Category Archives: WTF

@JollibeeDubai or Social Media handling gone wrong…

After having happily found out that Jollibee is opening in the Dubai Mall just yesterday and posting it here on the Blog I found today that Jollibee Dubai has as well a Twitter account already. Nothing amazing on that so far.

Looking a moment longer the second post they made had a picture which looked familiar. Double checking this I found out that they have simply stolen my picture from the Blog and posted it under their name without any cross reference. First Fail.

jollibeetwitterSo I decided to reply on their Tweet…

What would be the logical reaction on something like this? Apology? Personal Message?

  • No. Of course not. You just block the user that writes something you  do not like. Intelligent? Bright minded? rather no.  Failed again..

jollibeeblockIf the person handling their Twitter account would be working for me, he would be fired by now. That is censorship you would expect in North Korea but not from anybody else…

Aramex Shop and Ship or stupid is as stupid does…

I had once again ordered something  from the US via my Shop and Ship Account from Aramex. Where in general I had no problems in the past with Aramex they recently make me go crazy.

I had a package landed in the New York Mailbox on the 15th.

aramex1It reached the Dubai Hub on the 19th, so far so normal,

aramex2Another day later reaching Abu Dhabi…

aramex3Finding out the don’t know the address that I am using since a few years… Call me? Nope, lets send it back to Dubai… Suddenly the Delivery address is incomplete. The same address I am using on my Amazon account since years as well… At this stage I called them to ask if they are geniuses or completely stupid. They promised me the delivery the next day between 9 and 5. Perfect.

aramex4Next day, great news , status is out for delivery, can’t be too long until I have my new toy in my hand, brilliant. Or?

aramex5Unfortunately they tried a delivery way past the agreed time and they are not let through. Well, at least they know the location now…

aramex6the 23rd was a Friday, so of course nothing happend. on the 24th just before I wanted to call them a new status, out for delivery. Great. Or?

aramex7Well, again not exactly. Despite my family being home all day and having door bells on every floor they pretended to have tried it and nobody was home. Sure. I called them and asked why nobody tried at least to call me? No answer. They promised delivery the next day. Today. Great ! Or?

aramex8Today Aramex managed to send the package of which they know the destination already as somebody was supposedly here already back to Abu Dhabi. I called them and was still promised delivery today. Interesting. 2 hours after my call Aramex Mussafah has found out that my home is beyond their delivery area. The home that they have visited just yesterday but found nobody available to take the package from them! Seriously?  – I called them again to be told they will deliver it tomorrow… Sadly no really trustworthy statement.

aramex9Aramex managed to get a package from New York to the UAE within wtf4 days. But was unable for another 6 days to delivery it within the UAE. I am living literally 15 km away from the Aramex main hub at the Maktoum Airport….  Disappointing would be a very positive description of this ordeal.

For me the future is DHL, more expensive but in the past I had no problems, where Aramex seems to get worse by the month….

 

Update 26.01.15: They made the impossible possible and delivered it today!

Volvos Advertisement…

I have seen below with huge amusement.  A Guide to Breaking up with a German and fall in love with a swede. Seems the marketing forgot that Volvo is since 2010 is owned by Chinese Company Geely. How much swede is that?  Looking at the picture of the typical German it seems that is targeting an Audi. Does Volvo really believe they are in the same league?  A hilarious advert. Seems Volvo’s marketing team let the trainee do the job…

German

2015 will see higher tariffs for water and electricity in Abu Dhabi…

As per an announcement made by the Regulation and Supervision Bureau in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), people will be charged higher consumption charges starting January 1st 2015.

For water users, tariffs for expatriates living in flats will increase from Dh2.2 per 1,000 litres to Dh5.95 for those using up to 700 litres per day. There will be a cost reflective tariff for those using more than 700 litres a day.

Expatriates living in a villa will face the same rise from Dh2.2 to Dh5.95 per 1,000 litres but up to 5,000 litres per day. There will be a cost reflective tariff for those using more than 5,000 litres a day.

UAE nationals living in a flat or villa currently do not pay water charges. However, from January 1, those living in a flat will have to pay Dh1.7 per 1,000 litres up to 700 litres a day. For more than 700 litres of daily consumption, they will have to pay Dh1.89 per 1,000 litres.

Emiratis in villas will now pay Dh1.7 per 1,000 litres up to 7,000 litres a day. For more than 7,000 litres of daily consumption, they will have to pay Dh1.89 per 1,000 litres.

Under the new tariffs for electricity, expatriates living in a flat or a villa currently pay 15 fils for each kilowatt-hour (kWh). This will rise to 21 fils for those with a daily consumption of up to 20kWh. There will be a cost reflective tariff for those using more.

UAE nationals currently pay 5 fils for each kWh in a flat or villa. This will stay the same for residents in a flat using up to 30kWh but will marginally increase to 5.5 fils for those using more. Bills will also stay the same for those in a villa providing they use no more than 400 kWh a day. Those using more will have to pay 5.5 fils per kWh.

Seems Abu Dhabi is trying to adjust to the Dubai prices here. Bad News.

Etisalat lets you make calls to the past…

Ok , probably not really, but that is the only way you would be able to IMG_20141113_065222call a country that has stopped existing 25 years ago.

Seems the folks working down at Etisalat were not very often attending history lessens… If you work at Etisalat check this out and learn: (LINK)

The actual correct description for Germany would be The Federal Republic of Germany.

But thanks for giving me a laugh anyways.

Trying out Crazydeals.ae…

last week I had seen in an Facebook ad that Crazydeals.ae is offering the just launched BlackBerry Passport already with a relatively huge discount at a rate of 2499AED, The even bigger amazement on this was that it seemed the only store in the World taking an order for a white BlackBerry Passport!

So I placed the order, knowing that this is not going to happen anyways within an acceptable time frame, and waited…

A day after ordering I got a call telling me order will be dispatched within 3 days… That was a surprise already… I thought they would call me in tell me that the offer is wrong…

passportdeaklool

The next 3 days nothing has happened obviously. So I called for a follow up. At least this time I was told they have no stock yet and do not know exactly when it arrives. But I should not worry even during Eid they will do shipment on Sunday…

Having checked with a contact at BlackBerry Middle East there is no chance at this stage they will be able to deliver a white BlackBerry Passport anytime soon.  I got the black one anyways since some time so I am not in need for the white one, but it would have been cool.

Learning out of this:  If an offer is too good to be true (a unicorn phone that is not released already on a discounted price) than it is not true.

Crazydeals.ae should mention on their website that they have no stock of these items and delivery depends upon release and availability in the next 12 months…  The way they do it they make customers believe they actually have the items they are selling, which they don’t. I have luckily ordered cash on delivery so will have no running behind a refund here…thumbdown

I will certainly not try to order via crazydeals.ae again as the experience was rather bad…