You might have seen my tweet earlier this week: “This is the third time I’ve gone to do a mystery shop and the damn place has closed down.”
Someone promptly replied, saying that I should get paid nontheless.
And it’s fair enough. I DO still get paid my fee (or most of it. And if it were simply a straight shop with fee, as opposed to an assignment where the key draw is the generous reimbursements, I wouldn’t be missing out on anything).
But that’s not the point. On one level, it’s incredibly unprofessional of the companies involved. Seriously. Can you not keep up with which of your outlets are actually in business?
Secondly, these assignments are food and drink related. I’m actually not doing them for the money. That’s nice, but what I get out of it is a meal out and, basically, a free date night for the two of us. And although I try to schedule assignments that slot easily into my schedule (ie, I don’t have to go out of my way to do them), it doesn’t always happen. This time, we spent ages walking around trying to locate the place, only to find it closed.It was, cold, dark and I was still somewhat sick that week. Had I known ahead of time, I’d have gone home to bed instead! This meant we had to do something else about dinner, which I had not bargained for, and was a waste of time and gas (which at least the $15 fee makes up for).
Yes, I am aware that complaining about not getting $60 of free beer and food after all makes me an ass. But I’m a planner. And planners despise it when others’ failures derail their plans.
My new plan of attack is to actually call the outlet before leaving to check they’re actually open. You’d think I’d have thought of this before…but, what can I say? For a smart person, I’m not the quickest off the mark.