Café Le Chocolatier Sweet and Pep Stores Sour Service Awards


The Sweet Service Award  goes to Café Le Chocolatier in Franschhoek, and its manager Toni, for calling to say that she had noticed that I had been overcharged for a loaf of rye bread on doing the cash-up.  I should have received two loaves for R35, not just one, even though I did question the price for the small loaf with the waitress when I paid. I had returned to Cape Town by the time Toni called, but she has invited me back, for a coffee, and another loaf of bread.


The Sour Service Award  goes to Pep Stores, for their inconsistent policy on cellphone sales.  I only go to Pep Stores to buy cellphones (their phones are the cheapest) for my staff, usually at the Sea Point branch, where I show my ID and pay, and receive a cellphone.  The Franschhoek branch of Pep Stores would not sell me a cellphone if I did not have the ID plus an account proving my residential address.  Luckily I had a Whale Cottage Franschhoek invoice with our street address on it, which the sales lady accepted, even though my name was not on it all, and therefore did not match my ID book!  It did mean two trips to Pep Stores, and a lot of hassle for a R99 phone purchase.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the website.


POSTSCRIPT 18/2:  I went to Café Le Chocolatier today to collect my bread and to have the cappuccino.  While I was there I decided to have a quick scrambled egg breakfast too.  The owner, Dr Daniel Waldis, refused to let me pay for the breakfast, and sent me on my way with a box of their delicious chocolates, which he said are now served in SAA’s First Class cabin.   He went the extra mile in terms of their service recovery.

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4 replies on “Café Le Chocolatier Sweet and Pep Stores Sour Service Awards”

  1. Good day

    It is a fundamental requirement that the green bar-coded ID and proof of residential address (including full name) is provided at the point of sale for RICA registration.

    I have addressed your concerns with these stores and will escalate the matter with their direct superiors as well.

    Please contact me should you require any additional information.

    Kind regards
    Turaan Hajwanie
    Team Cellular
    Tel: 021 937 2747

  2. I appreciate your feedback and concern Turaan.

    I do hope that you have not made it more difficult to buy the cellphones at Sea Point now!


  3. Dear Chris!
    many thanks for your sweet awards toward le chocolatier!
    You more than welcome by your next stop over in franschhoek to enjoy your free cup of coffee and some freshly made swiss chocolates!
    hope to see you soon again

    cafe le chocolatier
    manager tony & team

  4. Thank you Toni

    I have had my cappuccino already, when you were off yesterday – thank you. I’ll come to collect my rye bread, which you did not bake yesterday.


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