One of the side effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland is that 1000s of people cannot get home and need somewhere to stay. Good news for the Irish hotel industry you might think. But this morning I heard that instead of welcoming these stranded passengers, hotels around some Irish airports are putting up their prices in response to the crisis - if this is true then Rip-off Republic is alive and well still.
I understand the laws of supply and demand, but am starting to think that they are a nonsense in situations like this. If I was stuck somewhere I didn't want to be, not able to get back home, to work, perhaps to a wedding or funeral I would be really fed-up and that would be compounded if the only places that I could find to stay wanted to fleece me for providing a room.
Quite possibly I would never want to set foot in that country again.
If I ran a hotel near the airport, I would consider giving stranded passengers a discount, perhaps serving them with a pot of tea and a plate of scones when they arrive. Anything to make them feel that someone cares about what has happened to them. Am I missing something here?
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