Complaints Caused by the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the outbreak of Covid-19 continues to spread, one-fifth of each country’s workforce could be off work sick. Inevitably these numbers are going to cause severe disruption to services across many different industries, causing a massive spike in complaints. But which industries are going to be affected the worst? And does Covid-19 jeopardize your right to complain? In this blog we first will list all coronavirus related complaints and give you advice how to complain in these surrealistic times.

A selection from the many complaints related with Covid-19

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ARCO Gas StationsCovid-19 ordinance
Domino’s Pizza
Worker not wearing Mask or Gloves
Hannaford Supermarkets
Refund was denied when cancelling my trip due to COVID19
Covid 19 protocol
Saying Delivered Not left due to Coronavirus
Cash App
Cash App Red Tape
Covid 19 store over crowded
Dunkin Donuts
owner and manager and co workers due to the coronavirus
I have not received my order of face masks
free meal for healthcare workers
Flight Cancelled issue for refund scam
Airline Ticket
No refund after cancelled flight
Full refund for covid 19 cancellation
Covid 19 mask and gloves
I ordered a mask on wish it’s supposed come yesterday
Domino’s Pizza
Not being Sanitary
Free Healthcare Worker and First Responder Meal
No free food for health care workers
RyanairCancelled Flight
Where are my goods
Haven’t received my order
Arco Gas Stations
Price Gougingdebit card charfs
Green Dot Bank
Stimulus check not deposited
Green Dot Bank
Card Hold
Little Caesars
My Pizzas Were Served to Me by an Employee with DIRTY HANDS
ARCO Gas Stations
Corona safety blooper
Covid19 scam
Social Distancing
Swoop Airlines
Change of flight dates
Domino’s Pizza
British Airways
Looted my money
Cancelled flight
Tesco I’ll person not be able to get delivery
Unhappy Customers
Direct Express
Unlawful withholding of federal benefits
L7 Village Market
Higher prices many things
DeFranco Pharmacy
Increase Price
HF Holidays
Not responding to my request for a refund on a holiday they cancelled
Stop & Shop
Not stocking goods
The Home Depot
Social distancing
Swiss Chalet
Domino’s Pizza
Older workers during coved 19
Swoop Airlines
Durning pandemic refusal to reimburse and are encouraging travel
Swoop Airlines
Confirmation O4VQQC, Flight cost refund due to Covid-19
Patel Brothers
Price increase on essential items during the COVID-19
RyanAirRyanair rooms cancellation waiting for refund
The White HouseWhat about me?
WalmartCovid 19
DHLCompromiseing Health safety
C-Town SupermarketsTaking advantage of pricing while we are in crisis
Bath Iron WorksCOVID-19 Providing Cleanliness to employees
Swoop AirlinesCancellation of flight due to Corona Virus
RyanAirTransfer my flight
RyanAirOpportunistic in crisis times
Southwest AirlinesFlight reimbursement or extending time allowed to use voucher
RyanAir –  Still allowed our flight to Lanzarote despite the company aware of lockdown

Travel Issues due Coronavirus

The one industry to be affected by an outbreak of this nature is travel. Many airlines have already halted flights to specific destinations, particularly in regions surrounding the epicenter of the epidemic in Hubei Province, China. In addition to China, there are more and more flight restrictions worldwide. Many holidays, flights, and hotel reservations are likely to be canceled at short notice, and in the case of less reputable providers, with no warning whatsoever.

Update: 28/03/2020: Many countries worldwide are in total lockdown. Most flights and therefore travel have been stopped.

Complaints have already started to surface regarding the way some airlines and travel insurance companies are operating in the wake of the outbreak. Some organizations are not honoring their own refund policies, whereas others are stepping back from liability, citing the virus as an act of god instead.

Flight refunds due Coronavirus

For those who bought their product or service using a different method there’s still plenty of options on offer. First of all, almost all airlines are refunding tickets purchased to destinations that are no longer being serviced or that have designated an “essential travel only” zone.

The key determinant will be when you booked your tickets (i.e., before you knew the risks associated with traveling to that destination).

It’s also worth checking with your travel insurance provider whether they provide cover for these types of instances. Some providers do, whereas others don’t. So make sure to check before launching a complaint.

