/ Westway pre-paid entries expiring
Westway staff wouldn't reply to my emails when I finally managed to speak to someone on the phone I was told to forget about it. When I pointed out that no-one told me these would expire at some point, I was told to read their T&C's on the website (?!?), as if going on the climbing wall's website is the first thing anyone does when buying a pass there.
What annoys me is that A), no-one told me these would expire, B) the girl I spoke to on the phone was fairly unhelpful, C) no other climbing wall in London that I'm aware of has this sort of policy..
anyone else in a similar situation?
A quick view at their site brought up this page:
Which does say the pass only has a shelf life of 3 months (not helping I know).
Do they have a similar looking price board at the wall (with similar wording), or does it just tell you the price and sessions with nothing else printed?
Seem to recall having a similar problem with a 5 pre-paid climb pass which had one session left on it. Reception seemed to use their discretion and let me in. That said, I don't think there's a notice at reception setting out the expiry terms, and I don't think this was explained to me when I bought the pass. If anyone from Westway reads this forum you might like to give this some attention.
As for your own situation you might want to get some consumer advice to see if you have a case for a refund.
I'd have thought what it says on their website is irrelevant unless you bought them off the website. What matters is the information you could be reasonably expected to have at the point in time they take your money because that's when the contract was made.
Sounds like you might want to start quoting contract law at them. As I recall, for terms to be incorporated in a contract they usually have to be sufficiently clear and prominent at the point the contract is made. Eg. there was a case where someone bought a hotel room and then when he went up there there were a bunch of additional terms on the door - these weren't deemed to form part of the contract.
Where were you when you bought the passes? If you bought them online I'm not sure you have a leg to stand on. If you bought them at the counter at the Westway and they're quoting terms on their website then I'm not sure they can rely on them - you wouldn't have seen these terms at the time the contract was made (i.e. when you paid for the passes) so the terms aren't incorporated in the contract.
Usual disclaimers apply - I'm not a lawyer giving you legal advice, I'm just some guy off the internet trying to point you in the right direction. Might be worth you looking into.
I find the staff at Westway friendly & helpful, if treated in the same way; plus I'm a regular, so known to them. Why I say that is that I'd suggest you turn up and in as pleasant & reasonable a way as possible plead your case - ask to speak to the duty manager. Say it's a great place that you want to use a lot more, etc & don't get stroppy. It may work. Good luck.
However none of them were able to override the policy, un-expire my pass, offer even a partial refund etc - I was told to contact their Admin Manager, who wouldn't reply to my emails and basically treated me like a nuisance.
The Admin manager explained to me something along the lines of "you're getting such a fantastic deal with the 10 entries for 80 quid offer, that is why they expire, and by the way we don't want people buying this as it only causes trouble".
It's crap, in more ways than one.
If they give you a physical ticket you'd expect the expiry date to be on the ticket.
Unfortunately if they keep getting complaints because they find it difficult to administer they'll probably just stop doing them.
Agreed, be a big boy. Quit whining on here, and write to the Westway or go down.
The Pinnacle have an expiry but I think it's a year.
I think 2 years would be better, or offer different prices based on expiry dates, as the main reason I would buy these is to avoid the hassle of stopping to pay on each entry.
Strange response. A website frequented by fellow climbers who may get caught out by this seems a sensible thing to do.
Not that I was about to buy a 10 entry pass, but being informed of the attitude of a wall I may visit, good or bad, is always helpful.
State clearly that you are a long-standing customer of theirs and that you feel very hard done by.
That's cool, the point being surely, if you were told it would expire when you knew you weren't going to be around for a month, then you wouldn't have bought it in the first place.
Correct? In what way? If it's a contract issue (i.e. the terms of the contract were not stated), then I would have though the 'correct' procedure would have been to go see a lawyer.
I've seldom found that writing to management helps much, as the op explained, he already tried this with no success. Seems after posting on here he now has a result, so I'm not sure why this wasn't the 'correct' procedure.
Personally I'd still like to take it to a lawyer to test the contractual terms as stated, but then that's my choice, still I don't see how 'correct' comes into it?
In other words, they are sufficiently complacent about their monopoly in the west london climbing market not to worry that they're offering a worse product (in this respect) than any of their competitors. They're probably right: they won't lose a lot of custom because of said monopoly and the fact is this isn't a deal-breaker for most customers.
I still think 3 months is ridiculously short! And I am glad you pointed out the short expiry, as I wasn't aware of it and will now avoid this (as I only go once or twice a month- it's a trek).
To me the main issue is that it wasn't clearly explained when the OP made the initial purchase. Instead when he complained he was pointed to the web site for the terms. That seems to fail my understanding of contract law, but then I'm not a barrister :)
It's irritating to those customers who would buy multipacks just to avoid the hassle of conducting a transaction each time you go to the wall.
That said, there's an opportunity to use Paywave and the likes to set up the ability for registered members to simply "touch in" using their credit card, Oyster-style. I would quite like to see more of this in future in similar sorts of places.
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