@Dano Not at all, the "you" at the end was not directed toward you, just meant generally, I apologize for that. I fully understand your position. I've offered only a few refunds after full removal is done, never a 50% refund. I was just thinking of one customer we experienced that we decided we were not going to touch their vehicle. We had a feeling he would try to claim we damaged the vehicle somehow. So the 50% idea came to me while I was responding.
I'll be the first to admit that I was buck wild back in the 90s. I'm not suggesting that I, he or anyone else should do that today. If his customer is going to leave a bad review anyway he may as well keep the money he earned.
I've been following this forum for years and know that you are very professional and don't doubt your acumen at all. I just can't see giving away my lunch moneyto a bully if it's not going to better my position in the public sphere. His customer is wanting to burn him not be reasonable. I do appreciate your perspective, that's why I asked. I'm not trying to ruffle your feathers, my apologies if it was recieved that way.
@Dano I suggested that only if he did not feel comfortable working on the customers vehicle. Say you have a feeling the customer is going to say you damaged something by removing the film. This way you skip the removal, offer 50% back to remedy the situation, and don't run the risk of it escalating due to false damage claims. You are still making decent profit at 50% since you should be profiting at least 80% on jobs. If you do the removal and full refund you just wasted the film, your initial time to install, and your time to remove...that equals zero profit with a lot of wasted time. If the customer is going to leave reviews, that is going to happen no matter the route you take so that doesn't matter. Just take care of your other customers, get them to write positive reviews so that a couple of negatives have no real impact. If you end up acting out just like the crazy customer you're complaining about, how are you any different?
@DynamicATL ,returning some portion of the $ may satisfy the the customers grievance but how would @brianhwang22 recover his reputational damage in this instance? Your solution makes sence if both parties are reasonable, but his customer is already setting his rep on fire in public. If he's in a small town or tight market this could well affect his future revenue and the damage can't be unseen.
I wouldn't give my lunch money to someone that is still punching at my rep online. The only winner is the jackwagon. He gets a premium install for half price and the installer gets a black eye in the public domain. I can't make good sence of it in this scenario.