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Indie Excellence

Indie Excellence

5/27/19

So, I entered my book and it didn't win, nor was it a finalist. However, the insulting thing is that in one of my two categories, there were less finalists than in the other categories. This means that they could've celebrated my book but chose not to.

In fact, in some categories, there were no winners at all, much less finalists. In this day and age, people aren't writing and submitting unedited crap. I feel sincerely sorry for everyone who entered into a category that received no winners. You'd think an award contest would want to laud as many entrants as possible, so their deliberate exclusion is hurtful and inexplicable.

Somewhere on their site, they admit that they don't read all the books (which would be impossible, since they judge them all within two months of the entering deadline). My theory is that they research each book to see how much other praise each book has already garnered. This way, they don't have to do the actual work of judging. Because I'd wager you 10 to 1 that if I were to ask them now to discuss my book, they'd draw a blank. Or, more likely, they'd look it up and say, "Oh, right, we didn't like its cover." Or some similar drivel.

I will not be giving money to this contest in the future.

HealthGrades

HealthGrades

5/6/19

I left a rather angry 1-star review for a family member because I hate said family member. So then her business suffered, and she asked me to take the review down. I contacted the web site repeatedly because my log-in info kept not working; and even after I contacted them, they played clueless and dropped their efforts at removing the review I left. So now my sister's mad at me and asking me to make the review go away. What can I tell her? I've been trying to take it down for over a week. The site sent her an email saying they'd have to hear from me directly. Um, THEY HAVE HEARD FROM ME DIRECTLY. AGAIN AND AGAIN. I wouldn't bother using this site or trusting their reviews.

Johnson Animal Clinic

Johnson Animal Clinic

4/20/19

I went to see them today to discuss euthanizing my violent dog. It's a sad fact of life. The vet blamed me for not having tried hard enough. The vet asked if I know how to use internet, as if I'm a troglodyte, and I said yes; and she then slowly explained how to access a web site at www.all-one-word.com, and then click "contact" and fill out the form. Like I'm a big, fat, stupid idiot because I don't keep a cellphone with me. Call the Beverly Hillbillies! The vet had a bad, condescending and patronizing attitude that that was quite repugnant and disgusting. She must've eaten a bad clam. All the other vets I've ever seen at this place have been great, so I'm not sure what this alleged vet was doing there. Weekend vet? Perhaps. Not someone worth seeing. She shot down every suggestion I made as if I was offending her. (I suggested sedationary pills for the dog, taking the dog to the pound, and a few other things; and I swear, this so-called vet wanted to strangle me. Because I'm the bad guy, and it's all my fault. Too much hubris and ego. She kept telling me I'm a horrible person to want to do those things.) Yeah, I'd take my pets elsewhere. Vets who can't deal with real-life issues should stay home.

UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare

1/18/19

My doctor has been faxing and phoning my medicare part-D drug plan through united healthcare all week in an effort to get my drug's "prior authorization." (Prior authorization is a way the drug company can stall when it comes to paying for expensive drugs.) My doctor has been given the run-around and has gotten nowhere, so I called them, and they lied to me, saying they haven't heard from my doctor AT ALL, and that he must not be trying hard enough. I asked if the woman would testify to that in a court of law, and she laughed at me. This company has no morality, just a strong desire to save money at their clients' expense.

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

11/20/18

I love the concept of writing a novel in a month (and I'm well on my way), but the NaNoWriMo community is comprised of people with low morals and a vague sense of right and wrong. They produced a pep talk by an author who used the word "suck" ten times, and when a few of us complained, we were lynched by people who thought we were prudes. Even the moderators defended the trashy, no-class pep talk. Considering the work they do with kids, it was surprising they'd even think such a pep talk had merit. (It was all about how writing sucks--and that's not my word choice. I never use that word.)

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Indie Book Reviewers

Indie Book Reviewers

11/11/18

This web site promises a group of people will read your book, discuss it, and write independent reviews. But it's actually one person with multiple Goodreads accounts leaving different reviews. I figured this out because no reviews were left for me on Amazon (a web site that cracks down on this sort of thing), and all the Goodreads reviewers had private accounts where I couldn't get in to read their other reviews or see their profiles. I hired this web site several months ago and it was like pulling teeth to get them (I thought they were more than one person) to read and review my book already. When I threatened them with PayPal buyer protection, they (she) delivered. That was last May when my reviews showed up on Goodreads only. Yesterday, Goodreads presumably figured it out, because all the reviews from those allegedly different people disappeared at once. Hmm.

