#JusJoJan Daily Prompt – Jan. 17th/17 – Complaint

Day 17 of Linda’s #JusJoJan challenge hosted most ably again by Shan Jeniah Check out her blog here.

The Just Jot It January 17th prompt, brought to you by  Willow, blogging at Willowdot21 is: “Complaint.” Use it any way you’re inspired to. And make sure you stop by and say hi to Willow as well! Here’s her blog:  https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Do you complain?

Have you ever made a complaint?

Or is it too much hassle, or far too embarrassing to raise an issue?

It’s funny, but here in the UK, I think we get plenty of people who are ready to complain about anything, from the weather to the state of the transport network, from the size of new chocolate bars to the current government.

But do they actually do anything?

It’s all well and good discussing what is is wrong with the world, and comparing gripes over a good old British cup of tea, but what about acting on it?

I know as one person you can’t often do much to change the big things, but you can act on smaller issues! So who knows? If there are enough of you who agree on something bigger, maybe you could stand up for what you believe in!

Little complaints can result in minor victories, like when we went out for a meal, and the food was atrocious. A few words in the servers ear, and we got a discounted bill and a free dessert!

Or when the TV bill was creeping up, Hubby Dearest calling and complaining that loyal customers weren’t rewarded, instead, he best deals went straight to new customers… after a little while, we were rewarded with 6 months discounted rates!

I have to say, personally, I find it hard to complain. I end up being the one apologetically pointing out the problem, with a “Sorry to have to tell you but…” and then ending with a “So sorry I bothered you…” I end up being a bit too compliant instead!

I know I am polite, but sometimes it really doesn’t help!

Last year, when we had HUGE issues with our Hotpoint appliances, Hubby Dearest was on a total mission to get our items either repaired, replaced or refunded. He is fantastic on the phone, and though it took a heck of a long time, during which he did the talking and I did the social media campaign, we got cheques through for the washing machine, and dryer, and also the previous dryer which had also been plagued with the same problems!

See, it can do good to complain!

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manyofus1980
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 15:14:57

    I rarely complain I am far too polite but maybe I need to start! I find I get taken advantage of way too much. xxx

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  2. New Journey
    Jan 18, 2017 @ 04:30:46

    I like to pick my battles…..but the little ones are the best, we were at a restaurant recently and the manager overheard me mention something was really salty….he took it off the bill and gave a % off….said he hoped we would come back….and was glad we were honest about the food…..generally not a complainer but when it needs to e done…yup I do it…LOL

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  3. Judy E Martin
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 20:35:33

    I am not one to complain much as I am also very apologetic about everything! However, sometimes if I get pushed over the edge then I will definitely complain,
    Having said that, Mr Grump gets a lot further than I do when he complains!!! 🙂

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  4. willowdot21
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 20:11:04

    I am like you Ritu I am always apologising even if I have to complain! I used to work on the customer services desk at a Waitrose and actually the code was the customer is right even when they are rude , nasty and wrong … the code was almost let me lay on the floor ,Sir/ madam while you alk al over me .. but it was fun too!! ❤ xxx

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  5. syl65
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 16:17:15

    I’m not a chronic complainer , which I cannot stand. Only when something really really gets on my nerves.

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  6. dornahainds
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 16:15:20

    Got love Free Speech and I am certain companies love u more when U give them good, if not great Free Press. 😉

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  7. Dan Antion
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 13:22:00

    I find it hard to complain, too. But, I do sometimes, and it works, sometimes. I have made the call to the cable folks.

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  8. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 11:40:21

    I complain when it is necessary and it usually does get positive results. Well done to you, Ritu, and also to Hubby Dearest.

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  9. jacquelineobyikocha
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 10:33:40

    Some people can weigh you down with incessant complaints that achieve nothing while constructive feedback or criticism as I call it can yield results.

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  10. Lucy Mitchell
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 09:06:45

    I never have the guts to complain but think I need to start getting some!

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  11. Erika Kind
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 08:52:42

    Hehe…. I think I am the same, unless the issue is really annoying (over time). But as you said there are so many people who are complaining and complaining – about things they cannot change anyway but also about those they could change but sit and wait until others do it for them. And then they blame them. That is what makes me much angrier… lol!

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  12. susieshy45
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 08:51:39

    Ritu,
    Complaints have often led to good outcomes. See the Freedom struggle of India or any other country for that matter which got freedom from colonisers. They all started as small complaints, come to think of it.
    Glad yours turned out with positive outcomes. On my side, I went too far with the complaining and then I became so dissatisfied with my job, that I ended up leaving the job. Who lost ? I guess in the eyes of the world, I am the loser but in my mind, I think I am a winner as I stood up for what was right.:)
    Susie

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