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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Past 72 Hrs of a Bad #CustomerExperience - Important reminder: The US Airways® debit card program is being discontinued - They Just aren't going to tell you WHEN!!!!!

Remember getting this BoA email a few days ago?
This is a reminder that we are discontinuing our debit card program with US Airways as of September 30, 2012. You can continue to use your card and earn Dividend Miles®1 until that time. You will receive your new Bank of America debit card in August.2 Be sure to activate it when you receive it. Activating your new debit card will not affect your ability to use your US Airways Debit Card through September 30 to continue to earn Dividend Miles. After September 30, only your new Bank of America debit card will work.
Well check your cards folks... BoA has started de-activating cards ahead of schedule "accidentally" and they cannot turn them back on. So needless to say, the last 72 hours, when I have all my bills on autopay with my BoA card, is a nightmare... because I dont even have my new card yet...... This is just bad, but at least the service representative in the #cctr offered that when I have to call to get my payment information updated, that I could Three-way BoA, and they can tell them it wasn't my fault.... another day... another poorly executed program roll out in the world of #custserv

Sunday, June 17, 2012

FUBAR – When Duct Tape and WD40 are not Enough - An open letter to US AIRWAYS

FUBAR – When Duct Tape and WD40 are not Enough
An open letter to US AIRWAYS
RE:  US Airways June 13, 2012 Flight 430

There comes a point when a plane is beyond gate repair, and this flight was one of those occasions. 
This was a flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas - On this plane for over 5 hours. 

Never mind that when I was trying to buy up to my preferred status during the scheduling process, there was no "grace period";
Never mind that the flight was delayed on my first segment;
Never mind that FLT430 was delayed because of mechanical reasons;
Never mind that in an effort to be transparent, the pilot scared the passengers, we had to let terrified people off the plane, and I had to sit next to a panic stricken woman holding her hand because she thought the engine, that had been worked on while we were on the plane, might fail while we were in the air;
Never mind that the bathroom in first class was inoperable. 


The Big IF…..
·         If the flight had been shorter
·         if we did not have to sit on the plane while they tried to fix the engine
·         if it hadn't have been a full flight
I may have been able to manage through the situation.  However, it was the longest most UNSANITARY conditions that I have ever experienced on flight in the developed world.  My boyfriend, who was traveling with me, a Captain in the Marine Corp, said it was the worst flight conditions he had ever experienced, and he fought in Iraq during Enduring Freedom. 

The reason why this is inexcusable is that US Air had every opportunity to change out the equipment, but in an effort to get that plane in the air, at any cost, US Air failed to provide a safe environment INSIDE the plane for the passengers.   I was totally disgusted, and unfortunately disappointed with US Air, and was further disgusted that there was no back up plan for the plane for this process, to ensure sanitary travel conditions in the event of water failure, like wet wipes. 

US Air had previous knowledge that the plane had no working water, and since we were stuck at the gate, and then on the tarmac, while they were trying to manually start the 2nd engine, the plane instead should have been swapped out, and at the very least, some wet wipes given to the flight attendants to put in the facilities.  

This is not the customer experience that I have come to expect from US Airways.  But I want to make one thing very clear, sometimes, a silo-ed approach to the cost analysis to swap out a plane, is not a good process to continue in the future.  The health and welfare of your passengers should always in your decision process.  Please advise of what will be the process improvement plan for this use case, as well as how US Airways is planning to compensate the passengers for failing to provide the minimum standard of care.
Tanya Anne Callaway

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Modern Day Castrato – Today’s GOP Men

Modern Day Castrato – Today’s GOP Men

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. – I Corinthians 13:1

For a while I have been silent, as I have watched so many things that were great vision become muddied and sad in the execution.  I have had a growing number of sleepless nights, and with a heavy heart, I write this plea to my fellow conservatives and moderates in the GOP. 

I am an American.  I am a born again Christian since I was child.  I have been a Republican as long as I can remember.  I am a fiscal conservative.  A Reagan Alumni.  I was one of the small group of people who were on the first Tea Party conference call.  So I want to be clear, that I am not speaking against any fellow Republican, but against the current temperature in the political atmosphere.

…and I am a woman...

I since I was very young studied opera, as a coloratura soprano, and the only way I hope I can break through to change to the dialogue is to provide an analogy that maybe the men can understand.   The way that the men are behaving as it relates to Women’s issues, is as if they would rather castrate themselves, to play a role that God, has no intention of them playing… The role of a woman.

