The next day the charge went through for $94.50. I was a little confused about the difference, so I waited a day, then called the company. I was talking with what I think was the office manager, and explained the situation. Her reply was that she had left me a voicemail explaining that their serviceman charged me the wrong rate ($85 per hour vs $90 per hour). I explained that nobody quoted me an hourly rate, and all I knew was that I owed the $89.25. That is what I signed for on the credit card slip. She seemed to get rather angry and tried to explain that their hourly rate hadn’t been $85 for a couple years and that I should have been charged $90.
At this point I was starting to get pretty angry as well. This business, which I felt was a local business, that we had dealt with in the past was being very aggressive over a $5 mistake that someone made. She eventually asked me if I wanted the $5.25 returned to my card, which I replied ‘yes’ to. As I was giving my credit card number to her, I was getting more and more incredulous over this. Credit card companies have agreements in place and they broke that by charging me more than the slip I signed said. I called them as a courtesy to fix the problem (and I was curious what happened). Instead they soured my experience over $5. Instead of calling them I could have called Mastercard and disputed the charge. This company would have had to then look up the slip and send it to Mastercard, and still would have had to refund me money (as well as incurring the dreaded chargeback).
In my mind, what should have happened is they apologize for the mistake, refund the money, and let me know that next time the hourly rate will be at least 90. I would have left happy, instead of angry and pissed off over a stupid $5.25 surcharge.
After the call ended, I checked my voicemail and there was a message letting me know that the serviceman had charged me the wrong rate and asked me to let them know if they could send the amended amount through on my credit card. They didn’t call back, didn’t wait for confirmation, and were combative about fixing their mistake. Terrible customer service.