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Subject:Punish the stupid
Time:11:51 pm
Someone just made a hotel reservation online, and gave one of my email addresses out as their address. It irks me when stupid people do this.

Should I click the link and cancel the reservation?

Yes
19(61.3%)
No
9(29.0%)
Maybe, I'll explain in comments
3(9.7%)
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sabyl
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Time:2008-05-24 08:16 am (UTC)
So you know who did this? I guess before I cancel it I would ask the person why they did that.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-05-24 08:18 am (UTC)
I have her name, but no other contact information.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-05-24 08:19 am (UTC)
And the likely reason she did it was that she confused my email address for hers.
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sabyl
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Time:2008-05-24 08:23 am (UTC)
I'd probably let it slide if it seems like an honest mistake.
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jcdill
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Time:2008-05-24 03:02 pm (UTC)
Someone who is so easily confused that she confuses your address with her address probably has enough other problems that I wouldn't heap more problems on her by canceling the reservation.

I'd tell her I was bothered/upset that she used my email address. That alone will probably be "punishment enough".
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whipartist
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Time:2008-05-24 04:41 pm (UTC)
How would you tell her?
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adbjupe
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Time:2008-05-24 10:42 pm (UTC)
Leave a message at the hotels front desk
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abostick59
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Time:2008-05-24 01:50 pm (UTC)
For many people, being put into a smoking room is genuinely health-threateningl.
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dmorr
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Time:2008-05-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
Not *that* many people. And I'm sure they can change it if it's really a problem.
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abostick59
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Time:2008-05-24 02:54 pm (UTC)
Sometimes by the time they find out the damage is done.

Maybe I'm a little sensitive to the issue because at the moment my girlfriend is doped up with asthma medicine, thanks to the douchebags who smoke in rental cars.
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davidjacob
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Time:2008-05-24 07:11 pm (UTC)
Put me in the "clicking the link and monkeying around with the reservation is nowhere near as easy as just clicking delete" camp. Seeing one more email in my box doesn't notably alter my quality of life in any way, so why should I ruin someone else's vacation?

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whipartist
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Time:2008-05-25 02:01 pm (UTC)
One downside is that I had to go unsubscribe from all of their stupid marketing spam, and (as with all marketing spew) doing so may or may not have been effective.
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whitebird
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Time:2008-05-24 07:28 pm (UTC)
I've had someone mistakenly give my gmail address as theirs to a number of folks. Travel sites, banks, their mother. I think the thing that irritated me to most, was that their mother sent me some information about a trip and contact info that she obviously wanted her son to have, and I bounced it back to her with a note saying that I was not the person to whom she was actually emailing, and I didn't even get a thank you. Bah. The sad thing is said impoliteness won't stop me from continuing to do the right thing.
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thorfinn
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Time:2008-05-26 02:40 am (UTC)
I would cancel it, and email them warning of the cancellation.

"I did not book this hotel room, and thus I have cancelled the reservation, kthxbai."

Edit: Wups, didn't notice - you don't have any email address. :-) Oh well. Sucks to be them, then.

Edited at 2008-05-26 02:42 am (UTC)
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allknight
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Time:2008-05-27 02:38 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't auto-cancel I would be irked but I would do some investigation and try and contact this person first before I acted any further on this issue.
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phoenix14159
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Time:2008-06-04 04:31 pm (UTC)
If it's likely that it's just a typo, I wouldn't punish them; I've certainly made mistakes like that.

I would contact the hotel and let them know about the mistake. It's entirely possible that they have a phone number as well. They also probably have other resources, such as credit card, for tracking the person down. Worst case, they would know that the email they thought would reach that person was invalid.
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