No Thanks to Toronto’s Crystal Bath

Hi all! I hope that all of you who were celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend had a fantastic time!  There is nothing better than spending time with family and loved ones, while stuffing your bellies with great food.

Although most of you were giving thanks this past Friday, mine was spent dealing with an unbelievable headache!  I have never in my life experienced such poor customer service . . .

As some of you may or may not know, I am a starving Interior Designer by trade.  My current project is a bathroom remodel that I am doing in my childhood home. (I will post pictures as soon as it is complete.)  The supplier for the floor and vanity is a company located in east end Toronto, called Crystal Bath, located at 2839 Kingston Rd.  I can’t even tell you why things went sour, but what happened on Friday when we went to pick up our product, was surreal.

The owners of the company, at some point, decided that we were “difficult” customers, and took the route of treating us like criminals.  When I asked where all the animosity was coming from, I was told that we asked too many questions.  I have worked in the customer service industry for my entire working career, and I have NEVER penalized a customer for “asking too many questions.”  Isn’t that the whole point of customer service?  Especially when the customer is paying over $ 4000 for their product?

The owner took the initial measurements for the vanity, which was wrong, as she took them before the bathroom was even demolished.  So to avoid them being built at the wrong size, I called to correct her.  When our floor was going down, not only was the installer unprofessional by hitting on me, but he did a lazy job of installing the tile.  We have a very talented general contractor in our family, and even he said that the installer/company took the shortcut in installing the floor.  The threshold they sent was the most insignificant piece of marble I have ever seen, and when they were questioned about it, informed us that we had laid down the incorrect sub-floor.  But where was the information from them regarding the proper preparation for the floor?  There was none.  There were no specifications for anything.  They made no attempt at communicating with us about what was required on their end for the floor to go down correctly.  I have worked in the flooring industry, and we ALWAYS provided the customer with such information and specifics to avoid these problems.  But apparantly, it was our fault.

The kicker was picking up our vanity on Friday.  Not only did they refuse delivery, forcing us to take time out of our day, rent a truck and drive from the west end of  the city to  the east end, but they didn’t even communicate the final payment method.  All of a sudden our cheque wasn’t good enough anymore and she needed either a certified cheque, credit card or cash.  At this point we are in Scarborough with a rented truck and they won’t take our payment.  When we told her that a credit card was out of the question, she insulted us by insinuating that we didn’t have the money to pay and that our credit card was “antique”.  The tension could be cut  with a knife, and in an attempt to be diplomatic and open the dialogue to get to the source of the issue, I asked her what the problem was.  She ROLLED HER EYES AT ME, and basically told me that I know nothing because I worked for IKEA.  In addition, she interuppted me, yelled at me and spoke right over me, I couldn’t get a word in edge wise.  She spoke to me as though I were 12 years old.  I have never been so insulted as a customer, but also as a person.  Not only do I have more design education then her, but I have had other work experience than IKEA.  Let’s not even get into the fact that IKEA is a world reknowned company that makes more money when they’re closed than her dinky operation  . . .

My point is that I have never received such horrific customer service and in all my experience, I have never been witness to such appalling customer service.  This is the way they run their business.  I could not imagine ever treating our customers and clients this way.  I could not even imagine treating another human being this way.  How is it possible to make it in business by insulting your clients?  It makes my blood boil that she thinks this is the way to treat people.  It makes me even more angry that there are probably people who have received this kind of treatment and just accepted it.  It is not right and they need to know it.  I am writing this for all those living in Toronto, avoid Crystal Bath for your bathroom or kitchen renovations.  This company does not recognize the investment required to have these projects done and are not sensitive to the needs of their clients.  Clearly, in their eyes, there is a fine line between being a valued customer and a criminal.

I apologize if it seems I am ranting, but I had to get this off my chest.


7 thoughts on “No Thanks to Toronto’s Crystal Bath”

  1. If I was there you would have been telling our readers the story of how we had to sell our souls to Kanye West in order to bail me out of jail.

    I still say we should pooh on their doorstep. No room for confusion there.

  2. You’re probably wrong Elijah- I’m thinking they’d tell you the poo was the wrong color, and you should have done it 2 hours earlier.

    Dang, Veronica! I occasionally run into people like that, but it’s usually for a much lower price point. When it comes to paying good money, I only put up with that kind of treatment when they’re the ONLY ones with what I want. Good on ya for exposing them, though. “bathroom fixtures toronto” gets 590 searches monthly (estimated from Google AdWords). Might be worth a little keyword optimizing. You’re already above the fold on the first page of for “crystal bath toronto”. 😉
    .-= WordVixen´s last blog ..No, I’m Lucky! =-.

  3. I am speechless. Your economy must be very different in Toronto, because here every business wants customers and is working very hard to keep and please customers. This is an awful and scary story.I would have cancelled the order and walked away. I live in terror that any customer would write this kind of thing about my stores if one of my staff ever behaved in an unacceptable way.

  4. @ WV – The craziest part about it, is that we chose this company because she was a friend of a friend, thinking that it would make the process easier. Not only did that not happen, but I feel horrible for the friend that is now put in the middle. I just want people to be aware of what they could be dealing with by walking into that store. I feel terrible for all the other people this may have happened to.

    @Laurie – The economy’s not that much better, which is surprising. We considered canceling, but we had already paid half for the deposit . . . we would have lost money. I am the same way with customer feedback, I constantly fear disappointing or upsetting our clients. And even when I was working in the retail industry, it was my job to make sure the customers were happy. This company clearly believes that they are above everyone else.

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