CVS

CVS

9/26/18

A week or so ago, I gave them a refill bottle for 10 mg of Ambien. A few days later, they gave me a prescription bottle with 5 mg of Ambien. They said, "You'd been taking 5 mg. Have you discussed this dosage change with your doctor?"

It's like, "Yeah, but I'm travelling internationally in a week, and I suspect I might have jet lag. Not that that should matter, because my refill bottle isn't outdated and should be valid."

"Well, we have to check it out. Ambien is a controlled substance and we need to make sure your doctor approves."

"Um, all you should need is my valid, unexpired refill bottle."

"Yes, we agree you gave us such a bottle. But we just need to do our due diligence."

"So you're going to harass my doctor, who doesn't deserve to be bothered over this, because you don't want to admit you screwed up my prescription?" I asked.

"We didn't make a mistake. We just need to do our due diligence and make sure your doctor approves this."

"Then why didn't you let me know instead of filling this 5 mg refill on file?"

"It was on file, because it's the dosage you've been taking for the past two months."

"Yes, but I didn't request a refill of 5 mg," I insisted.

This left off with them promising to call and badger my poor doctor the next morning, after which they'd call my dad's landline (I don't use a cell phone) first thing and let him know what my doctor said.

Two days passed, and I finally sent my dad down to the pharmacy to see what was going on. (There had been no promised phone call.) When my dad was there, they finally picked up the phone and called my doctor. I guess prior to that, they were hoping the problem would magically disappear. Then my dad brought home the original prescription I'd requested of 10 mg.

And now, my dad wants to know why I'm still mad. "They filled the prescription!"

"Yeah, after you went down there two days later and made them do what they promised to do!" I swore.

So, being about as angry as possible, I'm giving them a 1-star review.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless

7/6/18

This company doesn't know what they're doing or how they are (aren't) doing it. My mother had a stroke earlier this year and needed easy cell service. (Things went south with her other provider. A different story for a different day.) She asked me to register her phone and get it up and running. I had the SIM card number. I had the device number. I had a $25 refill card for funding. Their web site drove me bat-[bleep] crazy. I tried entering those first two numbers and the site insisted I buy a monthly plan. Why would I want a plan when Mother gave me a $25 refill card to get her started? Then the site froze. Then both customer service people (via online chat) said they couldn't help me if I was unable to give them an order number. (I doubt they'd have been able to help me anyway. They were completely clueless.) It was pure [bleep] to go through, and I've never experienced such ineptitude with a phone service. No, no, no.

Tip for consumers: Here's a tip: take it all back to the store before you've opened it or used it. Just trust me on this.

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Sitejabber

Sitejabber

5/18/18

Here's what sitejabber does:

1) Wait for a regular citizen (such as myself) to leave a poor review for a web site
2) Send an email to said web site saying, "You got a poor review. You'd better check it out! If you pay us $400, we'll start the process of ideally getting the poor review(s) removed.
3) My poor review disappears, except for when I'm logged in, thus giving me the illusion that people can see my review.
4) I complain to sitejabber, who acts all innocent and claims a glitch, and they put my review back up.
5) A day or so later, lo and behold, my review is gone again.

Tip for consumers: Don't let this site raise your blood pressure. Regardless of the "government grant," this site has one goal in mind: money. Honesty? Being able to speak up? Only if it pays.

GiftedGeorge.com

GiftedGeorge.com

5/1/18

This man is not psychic. He's more of a human magic-8 ball, only less accurate. Here's how you can tell--give him nothing to go on, and see what he comes up with. I suspect he's stealing lines from the "How to Pretend to be Psychic" handbook.

UPDATED TO ADD: Sitejabber contacted me and asked to see confirmation that I had, indeed, done business with Gifted George. I immediately sent them a screenshot of my eBay transaction. I am not a troll, meaning I wouldn't give Gifted George (or anyone) a poor review for no good reason.

Tip for consumers: Have some fun with him and give him nothing to go on. In other words, don't tell him your problems up front--he'll just tell you what you wish to hear. Just ask him to predict your future and watch him squirm.

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GoComics

GoComics

3/22/18

I created an account and commented about how Jump Start is the most preachy, heavy-handed, moralistic comic strip ever, and I wish it wasn't in my local paper! The comment was gone by the next day. I guess they have fragile egos over there...

Twitter

Twitter

1/6/18

I opened an account and tweeted (once). Five minutes later, I was locked out. All my tweet said was to vote for my Kindle Scout book. This web site is clearly dysfunctional.

