80 display something odd on their display and every other one doesn't, even the phones that are connected to the very same switch, make me think that the problem isn't network-related. And since my ability to do -anything- on the phone is limited to connect them to the network and reboot them, I strongly suspect that the problem is everywhere BUT in my network. So I suggest that the "specialist" start looking more "special".

Another couple of days passes. At this point we are Day X + 12, and as far as I can tell, nothing has been done to identify the problem, leave alone solving it. I start writing a mail explaining that this "modus operandi" is not acceptable and that I expect a lot better and faster responses since, like it or not, we FUCKING NEED THE FUCKING PHONES so we need them to FUCKING START TO FUCKING DO WHAT THE FUCK THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO... After writing for about half an hour I decide to remove most of the cursing. And then I realized I've removed about 90% of the content of the e-mail, so I start again. The resulting (tamed) mail is sent to $Monkey.

Surprisingly, nothing happens... Until a couple of days later, when I receive a phone call from our "customer manager" again.

Me - Whatsup?
CM - Hi, I am CM, I am your "customer manager".
Me - What happened to $othercustomermanager?
CM - Oh he is.. hemmm.. not here.
Me - Figures
CM - Sorry?
Me - What can I do for you?
CM - Oh, it's for your incident call.
Me - Yes, the Incident call that has the very same number of every other incident call I have and it is by now about half a month old. What about it?
CM - We found the problem!
MeThink - don't tell me...
CM - It was a weird configuration option $buzzword $buzzword $technobabble $technobabble $buzzword...
Me - Yeah ok, somebody screwed up something on your side methink: what about that "we didn't changed 'nuffin"? I already knew that, did you also fixed it?
CM - Oh yes, we fixed and I already checked with your user that the display now is normal.
Me - Oh great.
CM - We also update all the others configurations.
Me - ...was that necessary?
CM - Well, since we were at it...
Me - Right...
CM - However, to enable the changes the phone needs to be restarted.
Me - I expected that, we'll handle it phone by phone, since the phones actually work and we can't just reboot them willy-nilly...
CM - Oh, we can do it from remote, in fact we are already doing it.
Me - ...wait... what -DISCONNECTED

...and then the screaming start from the other floor...

Monkeys...

Davide
02/03/2018 12:29

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Tommy By Tommy - posted 02/03/2018 13:16

PERCHE' STRACAZZO continuamo ad usare i loro servizi

Di solito la risposta e': perche' costano poco.



Che non e' una motivazione valida, ma a quanto pare e' comunque molto gettonata.

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Tommy


Guido By Guido - posted 02/03/2018 15:07

Mi ricorda tanto il nostro hosting pampers: 

quando fanno i deploy (per fortuna in test) sbagliano sistematicamente a farli (non ho idea di cosa ca%%0 facciano ma l'ear e' corretto perche' se lo prendo e lo deployo su sviluppo funziona) e tutte le volte

a) lasciano sviluppo senza ripristinare la versione precedente

b) ti scrivono tutte le volte di fornire una versione funzionante

al che  tutte le volte mandargli il log del server di sviluppo (dove quell'ear si e' avviato) ricercare una loro vecchissima mail in cui dicevano che il problema X era colpa loro al che per "miracolo" riescono a deployare...

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Scimmia Anonima@ Guido By Scimmia Anonima - posted 03/03/2018 16:43

Da quello che dici mi rassicura che non parli di Pampers Italia. Sul sito italiano ci penso io a fare i deploy e non mi sono mai arrivate lamentele :D

Mi ricorda tanto il nostro hosting pampers: 

quando fanno i deploy (per fortuna in test) sbagliano sistematicamente a farli (non ho idea di cosa ca%%0 facciano ma l'ear e' corretto perche' se lo prendo e lo deployo su sviluppo funziona) e tutte le volte

a) lasciano sviluppo senza ripristinare la versione precedente

b) ti scrivono tutte le volte di fornire una versione funzionante

al che  tutte le volte mandargli il log del server di sviluppo (dove quell'ear si e' avviato) ricercare una loro vecchissima mail in cui dicevano che il problema X era colpa loro al che per "miracolo" riescono a deployare...

 

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Scimmia Anonima


Guido@ Scimmia Anonima By Guido - posted 05/03/2018 10:29

 

Da quello che dici mi rassicura che non parli di Pampers Italia. Sul sito italiano ci penso io a fare i deploy e non mi sono mai arrivate lamentele :D

Assolutamente no, li chiamo "hosting pampers" invece di "hosting partners" perche' avrebbero bisogno di un pannolone vista la quantita' di ca...te che fanno...

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who uses Debian learns Debian but who uses Slackware learns Linux


trekfan1 By trekfan1 - posted 12/03/2018 09:51

Me - Whatsup?

CM - Salve, sono CM il vostro 'responsabile di supporto' di $MonkeyPhone!

Me - Che e' successo a quell'altro?

CM - Oh, hemm... non e' qui.

Me - Ovvio che no.

 

Tradotto:

 

CM: E' stato licenziato

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trekfan1


Il solito anonimo codardo By Il solito anonimo codardo - posted 14/03/2018 10:18

Be', questo sarebbe davvero un motivo valido per cacciarli a scarpate lì dove non batte il sole, soprattutto se hanno fatto cadere di botto la chiamata importante di qualche mega direttore galattico...

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Il solito anonimo codardo


Anonymous coglions By Anonymous coglions - posted 17/03/2018 23:42

Posso sommessamente ed educatamente "protestare" perchè siamo alla fine di marzo e hai pubblicato solo una storia? Cioè una sola! Capisci, è cattiveria... non ce lo meritiamo, non è valido, nemmeno alla corte suprema dei diritti dell'uomo approverebbero un simile comportamento. Continua così e faccio un esposto alla corte dei conti. Oh, finalmente mi sono sfogato. Eccheccavolo

Ok, la smetto.

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Anonymous >coglions<


Anonymous coward By Anonymous coward - posted 26/03/2018 10:17

ok, ma era cosi' grave? Non il riavvio intendo, ma la iconcina.

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Anonymous coward


Let it Be By Let it Be - posted 24/04/2018 16:01

Quando le cose funzionano meglio non toccare niente.

Credo sia tra le prime tre regole che s'imparano in informatica.

Sei stato confuso dalla misura del reggiseno e volevi far bella figura!

:D

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Let it Be


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