Nedbank Sweet Service and Coco’s Sour Service Awards

The Sweet Service Award goes to Nedbank, and is nominated by Suzaan Groenewald of Batavia Boutique Hotel in Stellenbosch: On Friday, the 16th September at around 9 am I called the Nedbank Merchant center to enquire about getting a separate pinpad for my credit card machine. The call was answered immediately – I could not believe my luck that I was not put on hold at all! The lady on the other side was very friendly and helpful and got the order for the pinpad placed very quickly. I was very happy to hear that it is supplied at no extra charge! At 11 am the technician was at my hotel to install the pinpad! It was a wonderfully unexpected surprise to see him standing at the door within 2 hours of me calling! That is what I call great service”!

The Sour Service Award goes to Coco’s in Hermanus, and is also nominated by Suzaan Groenewald as follows: “Last Sunday, the 18th of September, me and my 2 sisters drove through to Hermanus to go see the whales. Well, apart from not seeing any whales, we had a very bad experience at Coco’s – formerly Cubana. We all ordered cocktails – from the very cryptic menu. On the cocktail menu there is no indication at any of the drinks of what alcohol is actually put in the cocktail. One is left to wonder what will come to the table. They can literally throw anything into the glass. The first round was ok. But then we ordered our food, ate and decided to order another cocktail for dessert. I order something called a Yama Mojo. The description said it was a “cranberry and strawberry fantasy”. It was no fantasy. It tasted awfully strong of Tequila and nothing else. I could not drink it, and did not want it. I called our waitress. She was not very helpful, left the drink sitting in front of me and called the manager. In walks a lady with a very bad replica of the South African flag sprayed onto the one side of her hair – the manager. She was very defensive from the get go, and after I asked her to take the drink away because it tasted disgusting and that  was not going to drink it, she told me that there was no tequila in it, I was mistaking the taste of ‘Vino Blanco’ and ‘Mojo Jojo’ for Tequila. She took the drink, turned around and walked away without any sign of an apology, not asking if I would like anything else in its place, and when the bill came it was still on there. I looked for the manager to ask to take it off the bill, but she was nowhere to be found. This was truly a SOUR experience and I will never go back to this restaurant”.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the website.

2 replies on “Nedbank Sweet Service and Coco’s Sour Service Awards”

  1. Sam says:

    Hi Chris, I couldn’t help but send your posting above to Cocos – (I myself am a big fan of their restaurant) and they sent me a very decent response which in fairness I think you should post. I’m impressed they took the time to draft this for me:

    Hi Samantha.
    Yes in deed, this does sound like a rather unpleasant experience and doesn’t
    begin to illustrate what we are about.

    I have spoken to the manageress on duty and taken corrective measures to
    ensure that patrons do not receive impolite attention from her again. As
    with so many instances in life it is more the method that counts when
    dealing with people and complaints. This was a small issue that could easily
    have been avoided had it been dealt with correctly. I truly apologies for my
    manageresses apparent disregard for your comfort and I hope that this
    manages to swing your view of my restaurant.

    To answer the rest.
    It is our policy that waiters do not remove complainant’s meals or drinks
    until the manager has spoken to the guests and seen the item for them

    Our cocktail menu is meant to be fun and quirky without being a longwinded
    book. We have however added a few more explanations to our descriptions as
    your complaint has indicated the need for this to be done.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and feel free to have a drink
    on me when we see you again.

    Ramon Celliers
    Senior manager

  2. Dear Sam

    This is a really exemplary response from Cocos. I will forward it to Suzaan. One wishes more businesses would be so mature about feedback.


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