I'm checking into a hotel. In front of me is a woman who is angry because the hotel won't allow her to use her government employee rate because she's not here for work but, rather, for pleasure. She's really irate. Should she be?
The spoiled Bitch.😡😜
Suck it up
She makes her living sucking peoples money out of their wallets, then expects them to give her a discount for that very reason. Interesting.
She should have known the discount policy before she booked.
Turns out that it's diff from hotel to hotel and the people on the reservation line don't know to tell people. Seems like something that needs to be fixed.
So a teacher rate doesn't count unless you're staying there for a teachers conference? Seems a little selective to me
Let me guess. She forgot her work ID.
Nope. She had it but she was honest with them and she paid the price for that! They ended up giving her the rate, anyway.
She's abusing her government travel card. She will be in a world of trouble if they audit her.
She was using her own card but trying to use her gov credentials to get the gov rate.
Oh, well of course that wasn't going to work lol.
Thats the way it works.
Slightly unrelated, but in my world travels, I've come to notice a certain phenomenon. The less civilized the country is, the more prestigious its people think a government job is.
Yes, this is the problem in this case.
I'm in a Union who has an agreement with certain hotels. I pay dues and would be upset too. I'm sure she can file a claim and get her discounted rate.
The gov is pretty much a union. Lol.
First world problems...
I would be outraged too. The government rate is much more affordable.
Not quite what the issue is. At least not how I read it.
"... undermining the public's faith in our servants and public institutions. That's my paramount issue with it."
That's where I disagree.
Sorry, wrong place! 😏
See, I looked at it differently than most of the other commenters. I would think it's simply a business policy to give certain groups of people a discount. Just as I can usually get a hotel discount, either from my AAA membership or as a senior rate.
I googled government employee discounts and found some interesting links to back this up.
By the way, I am not and never was a government employee and neither was my husband.
Both of these talk about saving PERSONAL money:
Here is the official policy at Marriott.
(See next post for details.)
At most Marriott hotels the government rate is available to eligible guests regardless of whether they are traveling on business or pleasure. However, some hotels may only make the ... rate available to guests traveling on official business.
So, if all depends on the hotel policy. She may have been overexcited, assumed too much or even rude, but I don't see it as dishonest, as many commenters do.
That makes sense, but if it depends on the specific hotel, and the hotel is telling you that their policy is to only honor business trips, shouldn't you accept that and move on rather than pressuring them to make an exception?
Yes, I agree with you.
As I said, her behavior was wrong and inappropriate. However, I'm addressing the many people who criticized her, on the basis of supposed "dishonesty."
But weren't they arguing in the wrong? The hotel denied the discount, and they got angry in response. That sends the message that public workers feel entitled. My issue with that is solely that it decreases public confidence in public institutions.
I see what you mean, but I don't quite agree.
It's more a problem of rudeness and obnoxious behavior than anything else. If you saw a doctor at the desk, acting entitled, obnoxious and rude, would it "undermine your faith in doctors"?
Outrageous! They won't even allow her to lie, cheat, and skirt the system? Yet Hillary gets away with it every single day!
To be fair, she may have been overexcited or even rude, depending on the circumstances. But, it doesn't appear that she was trying to misrepresent the purpose of her travel.
See my post just above yours.
Depends. IF the hotel has discounts for government employees (many around military bases do), she should have gotten it. If not, she is just being a bitch and she overreacted.
That pretty much sums it up.
Exactly! That's what I said in many more words, above.
She's an amateur. Book the hotel through work so you get the rate and it's not an issue. If work doesn't allow that....then this becomes self correcting. I would pull out your phone and start recording her tirade.
Haha. I should have. Her 13ish daughter just stood there staring at her mom like she was an alien.
Took me way too long to figure that you weren't saying she had about 13 daughters with her.
Screw that hotel
Definitely perverting the intention of the negotiated rate, and in doing so they are undermining the public's faith in our servants and public institutions. That's my paramount issue with it.
Well said, RoDe!
But, for a different perspective, see what I wrote above.
No. She shouldn't even be asking for the government rate if she isn't traveling on government business, although doing so didn't used to violate any regulations. In my experience, if the's on her own dime, there are better discounts to be had.
She should of said she was there on business.
Haha. Okay... That would be one approach
Exactly... How would they know?
No, but the sad truth is that people who make a scene in those situations often get their way.
I don't remember exactly how that works (I traveled some to conferences *with* government workers but not as one myself) but it seems morally wrong, if not legally.
I have a slightly different thought process on this. I typed it in 5 posts above. Take a look and comment, if you want.
Would you be if you were still in the military?
Most hotels have a military discount just to have it. It's not a government negotiated rate, just a courtesy.
I wanted to make the same distinction. The military discount is extended to the service member. The government rate is the rate the government pays for employees on official business, it isn't a rate offered to government employees as a thank you.