More Customer Non-Service

Consumers—equipped with video and audio recording devices and sites to place said media—are putting customer service reps and the companies they work for on notice. Last week we shared the AOL customer service debacle. Now, there’s another sickening display of incompetence at which one may only marvel.
According to the New York Times:

Two weeks ago, a Comcast repairman in Washington fell asleep in a customer’s home. The customer, Brian Finkelstein, a student at Georgetown Law School, took the incident to the Internet. He shot a video of the repairman sacked out in his couch and posted it on The video is one of several recent examples of angered customers taping their interactions with customer service, then putting the experience online.
The Comcast video, in particular, struck a nerve. In it, the repairman, in a red golf shirt and short pants, has his head back in full snore and a laptop perched on his knee. Mr. Finkelstein sprinkled in sarcastic barbs at Comcast with slides “thanking” the company for two broken routers, high prices and missed appointments. A drowsy rock ballad by Eels, “I Need Some Sleep,” accompanies the one-minute video.
Not surprisingly, the video, which Mr. Finkelstein says has been viewed by about 200,000 people, is now causing Comcast to lose sleep. A spokeswoman, Beth Bacha, said the repairman no longer worked for the company, which has “reached out to the customer to apologize for his unsatisfactory experience.” Indeed, Mr. Finkelstein said that after he posted the video, he got a call from a regional vice president at Comcast and, a day later, “a team of Comcast guys” worked for five hours to fix his Internet connection.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Here are some ways for Comcast to spin things:
    1. Worker suffers from narcolepsy, and actually demonstrates Comcast’s commitment to hiring people with disabilities.
    2. Worker symbolizes Comcast’s guarantee to be on call 24/7.
    3. New tagline: Relax, you’ve got Comcast.
    4. Comcast workers are not just professionals, they’re part of your family. You’ll feel so comfortable, you’ll want them to spend the night.
    5. It’s all part of Comcast’s “Don’t Sleep On These Deals” promotion.
    6. Comcast technicians will work to the point of exhaustion — just for you!
    7. “Technician” was actually sent by DirecTV as an underhanded tactic to discredit Comcast.
    8. The dude was just attempting desperate measures to get a tryout on the Georgetown Hoyas.