My college buddies and I used to take an annual canoe trip down the
The ironic thing is that had that trip been taken today, that photo (instantly digitized) would have found its way to Facebook, Twitter, electronic pages all over the internet, and I wouldn’t have to use my mind’s eye to picture any of us hoisting that magnificent Tequila bottle. Film is dead, and so are those pictures.
Well, the same digital revolution is responsible for electronic storage records, too. Not too long ago, a hotel tried to charge me for a “Lite Champagne and Strawberry Brunch,” something I wouldn’t eat if I were being held at gunpoint. I asked to see their copy of the receipt with my signature on it and in seconds, the scanned record of the receipt was displayed before me. The only problem (for them) was, it wasn’t my signature. We had the problem corrected very shortly after.
Another incident I had involves a late night drive home from the airport. Tired after a two week trip, I mindlessly scanned my credit card in the parking garage at the airport and shot through the gate to get home before midnight. I didn’t even think about the receipt, still dangling in the wind back at the parking gate. Fourteen dollars per day, multiplied by 14 days was almost $200 worth of parking that I was going to have to “eat” if I couldn’t get my hands on that receipt. I called the parking garage, told them the dates of my stay and my credit card number and viola, a new receipt was emailed to me within the hour!
So, take heart weary travelers… lost or forgotten receipts and records are easily found these days if you don’t mind a phone call or two and a bit of time for them to find the records. Meanwhile, I think I’ll use the extra hour or so I have this afternoon to re-connect with some more of my old college canoe cohorts; one of them must have that photo, right?
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