We’ll take a short break from Ukraine so I can tell you a story of rental cars.
Right now (surprise surprise) I’m in Ohio for work. I had to extend my stay a few days and decided to drop the car off at a different location. I called up my travel agent and they said no problem. Except for the car.
If I were to drop the car off at a new location, Budget rent-a-car would bump up my required payment for every day of my trip. So instead of paying 42 dollars a night for five nights, I’d be paying 75 dollars a night for five nights. That is a mighty difference. If, however, I were to drop my car off and immediately pick up a new car specifying my new drop off location… I’d get the same rate as before.
I called up budget.
Mike D: “This just seems stupid. If I drive for an hour to Cleveland and drop off my car and pick up a new car I can take a better rate.”
Budget rep: “yeah, in fact you can just take that same car with you.”
Mike D: “WHAT!?!? you don’t even need this specific car in Ohio? What?! This is stupid. Couldn’t you just set up a new plan over the phone and not inconvenience me two plus hours of driving?”
Budget rep: “I’m sorry sir, but we have to close the transaction.”
Mike D: “can we not close the transaction over the phone?”
Budget rep: “I can’t do that.”
I thought I’d try and save the trip by also stopping by the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But they close at 5:30pm on Friday nights.
I dislike Ohio.