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Both my wife and I have called them a bunch of times over the past couple weeks (and left messages), because she has her eye on a particular Public bike and they seem to carry them. No response, no one ever answers during business hours or calls back. Anyone know what's up? I may have to make a trip over there just to see if anyone's alive. 

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I don't know if it's "unforgiveable", since people may have life circumstances that are beyond their control; again, we're talking about a small business here.  I will agree that unfortunately most businesses can't be saved once they've gone through a period of unreliability and damage to their reputation such as this.

I'll admit that it's poor that the owner's response to people who've left voice messages and sent e-mails that were unacknowledged was "just call or e-mail for an appointment." 

notoriousDUG said:

Not having your store front open because of staffing issues or personal emergencies is one thing but failing to return calls, and especially e-mails, is pretty much unforgivable for a business.  If there really is an issue so serious you cannot attend to your business properly it is quite easy to change your outgoing voice mail and set an auto-responder on your e-mail letting people know what is happening.

FWIW, Rapid Transit will happily work on your dutch bike. ;)

On the list of "unforgivable" sins on an interpersonal level this barely registers.

But in the reality of the business market personal feelings don't really matter.  We don't live in a world of "to each according to their needs" yet so if a business wants to succeed they need to position themselves in such a way as to not fail.  

Not to get all Ayn Rand over this -but unless you are lucky enough to be sitting on a TIF fund these kinds of business practices may very well be "unforgivable" within the current business cycle. 

To be honest, Copenhagen Cyclery had already lost my business a long time ago due to other poor service issues. The only reason I was going back was because I need Velorbis parts that I can only get through a Velorbis dealer. Luckly, the manufacturer is working with me directly.

To the original poster, I would encourage you to consider that before you purchase a Public. Even a dutch bike is going to need occasional parts and service eventually. Having the support of a reliable and trustworthy LBS (like, say, Boulevard Bikes) should be a major consideration when laying down money for a premium bike. I chose to buy from CC because I liked the Velorbis bikes better than the Pashleys, which was apparently a poor choice. 

On the topic of whether a foundering business should ask for help or pretend everything is just A-OK:

This was a very touching story...but maybe because i Love Pizza so much :)

That was a great story.  

h' said:

On the topic of whether a foundering business should ask for help or pretend everything is just A-OK:

+1  Sometimes you just have to ask the people most likely to care.

h' said:

On the topic of whether a foundering business should ask for help or pretend everything is just A-OK:

I walked by Copenhagen Cyclery this morning and they have returned to regular business hours courtesy of new employee Lew. 

Where can I see a copy of this "New Employee Law?" Does it force the business to have regular hours out of respect for the new employee's rights?

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