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Wed, Sep. 14th, 2005, 11:50 pm
All is well

Well, it seems that the cockups didn't end with all the nonsense that went on over the weekend - When I booked the place a few weeks back my credit card wasn't behaving itself as a result of a perfectly normal set of transactions (which I had made several times in the past) setting off the warnings on the Bank of Ireland credit card department - they never thought to contact me about this and left me in the embarassing situation of the damned thing being declined while I was out to dinner (but thats a whole other story and little to do with this). I ended up having to use cartographer's one to make the initial booking and when Moron Manager decided we were a no show he naturally charged the entire amount to her card (again, leaving aside the terms and conditions that stated "the first night's fee will be charged in the case of a no show"). Thus, I essentially paid twice for accomodation I didn't get to use.

Still, all is well now, a sizable wad of cash has been refunded to both cards and the upshot does seem to be that not only did we get a full refund on both charges but also about 150 quid in "oops" money between the two of them. So I suppose I have to take back one thing I said about that place - they're not a bunch of scammers (it would seem) but the place is still an expensive shithole owned by the kind of jackass you have to chase for two days to get him to explain the mistake.

Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
penexpers

I don't think 150 quid can really make up for the stress involved though.

Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Probably not but its about what I expected in the best case scenario. I figured it was far more likely I'd end up spending weeks trying to pursue the gimps and I've long accepted that life isn't at all fair so I won't be losing sleep over it anyway. Besides, we made the best of the time outside the annoyances.
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Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Honestly, it could only improve the stench in the place. I wasn't kidding about the rising damp :)
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Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I might be wrong but I think the gist is that its what happens when water gets into the brickwork (which can happen in a variety of ways from burst water pipes to missing roof tiles to it seeping in through crappy foundations) and starts to rot the wallpaper or paint and slowly make the bricks decompose and releases a godawful stench in the process from all the mould that invariably grows in the warm, damp (and usually dark) areas where it festers.
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Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)
socmot

Bunch of arseholes. I hope they get financially langered by someone or something soon.

Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Part of me knows that the extra cash is as more like hush money than it was compensation and that I should still go to lonelyplanet and the trading standards because the place is a hole and chances are it'll happen again (assuming it wasn't a scam that got called off because we were obviously not poor ass students from australia).
Most of the rest of me wants to forget the whole damned thing and be productive by just warning people about the place and starting to inquire as to why there is *no* system in place to protect people in that situation.