View Poll Results: Is it stealing to use a competitor's rate with a third party vendor?

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Thread: Stealing or not?

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    Re: Stealing or not?

    It's fraud, not stealing ...
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    Re: Stealing or not?

    Not sure, for the company to tell all their employees to do it is probably a bad idea. For an individual employee to do it on their own initiative, probably not so much. After all, the hotel could always ask for identification and they give out so many varying discounts to different groups, I'd have no issue with this.

    I had a somewhat similar situation. When I worked for a major global corporation, we had a corporate rate with Verizon Wireless. When they set me up, they put me on another major global corporations rate plan. When I pointed this out, the sales person said it didn't matter since both companies had the same actual rate. Technically I wasn't on my company's rate plan.

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    Re: Stealing or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    I've come to find myself in a bit of a dilemma. The company I work for is knowingly using another companies negotiated rate at a national hotel chain without permission. So my question is, is this stealing? Is it stealing to present yourself to a hotel as an employee of brand x when you working for competing brand y?
    What you're presenting to us is that you walk into the national hotel chain and tell them you are an employee of "Y" and want their discounted room rate. First, I think there's more to this story.

    Secondly, if the national hotel chain isn't asking for proof? They don't care.
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    Re: Stealing or not?

    It is incumbent upon the Hotel to check the credentials of the customers. If they're not checking, it's likely they have a liberal discount policy and are doing business as usual. That discount is probably pretty easy to get. Slippery, a move a politician would be proud of, but Sister Agnes would have qualms, pangs of guilt and buyer's remorse.

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    Re: Stealing or not?

    If more people use that same rate it turns into the market rate. No one has a trademark or copyright on price !
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