What a bunch of shits.
Really– shits, they are.
Chuck Stock, senior vice president of Integrated Services Inc. in Lafayette Hill, told CBS Philly’s Spike Eskin (who is fresh off a sword fight with Buzz Bissinger) about a little stunt the Washington Nationals ticket office pulled on his company.
Stock’s colleague, Kate McCorriston: [CBS Philly]
“We put an order in and a deposit on tickets [in December], and were guaranteed the tickets, got a signed contract. We were told that by January, we picked where we’d want to sit, but by the end of January we’d confirm where the seating was, and [the Nationals would] forward us the tickets,” Kate McCorriston, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at ISP Inc., said. “So we ordered a bus, put a deposit down on a bus, and notified employees to save the date, that we were going to the park on May 5th, to see the Phillies.”
Cool. Sounds fun.
But then came that whole take back the park thing, and the Nationals never followed up with ISP, despite the signed contract. So Stock and McCorriston called and emailed the Nationals several times with no luck.
Then, finally, in what may be the douchiest customer service response of all-time (if McCorriston is accurately relaying the message), the Nationals told Stock and McCorriston that they had to take back their park, like a bunch of hippie zealots who just looped Braveheart one too many times:
“This had been going on for two and a half weeks, and they finally just notified us and said ‘well sorry, we have to take back our park, you know, you can’t have the tickets, there aren’t any tickets left, and we’ll refund your deposit. That was it.”
So, yeah, not only are the Nationals using this whole take back the park thing for some unfortunate PR, but, it seems, they’re also actively backing out on agreements that were made long in advance.
Like we told you before, this thing doesn’t actually have teeth, because, um, $15 tickets here, here, and here… but there comes a point when sticking by your guns becomes lunacy. The Nationals crossed over into the latter quite a while ago.
As for ISP, they’re stuck with a $400 bus deposit… but at least the Nationals were nice enough to refund their $200 ticket deposit.
Meanwhile, in doucheville, reader Adam sends along this photo from a Nats PR trinket… Bryce Harper… throwing… a knuckleball. Why?