I had guests check out this morning. There were two adults and one infant on the reservation (actually, the infant wasn’t on there, but I knew she was bringing a baby, no big deal). My cohost/tenant encountered them this morning as they were checking out, and asked how they had enjoyed their time in Portland, how everything was in the apartment, etc. The four adults all indicated that they had been having a good time.
I wasn’t aware of this for about four hours. Since they left, I’ve been notified that the guest has written a review, and every indication from the communications I’ve had tells me it’s most likely a 5 star. I am trying to decide whether or not to pursue payment for the extra guests with her or not.
I was thinking of sending this note:
Jane - I wanted to check in with you about the number of guests in your group. My co-host said when he spoke with you this morning there were four adults checking out. Could you please confirm? I haven’t checked the Ring doorbell video yet, I figured it would be quicker just to ask you for clarification. I know the default setting when making a reservation is two adults*, so I’d totally understand if you didn’t catch that when you made the reservation. (It’s happened with previous guests.)
The thing about the Ring is a bluff – i’ve already looked, and unfortunately it didn’t record any comings or goings of their group (it’s located next to the door for the first floor apartment, and doesn’t always capture the activity of people entering the adjacent door). But the guest doesn’t know that.
My hope is that she would come clean about the number of guests, thinking I have video proof anyway, and admit it on the platform. I could then send her a bill through the resolution center ($80 total), and quickly post my own review (with 3 stars for follows rules) to prevent a retaliatory review. Whether or not she would pay it is a separate issue.
Or, I could just walk away, order a second friggin’ Ring doorbell, and call it a lesson learned.
Just curious what y’all would do in my shoes.
*Also bending the truth a bit, wanted to give her a graceful way to say she screwed up.