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John S.

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In-store in Lewes...

After asking to return just £10 worth of items that came out more expensive at the checkout than they were labelled, without blaming any individual for this (making sure to clarify this, as is considerate) and commenting that occasionally price labelling/ticketing is inconsistent and confusing (so you can expect to take £X amount of items to the checkout and be charged £Y, pretty much without fail) I was threatened with calling the police(!) and banned from the store!

My comments were absolutely mild mannered with no swearing or anything of the sort, not even raised voice! Absolutely revolting customer treatment; I have for many years enjoyed the ritual of popping by for bits and bobs since I was a little boy but I would never wish upon anybody the treatment I experienced for daring to make the most basic of requests. I suffered an anxiety attack at which point I refused to converse further with the clerk in question (whom wasn't even serving me at the checkout but another that felt it was appropriate to shout me down and explain how wrong I was, repeatedly blaming customers rather than the even remote possibility that items might be priced incorrectly, some of the time...).

Apparently it is customers' fault that items might be mislabelled because they get moved around (and not corrected by staff). Apparently it is customers' fault they do not "read price labels properly", even when the item descriptions regularly consist of obscure abbreviations and random strings of characters, so naturally you are only left with the quite logical deduction that the number on the label next to or on the item in question pertains to its price? I didn't even get to the point of citing consumer law but was just explaining why I got confused, because their pricing is inconsistent, jumbled and disorderly. Instead the very clear insinuation was that I was stupid and looking to cause trouble. I was told repeatedly I was just "on your high horse" with no contrition at all that perhaps my feedback was valuable. Extremely unfair as it was more reasonably the clerk that was exacerbating the situation by choosing to verbally harass me instead of simply listening and actioning my rights for a return. Without question my worst experience in a shop, store or establishment of any kind and absolutely shameful.

I will be investigating appropriate recourse for my experience and strongly recommend anyone to stay away, and certainly don't even dare to return anything under their *own* in-store policy, never mind consumer legislation! The chap in question was not wearing a name tag and it's impossible to get through to their customer service. They have also exploited a loophole on Facebook to remove reviews/recommendations by classifying it as a "Community" rather than a business. Such underhanded tactics are typically used to mask customer backlash. These fear-mongers will shout you out of the store, criminalise you and generally treat you like a piece of crap time-waster because for some bizarre reason they are offended by asking for a return.



As another review has said my experience Bark attracts low paying clients who will rarely if ever respond to offers you make. I would not give them any money again. Even a large agency for example would be better off pumping fun money into something like AdWords or Facebook than paying a premium for (not) pre-qualified leads which are really just people punching buttons to get something that possibly may want for a few quid. Not for professionals, and spammy solicitation approach to get providers on board to begin with, followed by a deluge of poorly filtered e-mails from fake "agents" trying to promote their (not your) skimming business.

Bark T. – Bark Rep

Hi there John,

We're sorry to hear that you did not find the kind of clientele you wished for on our platform.

We have made many changes and improvements to our platform since you last used us, and the majority of professionals across 8 countries now achieve a 1 in 5 conversion rate with us, so please email us at team@bark.com to hear more about how we can help your business.

Kind regards,

The Bark Team

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