As a customer service supervisor for a telephone company, you're in charge of responding to customers' requests for refunds. You've just received an e-mail from a customer who unwittingly ran up a $500. bill for long-distance calls after mistakenly configuring his laptop computer to dial an Internet access number that wasn't a local call. The customer says it wasn't his fault because he didn't realize he was dialing a long-distance number. However, you've dealt with this situation before; you know that the customer's Internet service provider warns its customers to choose a local access number because customers are responsible for all long-distance charges.
Draft an e-mail reply sympathizing with the customer's plight but preparing him for the bad news (that company policy specifically prohibits refunds in such cases).
To: Bob Black
From: Sasha Reynolds
Subject Line: Response to your NT & A Correspondence
Dear Mr. Black:
I have considered your request carefully in light of your status as a valued customer of NT & A Communications for the last 15 years. I sympathize with ...
This solution gives an example of how to write a negative message in response to a customer service issue. It is in email form, and includes proper formatting.