A few years ago, I was working on a story on a couple of hotels in Atlanta, and I asked a Hotels property manager what the difference was between Hotels and Virginities.
Virginias were more of a niche market.
Virginias are owned by their owners.
If you bought a hotel that was owned by a family or a group, you would be able to use the name and be able use their website and so forth, he said.
But if you were a hotel owner, the only thing you would know was where it was located.
I asked if this meant there were a lot of Hotels properties that were owned by family members, so I could see them.
“No,” he said, and he wasn’t sure what that meant.
I kept asking.
“So what if they were family owned?” he said finally.
I said I’d ask.
That’s when he said that if you wanted to book a hotel, you could do that through Hotels, but if you didn’t, you had to use your own website.
He explained that the way he did it was to create a domain that was only available to his own Hotels clients, and then they would be listed on the Virginias site.
This wasn’t new, but it was new for him.
It wasn’t something that he was trying to make easy for people.
He had an idea for how he wanted it to work.
“You would be required to use a new website every time you booked a hotel,” he told me.
“That’s not a good idea, because then I would have to go to Virginias and create a new account every time I wanted to use my name, and it would be very expensive for me.”
The problem, of course, is that I had never booked a Virginias hotel.
And the way I had been booking them was by email, so that was easy enough.
And even though Virginias was using my name to do all of that, I couldn’t find the email addresses for them.
So I emailed him and asked, “Are you really doing this for a reason?”
The answer came back: No, he told my boss.
“Because you know who I am?”
The only reason I knew was because of my name.
So when I got home from work and opened my email, it had a message from the company’s VP of sales.
He wanted to know how I was doing.
The email I sent back was, “I’m sorry, but we can’t give you an email address for Virginias for this reason.”
The email had been a joke, but I’d heard about the Virginia deal, so there was no real way to deny that.
So he said he was going to email me back.
So, in the end, I went ahead and sent the email.
A few weeks later, he sent me back an email with the same message: “We’re sorry that we couldn’t give this account.
We are going to send you a new email address to use with the Virgin Islands for this.”
The fact that he could have just given me an email was a relief.
I had to be honest with him and say, “This isn’t really for me,” and that’s the first thing I told him.
He said he couldn’t let me use my real name.
I told me to call him.
I called him and said, “If you can’t find any of the email address details for Virginia, you can get a new one.”
He didn’t tell me why.
I figured he didn’t want to put me through this again.
So we called the number on the back of his email.
“What’s up?” he asked.
“They’re still not accepting email addresses,” I said.
“I’ll call back,” he replied.
“Okay,” I replied.
He hung up and hung up.
I looked around at the Virginios’ emails and saw a large group of people who were waiting to book Virginias hotels.
I thought to myself, “Wait a minute.
This is what’s wrong with this business model.”
And I realized what the problem was.
If I was going into this business and I was using someone else’s name, then I was giving them my name as well.
So if I was able to do this to my own hotel, I should be able do it to anyone who could use my hotel.
It was the first time I’d seen a company make an error like this.
It felt like they were trying to create an opportunity for their own people to use their names without their consent.
That feeling, though, didn’t last long.
A couple weeks later I was talking with another writer on my team, and we were discussing how we could get the Virginius team to change their practices so that we would not be