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Carol Perkins: The $4,000 hotel bill

'I am far too old to be reminded that I don't always focus.' - CAROL
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By Carol Perkins

Although it would not be worth having to take care of him afterward, Guy came close to having a skillet "up side" his head the other night when I was trying to book a hotel room in Austin, TX and with him standing over my shoulder, making me nervous. "Have you got the right night?" "Don't forget we have to have an airport shuttle to the hotel, so be sure you pick one that offers a shuttle. Does it have a restaurant? We'll need a restaurant."

"How old am I? I said.

"Well, you know you don't always focus." I am far too old to be reminded that I don't always focus. He doesn't always get everything on a grocery list, either. I was trying to listen to him and work my magic on the internet. He kept interrupting, so what happened next was totally his fault.

I found a room, plugged in the dates, booked it, and printed off the receipt. He was standing ready to grab the receipt and examine it. His scrutiny comes from years of booking hotel rooms with his work. I'll give him a little leeway. He took the paper out of the printer and gave it a once over. He began to quake. "What is this?" he said. A question like that has no answer. "How could this bill for one night be over $4,000?" I grabbed the paper from him. "Oh, that's your hotel points." I couldn't image what else it could be.

"This has nothing to do with points; it's the price they are charging to my credit card. What in the world did you do?" I hate that question. I don't remember ever being asked what I did as a child, and I certainly didn't like his tone. "I didn't DO anything." Of course, I did do something and here is what I did.

I clicked on June 14 for the check-in date and then must have clicked July 15 as the check-out date. That explained the bill. "I can fix this." He had broken out in a sweat. I called the hotel and explained what happened. "Oh, that's fine. We don't charge your card until you check out." Whew! Most of his bookings go through Priceline, which means the money is nonrefundable. Thank goodness for Holiday Inn Express.

By then, he was rubbing his head (he still has that awful pain in his head which now was magnified to match his stress level). "It is solved."

"Do I get a new confirmation?" No, he didn't need a new confirmation, but he had to insert one more little comment. "Don't get me wrong, but if you would concentrate on one thing at a time, you wouldn't make mistakes."

"You are so right, Guy, I must be more careful. I'll see if I can achieve that by the time I'm eighty. By the way, if you hadn't been standing over me like a bull frog I wouldn't have made this one!"

Then I had one more dig. "At least I didn't drive all the way to Louisville on a business trip and forget my dress shirts and drive back to Edmonton to get them because the stores were closed. You must learn to focus!"

"I've got the point," he said. "But if we check in and I get billed for $4,000, I may have a stroke. Where is that cast iron skillet!

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