June 17 2012

The Joys of Travel, Part II

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The joys of travel just keep coming.

The license plate you see above is what I happened to notice on my rental car today. I picked it up yesterday when I got to Irvine, and I just happened to glance down at the plate today and thought, “Huh … maybe California does its tags differently.”  I emailed Jon Rettinger, president of TechnoBuffalo, to verify that the place was indeed expired before I yelled at the rental company, and he said it was.  (I was 99.9% sure it was, but on the off chance it worked differently here I just wanted to be sure)

Being Sunday, the location I rented from was closed, so I called the national number, and they arranged for me to swap cars at an airport location.  They were happy to help me, and brought another car around to me.  I jokingly looked down at the plate and …

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At least this time the manager that was helping me decided to make sure no one would make the mistake again.

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He tells me he’s going to get me another car, and after a few minutes he comes back and goes, “Well, the next two cars I looked at … uh … they also had expired plates.” He finally set me up with a new car with valid plates.

I am not naming the rental company as the people I worked with all tried their best to rectify the situation … and I now have a nice pile of free upgrade coupons.

It was definitely one of the oddest mornings I’ve had in some time.

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