For concerts, sporting fixtures, conferences, trade shows, and any other events, you should be automatically refunded back the value of the purchase to whichever payment method you used because they never took place.

Inhumane Treatment by Border Authorities

While this will undoubtedly fluctuate from country to country, some border security may take overzealous measures under pressure to be seen to be preventing the spread of the virus. Being detained for weeks at a time is now a real possibility if you’re suspected to be carrying the virus at any entry point.

In many instances, you may not be given a chance to prove that you don’t have the disease, especially in countries that don’t have sufficient testing kits, suffering mistreatment regardless. Again, this won’t be the case in all states, but those known for their robust border force agents will likely clamp down hard on any suspect travelers.

Poor Treatment from Local Authorities

With regards to treatment from border personnel, it’s generally accepted that foreign nationals visiting a country have a right to make contact with their local embassy when facing the threat of detention. Failure to allow a representative from your home jurisdiction to visit you may contravene international laws, potentially paving the way for legal action.

Coronavirus & Canceled Events 

Any event that has a large gathering of people is at high risk of being called off, either as a precaution or to comply with temporary government measures. Conferences, football matches, music concerts, and political rallies are vulnerable as the virus continues to spread.

There are a wide range of complaints that are likely to arise from this. Firstly, those who’ve bought tickets on the resale market may not have the same rights as those who bought them directly. Secondly, a lack of notice is likely to be the most significant cause for complaints, with international travel and hotel accommodation already booked for many concert and trade show attendees.

Price Gouging

This unfortunate practice is already underway in many countries, with Amazon already taking action to remove over one million fake or overpriced coronavirus-related products from its online marketplace.

Many governments have outlawed the practice, with some local authorities clamping down on face mask pricing in particular. Therefore, retailers undertaking these practices are not only going to cause an increase in complaints, but they’re also breaking the law.

If you’ve found yourself a victim of this unsavory practice, the first port of call should be to report them to your local authorities, particularly if the practice has been outlawed.

If no action is taken against the retailer in question, you could approach them directly with your complaint about the price you paid and see what their response is. If its a recognized chain, they may have a price-match promise in place, which gives you the option to find the same products for cheaper and request a refund for the difference.

Courier Delays

Speaking of Amazon, one of the industries yet to be affected, but likely to be in the future is logistics. If up to 20% of the population is struck down with Covid-19, then in some cases, customers may have to wait weeks for deliveries of online orders to arrive.

Having a package arrive later than it should is annoying enough, but the consequences for some individuals who are house-bound for one reason or another could be catastrophic. It’s likely that complaints will steadily increase, as workforces slim down during the peak of the virus.

What if my online purchase is not delivered due Coronavirus?

With regards to couriers and online retailers, each will have its cancellation and refund policy, which is enforceable by law, regardless of the coronavirus outbreak. Failure to comply could see you with grounds for legal action, which depending on the value of the items, might be worth pursuing.

What are Your Rights?

In the case of cancellations, it’s essential to know what your rights are as a consumer. While each country has its own laws to protect consumers, there are some general practices that you should be aware of, regardless of where you’re located.

Items Bought with a Credit Card

First of all, if an event, flight, or online order is canceled, you have a right to pursue a refund through your credit card as you can’t be charged for a product or service that you never received.

However, please note that if you choose not to receive a product or service bought with a credit card for fear of catching the virus (e.g., deliberately not taking a flight or not showing up to a concert) then you aren’t legally entitled to anything in compensation unless you have insurance that covers willful cancellation.

How to file a coronavirus Complaint? 

If you’re experiencing difficulties in either receiving a refund you’re entitled to, or a company or local authority has treated you poorly, an official complaint is the best method to seek redress.

After you’ve physically made notes of everything that’s happened, you need to write them up into an official complaint letter that can be delivered online in most instances.

It would be best if you kept all correspondence in writing. Remember, your issue will be just one of the thousands experienced during this period of uncertainty. By continuing all communication in writing, you have undeniable evidence of what parties have said in each exchange.

Besides going through official complaint procedures it’s best to resort to other methods to increase the number of eyeballs on your specific situation.

Here at Complain.Biz, we not only do we offer you the chance to get your complaint seen by thousands of other users, but we also contact the company/organization in question on your behalf to instigate action.

So, if you think a company has wronged you as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, get the attention your complaint deserves by filing it with us using the button below.