By trying to be the voice of the conservative women, and having no compassion or charity, our men voices have become irritatingly high pitched and as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.  We have already abandoned the Reagan rule of 80%, and speaking ill of our fellow Republicans.  Now we attempt to castrate ourselves by speaking on behalf of women?  Let us not forget the 5W’s – When Women Work We Win.

We stand for FREEDOM.  Freedom to make a decision, Freedom to speak.  We even have the freedom to be an ignorant idiot.

But what I like most about America, is that we have the FREEDOM to SUCCEED and to WIN.
I don’t know about you, but I want to win in 2012.  So can we please put down the scalpels, and stop castrating ourselves and our mission?

You know we women know how to sing our own parts…. Can women have the freedom to be our own voice?

You men, modern day castrati, are singing in the wrong key! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Big 'ole Bubbles, in Our Economy and Our Memories...

Okay, I took a break from politics for a while, some might say I fell off the edge of the earth, but I must say something....

I am watching Face the Nation, and I am sick of folks saying how good it was during Clinton's years in the WH. We were all paper rich. We were all getting paid in options. Then I seem to recall a "little something" called the Telecom and Internet bomb. Stocks were inflated, people bought stuff against their portfolio, just like the real estate game, and then the bubble burst. Hourly margin calls, business models falling apart, layoffs by the thousands, and stock values tumbling. I lost a cool million from my portfolio in two days...

Lets stop talking about prosperity that was held together with soapy water, and full of hot air. Very much like the pundits and politicians I heard on the Sunday circuit today.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Friday, May 14, 2010

WSJ.com's Political Diary - How Scott Brown Changed Massachusetts

Two Party State

Massachusetts Democrats who thought the victory of Scott Brown in January was a fluke and represented no sign of a revived Republican Party in their state might want to think again.

This week saw a special election for the state senate seat that Mr. Brown gave up when he became a U.S. Senator. The suburban Boston district has been competitive, with Mr. Brown first winning it in a 2003 special election with only 51%.

This time it wasn't even close. GOP State Representative Richard Ross defeated Democrat Peter Smulowitz, an emergency-room physician, with 62% of the vote. Mr. Ross even won Needham, a liberal bastion in the district, by over 200 votes. "The Democratic machine is striking out in Massachusetts," claimed Jennifer Nassour, the state's GOP chairwoman.

Not quite. The highly competitive race for governor has seen Democratic Governor Deval Patrick rebound somewhat from his recent dismal poll numbers. He now leads Republican Charlie Baker, a protégé of former GOP Governor Bill Weld, and state Treasurer Tim Cahill, who left the Democratic Party to run as an independent last year. In a new Rasmussen poll, Mr. Patrick scores 45% support against 31% for his GOP opponent Mr. Baker.

But Mr. Patrick's improvement appears to be based largely on the faltering of Mr. Cahill, who has lately been the subject of GOP attack ads. Mr. Baker, a former health-care executive, is still having trouble putting together the coalition of economic and social conservatives that Mr. Brown assembled. Much of Mr. Cahill's 15% support in polls represents social conservatives who remain put off by Mr. Baker's failure to make overtures to them.

-- John Fund

WSJ.com's Political Diary - FAIR Tax vs OBAMACare

Show of Horrors

In the two special elections for the House being held next week, Democrats appear to have thrown in the towel in a Hawaii race where the presence of two Democrats on the ballot looks like it may hand the seat to a Republican.

But in the Pennsylvania coal-mining district once held by the late Jack Murtha, former Murtha aide Mark Critz appears to have made a comeback with a flurry of TV commercials accusing GOP businessman Tim Burns of wanting to raise taxes. A Democratic campaign committee ad accuses Mr. Burns of supporting "a 23% national sales tax" and "corporate tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas." The latest public poll shows Mr. Critz with a 45% to 40% lead.

Mr. Burns says his record has been distorted. He denies he wants to outsource jobs overseas. He also claims any quotes supporting a so-called FAIR tax reform were "taken out of context" and notes that Mr. Critz hasn't pointed out that advocates of a national sales tax want to completely replace the current federal income tax.

That may be, but Mr. Burns's plight shows just how tricky tax reform can be to raise in a hardscrabble blue-collar district where voters are deeply suspicious of change. Republicans have made progress in the race by calling for repeal of ObamaCare, which is viewed with hostility by many of the district's seniors. But the ads blasting Mr. Burns on a national sales tax have erased many of those gains.

Next week we will find out which set of attacks had the most resonance with voters and just how much the Obama health care bill will be a drag on Democratic prospects this fall.

-- John Fund