Teavana

Teavana

11/22/17

I just bought two different loose teas at their store, but when I got home, I discovered that one of the teas had not been put into my bag. I immediately went to their website, hoping I could contact someone through the website. Their contact link doesn't work. It keeps giving error messages. I'm fairly certain it's on purpose, because even I know how to make an easy contact link on a website. It's not rocket science. Now, my only recourse will be to drive all the way back to the store (the thought of which I dread) or to fill out a credit card claim challenging the charge.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

11/22/17

I went to the Dairy Queen website and ordered a birthday cake. I was emailed a specific, priorly agreed upon time to pick up the cake--two days later at 2:00 PM. I showed up on that day, and they said they had not received my order. Not only that, they couldn't make the pretty cake for me that was pictured on their site.

Too many companies these days take online orders and then "pretend" they didn't receive the order. They they look at you, like, "Why were you stupid enough to order from us online instead of in person?" (They don't really say that, but you can tell they're thinking it.)

Contena

Contena

8/20/17

Is this company legit? They asked me to create an account, and then they said I was put on a waiting list. I have to wait to access the writing jobs they claim to offer? What if they're just taking my info (name, address, etc.) and selling it to people?

Tip for consumers: Don't sign up. It won't get you anywhere.

Lowe's

Lowe's

3/31/17

I bought a new oven at Lowes.com, after reading reviews and doing cost comparisons. The oven was on sale at a great price, with the promise of free home delivery and installation. On the delivery day, I received a phone call from an employee saying that they were on the way to my house. He then told me that he can't disconnect or reconnect a gas stove (which is the type we use). How is that free delivery and installation?! It worked out more-or-less OK. I cancelled the order and told him not to deliver it. Full refund. But still.

HomeDepot

HomeDepot

4/1/17

This website is very helpful. You can research items and see if they're in stock at your local store(s). Not only that, the site tells you specifically which aisle and bay the item is in. Considering how confusing their stores can be, nothing could be more helpful than that! They also have useful reviews for products and a question/answer team made up of those of us who've used and reviewed certain products.

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Amazon

Amazon

3/31/17

I like Amazon and I think it has a lot to offer. I've had some bad experiences there, but overall, the customer service is really good and helpful. I also love Amazon prime!! Absolutely love it.

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PayPal

PayPal

3/5/17

I encountered a website one night called usenet.nl, which claimed to have my book (that I wrote) available for free (bootleg) download. I joined the site for a free trial through my PayPal account. Twenty minutes later, I ascertained that usenet.nl did not have my book, nor anyone else's. I canceled my free membership (which was for seven days).

Since then, I have received threatening letters from usenet.nl's collections squad, saying they have the authority to extort money from me and that I did not pay them for the services provided and that I had better send them money right away. Let me be clear--I not only received emails, I also received snail mails. PayPal must have given them my home address.

I contacted PayPal about the issue, and they were obtuse. They acted like they didn't know what I was talking about, and asked if I was reporting an unauthorized charge. But according to the other reviews on here (particularly for usenet.nl), PayPal is not as stupid as all that.

Their loss.

Meg Has Earned 32 Votes

Meg K.'s review of HealthGrades earned 2 Very Helpful votes
Meg K.'s review of Sitejabber earned 10 Very Helpful votes
Meg K.'s review of Indie Excellence earned 4 Very Helpful votes
Meg K.'s review of CVS earned 5 Very Helpful votes
Meg K.'s review of Dairy Queen earned a Very Helpful vote
Meg K.'s review of Dairy Queen earned a Well Said vote
Meg K.'s review of Contena earned 3 Very Helpful votes
Meg K.'s review of Cricket Wireless earned a Very Helpful vote
Meg K.'s review of GiftedGeorge.com earned 2 Very Helpful votes
Meg K.'s review of GiftedGeorge.com earned a Funny vote
Meg K.'s review of PayPal earned 2 Very Helpful votes

Meg Has Received 3 Thank Yous

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THERESA R. thanked you for your review of Cricket Wireless

“I thought it was just me, but their service is awful!”

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J S. thanked you for your review of Sitejabber

“I had this problem 2. Companies are saying you can't leave bad reviews if you don't have a customer number. I chose to leave them somewhere else as well, adding information about their attempt to get bad reviews removed to inflate their ratings.”

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willie d. thanked you for your review of Sitejabber

“a goverment grant ?sleazy?dishonest? sounds about like our goverment , we are all just a bunch of drones and gerbils, hoping for a break we will never get . thanks.later meg i have to get back on my gerbil wheel . patrick”

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