Here's a story about a third party PR company (apparently consisting of one man) handling customer service which insults a customer seeking an ETA on a controller that he preordered after the delivery date was missed. To sum things up: Long version: [spoiler:4152c09744] The customer emails the company informing them that they missed their announced delivery date and asking for a date when it will be delivered, as he had preordered two Avenger N-Control controllers for xmas gifts. His first email got "Dec 17" as a response from Paul Christoforo, president and owner (presumably sole employee) of Ocean Marketing, to which the customer replied asking what that meant. Christoforo says they haven't shipped from China Customer asks if it will be delivered before Christmas and for an ETA Christoforo says "They are in the USA now in customs so its wither before or after Christmas. " Customer notes that a $10 discount is offered to new orders but not preorders and says he should just cancel and reorder to get it and asks about compatibility with Xtendplay Christoforo responds that it is compatible and says that if they catch anyone cancelling a preorder and reordering they will cancel the order. Compares the delay and preorder with preorders at GameStop and says the customer would never complain to a game developer. Says he should cancel since they need more units and Christoforo will ebay it. Ends email calling customer "Dave" "Dan". Customer CC's email chain to Kotaku, Penny Arcade and others and responds in a long, frustrated email. States that he can cancel the preorder and states that he will file a complaint about the service. Points out flaws in comparison. Lists all of the problems he's had with Christoforo and comments that his company should keep people in the loop and be friendly and reasonable with customers. Justifies why he can hold Christoforo's feet to the fire about missing their release date and not posting any update until a week after. P.S.es are insulting. Christoforo lists off his supposed industry contacts and says that no publication will care that he sent these emails to them. He insults the customer. Finally gives a good response about the situation and a ETA, says that both preorder and new customers will receive $10 off their next order. Insult customer, list's off gaming publications, retailers, and conventions, including PAX East, ends with an insult. Gabe (Mike Krahulik) notices PAX East and says he'll cancel the booth if he has one. Customer says that the controller is good for handicap gamers and not to cancel the booth over the pissing match. Christoforo insults Gabe, not recognizing his real name, and states that they won't be at PAX East because it's a nothing show. Gabe tells Christoforo his full name (which was his name listed on the email), tells him to Google him and says Christoforo will never have a booth at PAX. Christoforo insults Gabe, says he talked to the owner of PAX last year and goes on about his connections. Ends with an insult. Gabe: "I do run Pax, but I also run a website called penny arcade. It’s kinda popular." Christoforo: "Love penny Arcade !!" Gabe: "I’m glad you like it! You will be on it tomorrow " Christoforo: "Great !! Love PR" Christoforo tries to back peddle, having Googled Gabe's name, and tries to justify himself. Gabe: "Please remove me from this mailing list " Christoforo insults him and says his son could do better than Penny Arcade. [/spoiler:4152c09744] Short version: [spoiler:4152c09744] The customer emails the company informing them that they missed their announced delivery date and asking for a date when it will be delivered, as he had preordered two controllers for xmas gifts. His first email got "Dec 17" as a response After a request for a clarification is told that it will come either before or after xmas Customer points out a $10 discount on their website that applies to new orders but not preorders Cristoforo (customer service) then insults the customer and lists all of the conventions that he has booths at (including PAX East) Customer copies Penny Arcade, Kotaku and others in his response Gabe states that Cristoforo will never have a booth at PAX. [/spoiler:4152c09744] Penny Arcade and Kotaku both post the story on their websites and Kotaku then does a follow up story where they contact who they thought to be the head of marketing of the developer (Brandon Leidel) at an email address they had on hand. They get a response but it turns out that it was Christoforo using that email address and Leidel. Kotaku finds the guy on a steroids forum talking about using 'roids. After the story is posted and Leidel sees it he sends Kotaku an email informing them that he his company "fired" N-Control 8 months ago due to constant shipping delays and being associated with Cristoforo. Insults Cristoforo and says that they warned N-Control that this would happen. He says the only reason he chimed in was because Cristoforo impersonated him. Entertaining/interesting reads, I recommend reading all three articles. Full email chain: http://penny-arcade.com/resources/just-wow1.html Kotaku's Story: http://www.1up.com/news/ocean-marketing-penny-arcade-customer-service Kotaku's Followup: http://kotaku.com/5871400/cut-paul-...toforo-a-breakhe-probably-just-has-roid-rage/ Edited for clarity.