They underestimated us – their mistake!

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Golden Pixels/Shutterstock

Richard Barnes wishes he hadn’t rented the car.

The vehicle, which he reserved for on a business trip in Atlanta, was absolutely fine. It’s what happened afterwards that makes his blood boil.

Barnes picked up the vehicle at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He drove it to the Hyatt in Atlanta. The next day, he returned it to the airport without a scratch.

“Four months later I received a bill for $12,000 for an accident and damage to the car I had rented,” he says.

Say what?

Yep, $12k for a rental car returned undamaged. I recently wondered how careful you have to be in order to not get scammed as a consumer.

But there’s another side to this issue: How careful do businesses think we are?
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Do people who leave their brains at home deserve to be ripped off?

We’re very lucky. The devastating earthquake that struck Japan last week caused only minor damage here in the States.

The most high-profile casualty was Dustin Weber, a 25-year-old man in Crescent City, Calif., who was swept out to sea as he tried to photograph the tsunami.

(Before I go any further, an important note about the photo I used to illustrate this post. It is not from a real tsunami. It’s from an event called a “tidal bore” which took place in Hangzhou, China in 2002, and it is not real.)

I was little surprised when I talked about this event privately with colleagues. Some half-jokingly suggested that the California photographer deserved to die, because he obviously hadn’t heeded the warnings about the waves.

Darwin Award finalist, they snickered.
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