Today, I received this email to my personal email address:
Quick favor…I’m trying to locate the proper contact at ACS Technologies Group, Inc. I’m with _______(name removed to protect the guilty) and I am contacting select strategic accounts to create awareness and ultimately gauge interest in our national fiber connectivity and cloud/hosted based network services. Most companies that I’ve worked with in your industry choose to do business with me because I could help increase margins in a hyper competitve industry. I hope this is a relevant issue at this time.
Are you the person I should speak with Dean, or is there someone you can introduce me to?
Thanks so much for your consideration. Regards, Justin
My reply is:
I’ve been wondering this for a while but I’ve concluded that I’m a hotel snob. Since early in 2013, when I found myself in a questionable hotel experience, I’ve questioned this about myself. Have I become something that I don’t want to be? Have I lost touch with how many people live? I like to stay in nice hotels. I’ve never had to have the nicest cars. I don’t have to eat the best steaks. I do, however, want to be comfortable and safe at night when I lay my head down. Here’s the story.
Apparently, San Jose, CA, has some big conferences going on. I needed to stay in the area and yet there was NO hotel rooms. We called all the major conglomerates of hotels, checked all the online tools. There was nothing in a name-brand hotel. We ended up booking a no-name hotel but later cancelled it due to comments online. We finally found a name brand that, while known for it’s cheap stays, appeared to be something I could compromise with.
We arrived, and I noticed these items:
- The neighborhood was questionable.
- This hotel was a 2 story hotel and all the upper floor windows were open. (seemed odd).
- Once we arrived at our rooms, I walked into mine and it actually appeared clean but sub-standard.
- It was a smoking room. Ugh.
- When closing the windows, my travel partner saw a prostitute. (I trust his judgment based on other factors)
- Cars are racing down the side streets….
Time to go… I actually walked away from $181 and checked out. We found a Fairfield Inn and Suites that was 40 miles away from the airport instead of 10 miles. This place is nice, has all the things I need to feel safe and comfortable. We did have to share the room, but that wasn’t a problem!
So… call me what you will but if you comment, please help me process these feelings. Since I’ve been blessed by God and have been given the means to afford a nicer hotel stay, am I wrong?