Famous Last Words: The Raw Power of the Letter
HATCH: You received the money and returned it. Can't you find out what happened?
BANKER: This is not our fault. You have to go back and ask them.
HATCH: So you won't do anything to help me.
BANKER: This is their fault. Ask them.
I left the bank with a pain in my gut. Would I be unable to work for this client because TD Bank would not take the money?
Combating Poor Customer Service
Back home I composed a letter to Bharat B. Masrani, president and CEO of TD Bank Group in Portland, Maine. It was a formal complaint vs. TD Bank and the turkey who refused to help me. I recounted precisely what happened, including the exchange above. I assembled a fat packet of supporting documents and copied the six TD Bank executive vice presidents who were listed on the website.
I printed out the letter, attached all the exhibit documents and stuck the Post-It note (see mediaplayer at right) on the upper right of the letter to CEO Masrani. I then marched into the bank. The guy in question was with a customer, so I handed the letter to another officer who was playing with a customer's dog. I pointed to the officer who caused me the previous miseries and asked that the letter be handed to him. The doggie man nodded and I left.
This was fortuitous. Another officer saw the letter, and soon it would be the gossip of the branch.
Within a half hour, the branch manager called me from far out of town where she was on holiday and asked: "Did Mr. [NAME] call the bank's wire service department while you were sitting there?"
"He didn't call anybody."
"That's not right," she said. "I'll speak to him. Meanwhile, I'll be back in three days and will follow up on this and get you your money."