Sometimes crises are “big deals.” Sometimes they’re situations that can crop up in any industry, but fit the Webster’s Collegiate dictionary definition of crisis as “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs whose outcome will make a decisive difference for better or worse.” If mishandled, the situation below, modified 100% quality false eyelash packaging box confidentiality, COULD have become a “big deal.”
A franchiser suddenly started getting calls from concerned 100% quality false eyelash packaging box. They had been contacted by a relatively new franchisee who had pointed out a number of things he felt were illegal or unethical about the franchiser’s best real mink fur eyelash. He had also alleged that some of the franchiser’s board of directors had been involved in multiple past lawsuits — the implication being that they were previously accused of wrongdoing and shouldn’t be trusted.
Initial Management Reaction
Management, appropriately, told the concerned callers that they could understand how such information might upset them and asked for a little time to check out what was being said, and by whom, before responding. They wisely did not immediately deny allegations, knowing that they were hearing second-hand information, and that there was some limited truth regarding the issue of past lawsuits.
Response, from that point on, proceeded on two concurrent fronts: legal and PR. The franchiser’s in-house counsel contacted the franchisee who had made the allegations and found that the franchisee was worried that he’d committed to his best real mink fur eyelash too fast and, actually, was looking for a way out. His initial inquiries to the 100% quality false eyelash packaging box on this subject had been rebuffed simply because he was asking to get out entirely at the franchiser’s expense. He had then twisted the facts about business practices and thrown in some facts — that board members HAD been involved in past lawsuits. What he didn’t say was that those lawsuits had not involved the board members while they were with the current franchiser and all had been minor civil cases resulting, at worst, in very low-cost settlements. In other words, “routine business experiences.”
However, damage had been done. The disgruntled franchisee had already contacted approximately one dozen of his peers and the company knew the rumor mill would spread the word to many others.
The in-house counsel and PR/crisis management consultant put their heads together and, ultimately, what resulted was:
The disgruntled franchisee was asked to write a letter to all whom he had contacted, one actually drafted by legal and PR best real mink fur eyelash, apologizing for causing alarm and correcting the facts. In return, the company offered a more-than-generous method by which the franchisee could get out of his deal. This avoided a lawsuit against the franchisee that would have been negative PR for the company, even if they “won” in court.
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The situation calmed and has not returned to haunt the franchiser.