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  1. I purchased a brown leather chair (£565) from Laura Ashley in March 14. Over the past few months patches are starting to appear on one of the arms. I emailed the customer service team attaching some photographs, they replied by saying if there was a defect within the leather it would have happened before this time. I asked could anyone come and take a look at it first before making this judgement as I can't exactly take the chair into the shop. They said I would have to get in touch with a furniture ombudsman as we both agree to disagree. I have been in touch with the ombudsman and they are now saying I will need to get a consumer facing report within 7 days otherwise they will close this matter. I am absolutely disgusted with this service, the chair was an expensive piece of furniture and is more of a show chair than one that gets used daily . I would be grateful for any advice on this matters.
  2. BOOKIES OFFERS ODDS ON WHO'LL BE CAUGHT ...........ON ASHLEY MADISON London 19TH august: Members of adultery website Ashley Madison will be shaking in their stockings after hackers reportedly released data containing their names and personal details. With cheating spouses on red alert, Paddy Power has opened up the betting on who might be nabbed for a naughty night under the sheets. The bookmaker offers 1/10 for a Premier League footballer to score an own goal and be named, while it's 1/4 for a MP, or a regal 5/6 for a mischievous member of the Royal Family. Paddy even gives 6/1 for a record number of divorces in the UK in 2015, while it's now 5/2 that Madison will hold its IPO in London this year. Paddy Power said: "I've honestly only just heard about this website but the snake is firmly out of the trousers on this one and millions could be caught up in the scandal." Who will be revealed? 1/10 A Premier League footballer 1/4 An MP 2/1 A Roman Catholic Cardinal 5/6 A member of the British royal family 7/1 A cast member of TOWIE Ashley Madison Fallout 6/1 2015 to break the record for highest number of UK divorces The bookmaker offers 1/10 for a Premier League footballer to score an own goal and be named, while it’s 1/4 for a MP, or a regal 5/6 for a mischievous member of the Royal Family. Paddy even gives 6/1 for a record number of divorces in the UK in 2015, while it’s now 5/2 that Madison will hold its IPO in London this year. Never mind that Ashley Madison didn't bother verifying email addresses, so the existence of someone's details in the database doesn't actually prove anything, eh? That means anyone could have created an account using the email address of a top footballer, politician or - yes - member of the Royal household. Paddy Power may be finding the situation funny, but just think of the potential human cost of a data breach like this. We shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions. Even if account details are genuine, their existence is no proof that someone had an affair behind their partner's back.
  3. On 28th October we ordered a bed for my elderly parents to sleep on over Christmas, also ordered a sofa and a chair. The delivery was confirmed for the 21st December (as per the online marketing). The store accidently cancelled the order and the first we knew about it was a call several weeks later by the delivery team to confirm a delivery date of 11th January. Too late to order elsewhere. After many hours and numerous calls and to Laura Ashley it has become apparent that they genuinely do not care less and have tried nothing to resolve the issue. I have even offered to collect the items but told that health and safety protocols prevent this. Any mention of compensation and they freeze. I am part of a process that is designed to frustrate you into submission by passing from pillar to post with the expectation that the customer will simply passively wait for paid for items (Circa £2000) to arrive at Laura Ashley’s convenience. In the meantime my elderly parents will have no option but to sadly spend Christmas with other family members. The Laura Ashley team and their customer help is as follows… Emma – Harlow store manager; No courtesy call when the mistake was made. Does not know the title of the customer service person dealing with my complaint or anyone to escalate with. No follow up to my complaint. Jason – Regional Director; informed of mistake and complaint, no courtesy call and no help to resolve. Matthew – Customer service team; told me calls were recorded this was later contradicted by customer relations. Repeatedly informed me of the process and protocol and lied about the actual reason for another order number creation. Told protocol was not followed when I left a message for him to call. Nikki – Customer relations management team; gave me her direct line, never returned 6 calls from me or the store. When asked what she would do in my situation she said she was unable to respond ‘computer says no’ Mandy - Customer relations management team leader; not in, unavailable for escalation Helen – Head of Customer relations - not in, unavailable for escalation Kwan – CEO, not able to address correspondence directly to him as they are not allowed to give out any contact details. When asked if I can escalate beyond the 1 customer relations team member I was informed that the rest of the senior team worked in another office and they do not accept phone calls. I informed Nikki that I was going to present my experience on the sites below; she couldn’t even repeat exactly what I had said. • Consumer Action Group • Ciao • Trust Pilot • Review Centre • Mary Portas secret shopper
  4. Ordered a sofa in Reading in Dec11. After 10 months, three sofas (2 badly made and one the wrong size), 2 inspections of the faulty sofas (both agreed with us), 5 days off work waiting on deliveries/collections/inspections and endless chasing of 'customer services' - we gave up and asked for a refund. Which we got. No interest on our money and the compensation offered was £30 - in LA vouchers. I rejected that and the 'customer service' person withdrew the 'offer' immediately. Rude, no empathy and rigid process. Could not care less about the customer. Emailed the Chief Executive (to ask for a view on the standard of product and customer service we experienced). Got a reply from the customer relations manager - useless. I don't think LA care about their customers. I will never use them again and I caution anyone else to expect poor product & service.
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