Well, it was Wednesday, December 19, 2001, when I was contacted
by Heather Schreiber at WSYX Channel 6 News here in Columbus, Ohio.
Channel 6 had been doing live weather reports from various viewer's homes.
These viewers were chosen due to their extensive Christmas decorations,
inside and out. Heather asked if WSYX could broadcast their weather
reports from my sister's BEAUTIFULLY decorated home on Christmas Eve. When
I told her I was almost certain it would be okay, Heather seemed happy
because they were having difficulty finding someone who would be home on
Christmas Eve. I put Heather in touch with my sister, and plans were
finalized. My sister informed Heather she had planned on working that day,
but that she would take off early from work. Heather told her that the
crew would arrive around 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
family Christmas Eve plans involve visiting our grandmother and cousins
who live in the area. Since we thought it would be fun to host the WSYX
weather crew (and their weather dog) at my sister's home, we decided to
rearrange all of our plans. We decided to hold our family get-together at
my sister's home instead of traveling to the cousins. My sister decided to
put some additional lights around her home to bring the total of lights up
to 10,000. She also bought a gift for the WSYX weather dog and since the
weather was cold, we made sure we had hot chocolate for the Channel 6
crew. With some help from my sister's neighbors and our cousins, we set up
about 100 illuminaries on the street in front of my sister's
While we were putting the finishing touches on the
illuminaries, Channel 6 telephoned my sister. It was just after 4:30 p.m.
and we were waiting for the Channel 6 weather crew to arrive. The man who
called my sister just said that he wasn't sure if they were scheduled to
be at my sister's home or not, but regardless, they weren't coming. No
reasons...no excuses...no apologies. That was all that was
Our family was just astonished at WSYX's rudeness and inconsiderate
behavior. Our plans were changed just to accommodate these people. We had
many things planned for Channel 6; a supply of reindeer antlers for
everyone to wear, one of us was going to don a Santa Suit, and we had
plenty of food and beverages. We were especially disappointed because our
young cousin had told all of his school friends about his special
Christmas eve plans. Now he is forced to return to school and explain to
everyone what happened. Actually, we all told many people about Channel 6
coming to my sister's home.....and now we all have to explain what heels
they turned out to be.
My sister goes to a great deal of trouble
decorating for the holidays and we were all looking forward to her getting
acknowledged for her hard work; not to mention the extra work she went to
just for Channel 6's visit. In addition, she could have stayed at work
that day if she had known ahead of time, but since they did not call until
the last minute, she lost about $250 in overtime pay.
nothing we can do about the experience now. We were thinking about
inviting WSYX Channel 6 back to my sister's home on New Year's Eve.....and
then NONE OF US would show up! Regardless, I know we will never try and
work with WSYX Channel 6 again and, personally, I will never watch their
news broadcasts again.
They pulled a fast one on my sister and
their actions were far from being in the spirit of the
BAH HUMBUG TO WSYX CHANNEL 6
NEWS COLUMBUS, OHIO.
Many of us have emailed WSYX Channel 6 to express our displeasure.
If you'd like to email them for any reason, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. (P.S. Don't bother contacting their Troubleshooting hotline
for any consumer issues either. I hear that if they can't resolve the
issue in ONE day, they won't help you!!!!)
HAVE ANY COMMENTS FOR ME, YOU MAY EMAIL ME AT WSYXSUCKS@HOTMAIL.COM