S.Larson has been sending me customer service notes from Citibank for decades. At first I didn’t give “S” a second thought. Just a random worker on an impersonal form letter…nothing to see here.
After several years, I began to wonder about “S.” This person, with the unchanging signature, was a long-time staple, handling my account for over a decade. What a good worker this person must be in order to have such longevity!
But then I had some questions:
- Was S.Larson a man or a woman? S/he was starting to resemble a gender-netural “Pat” like person in my mind.
- If S. Larson was with the company so long why did s/he have the same job for so many years? Surely if s/he was a good worker s/he would have been promoted by now. If s/he was a poor worker s/he would have either been demoted or let go. Did s/he like her position so much s/he wanted to do the same thing every day for so many years? That would get kinda boring for me.
- Wouldn’t s/he like a new signature stamp? I know I would get bored seeing the same thing every day. My handwriting’s changed in the past 20 years too.
- Why didn’t “S” want us to know his/her real name?
- How come “S” has been sending me letters for years but is never available for phone calls?
And here I thought we had a relationship.
Ok. So I’m slow. S. Larson is obviously not a real person.
Every other place I do business with has different people signing my notes and taking my calls, but “S” was like my own personal Customer Service rep. Except s/he wasn’t. “S” was a fake. In other words, my credit card company would rather have me deal with a non-existant person than a real live human being.
I don’t know what’s worse. Knowing there are people on the other end of the phone not picking up as I navigate a phone menu to nowhere, or knowing that my credit card company would rather use a ficticious customer service rep everyone knows is a fake, and not caring that we know.
We shouldn’t have so many questions about the people who are signing letters from our credit card company. We shouldn’t be curious or angry after receiving hearing from our customer service reps. We shouldn’t wonder why, after a couple of decades, Citibank is still using the same fake, anonymous, gender neutral person to answer our questions.
Frankly, S.Larson has me questioning Citibank’s customer service policies. It’s bad enough they have a recording call my house to tell me to hold the line for an important message and it’s bad enough they use fake supervisors when you call with questions, but isn’t it time Citibank gave up the S.Larson persona for good?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like not trusting my credit card company. If I’m getting a letter from someone named, “S.Larson” then, darnit, I want there to be a real “S.Larson.” I don’t want to be made to feel as if I’m such a bother that I’m not allowed to have the real name of the person responding to my inquiries.
Citibank has access to my entire credit history. They know when I’m purchasing everything from kid’s toys to underwear, yet I’m receiving mail from someone who isn’t real?
I trust Citibank with my personal information. Shouldn’t they be able to trust us with a name?