24 November 2009

The Cost of a Motel

> My wife and I are travelling by car from Detroit to Atlanta.
> After almost eleven hours on the road, we were too tired to continue,
> and decide to take a room.
> But, we only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road.
> When we checked out four hours later, the desk clerk hands us a bill
> for $350.00.
> I explode and demand to know why the charge is so high. I tell the
> clerk although it's a nice hotel; the rooms certainly aren't worth $350.00
> Then the clerk tells me that $350.00 is the 'standard rate'. I insisted
> on speaking to the Manager.
> The Manager appears, listens to me, and then explains that the hotel
> has an
> Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre that were available for
> us to use. 'But we didn't use them. 'Well, they are here, and you could
> have,' explains the Manager.
> He goes on to explain we could also have taken in one of the shows for
> which the hotel is famous. 'We have the best entertainers from New York,
> Hollywood, and Las Vegas perform here,' the Manager says.
> 'But we didn't go to any of those shows,' .'Well, we have them, and
> you could have,' the Manager replies.
> No matter what amenity the Manager mentions, I reply, 'But we didn't
> use it!'
> The Manager is unmoved, and eventually I gave up and agreed to pay.
> I write a check and give it to the Manager.
> The Manager is surprised when he looks at the check. 'But sir,' 'this
> check is only made out for $50.00. ''That's correct, as I charged you
> $300.00
> for sleeping with my wife.'
> 'But I didn't!' exclaims the Manager.
> 'Well, too bad, she was here, and you could have.


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