I wish like hell I had had the foresight to take more pictures. You know, pictures of the people laying on the ground with their luggage because they had been waiting for a car for over 2.5 hours. Or a picture of the 20 people sitting around outside waiting for their names to be called so that they could finally hit the road to wherever it was they were going.
Some video of the people on their phones explaining to their families or friends that they were going to miss the fireworks (on the 4th of July), or the wedding rehearsal they were in town for.
I did however manage to snap a picture of our ridiculously large car rental bill.
See the $600 line item for "Additional Products"? We'll that's what it took to get the hell out the door.
I seriously feel like we were duped. I mean, what's the point in making a reservation if you're not going to have a car for me when I arrive. And not just me, like 20 other people too, maybe more. It was evident from the moment the Hertz shuttle pulled into the lot to drop us off that there was a shortage of cars.
After an hour and a half in line D finally made it up to an agent who was kind enough to offer him a "Dream Car".
Bare in mind, I've been outside feverishly looking for someone smoking (I never found anyone) and calling every car service/rental company within a 30 mile radius for the last hour. No cars available anywhere! I'm hangry, the Hertz is starting to look like they're gonna need FEMA to come in and it's almost dark.
I text D letting him know that he better not come out without a car, so he does, with the only class of car they have.
Now seriously, I don't know about you, but if this is my business, I'm going to admit I oversold and then I'm going to do whatever I can to make it right. I'm going to give you whatever car I do have no matter what the difference in cost is because I f*cked up. If I have nothing to give you, I'm going to find you another car with another agency. If that doesn't pan out, I'm going to pay for your cab ride to wherever it is you're meant to be going. Hertz did none of that. Instead they thought it wise to up-sell us by $600 for a less than 48 hour rental.
At this point you're probably wondering when the life lessons are going to come in. Well here they are.
1. Despite Hertz overselling, driving an hour and a half in the dark to a location we had never been to, completely missing 4th of July fireworks and not arriving at our hotel until 11PM, we had an amazing trip. Don't let one setback screw up an entire getaway.
It's safe to say our first 5 hours in Colorado were a bit rough but I'm happy to report that we turned things around after arriving at our hotel. Dar's jaw was killing him (stress) and my stomach was eating itself so the first order of business was food/booze. Thanks to the valet guys at our hotel we found the coolest little underground restaurant/bar which happened to be open late and serving dinner until midnight!
We stayed in a great hotel with lots of history. I've never stayed at a Wyndham property previously, but I'll absolutely consider them going forward. The Mining Exchange was right up there with the Wynn Las Vegas and any Four Seasons in the service department. Like in, I know I just valeted my car 5 minutes ago, but I left a bag in the back seat and now I need you to run however many blocks away my car is at 11:00PM on the forth of July to get it for me. Which was done with a smile and was no problem at all. Additionally, ya'll know I love me some good room service, my bedside breakfast did not disappoint.
We had a blast on Saturday exploring the Broadmoor. My god, what a beautiful property.
I'd fly all the way back to Colorado just for the snacks and amazing cocktail I had at the bar! Whiskey, lime and mint. YUM, I mean how have I never had this drink before?
After gorging and relaxing for a few hours, we headed back to our hotel for the main event, the wedding. We had the best time, met some amazing new friends, wished the bride and groom well, danced like we were 19 again, got silly drunk and laughed like crazy.
Lesson 2, Go hard and don't give up. Even after you've hit a few road blocks.
I left any feelings of ill will towards Hertz in the gutter until we returned home. Then it was GO time. I spent Monday trying to dispute the "Additional Purchase" charges with Hertz billing. The agent I was speaking with had no interest (or maybe it was no power) in helping me so she passed me off to the Hertz location we had a reservation with.
I immediately asked for a manager and was given nothing but tude right out of the gate. He said and I quote "well you took the car didn't you". Why yes sir, I did take the car. I'm mean I'm sorry but I wasn't about to spend the night in a Hertz waiting for YOU to make things right. Fifteen minutes later he offers me a $100 credit towards my next rental with Hertz. At this rate there will not be a next time. I graciously decline, hang up the phone and start screaming F*CK YOU internally.
I take the next day to regroup and then I call Hertz' corporate office on Wednesday (thank you GOOGLE, no more of this 1-800 bull for me). After explaining the issue and requesting a refund for the "Additional Purchase" charges to the 3rd person, I finally achieve some success. While they won't refund me the full amount, they've credited me back 50% of the total charges.
Do not give up my friends. I know dealing with sh*t that is not your fault sucks, but preserver, I feel like I'm owed pain and suffering for having to waste my time calling around to make someone do the right thing. I mean geez. Is Customer Service dead? I know it's not, but god, Hertz you need to go back to the drawing board.