Alamo’s response….

Dear Ms. ________:

I am in receipt of your email regarding your experience with our Alamo privacy policy notification. This matter was forwarded to me for special attention. I apologize this notification was a source of frustration for you, and have submitted your comments to our General Manager for immediate review. I have sent your issue to our Alamo webmaster for removal of your email address from our system.
Thank you for your valuable feedback. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Lynda

Customer Care

Alamo Rent A Car

So we’ll see … but unless they get MANY letters/e-mails like mine, I’m betting it won’t change a darn thing.

Alamo, you just lost a customer.

I’ve been known to travel on business… and have rented cars quite a bit. And rented from Alamo more than any other company…. well, that won’t be happening any more, and here’s why.

Tonight I got an e-mail from Alamo stating that they’re changing the terms of service for using their reservations website. So I clicked in to read the new terms and found this:

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT, UNLESS PROHIBITED BY LAW, YOUR USE AND/OR CONTINUED USE OF THIS WEB SITE SIGNIFIES YOUR EXPRESS CONSENT THAT INFORMATION MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO OR STORED ON SERVERS AND PROCESSED OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY OF YOUR RESIDENCE. PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT THE PRIVACY LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OR OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE INFORMATION MAY BE STORED MAY NOT BE AS COMPREHENSIVE OR OFFER AS MUCH PROTECTION AS THE LAWS OF OTHER COUNTRIES.

I don’t want my information on foreign servers, and, as a US-based systems engineer I’m damned sick and tired of technical jobs being outsourced to foreign countries (usually India – I have nothing against India, or it’s people, but this is getting ridiculous) … and I won’t do business with companies that I know are doing that … so Alamo … bye bye. There are plenty of other companies I can rent cars from, and I will.

And the whining has already begun….

I post on a couple of internet discussion boards. The political “discourse” can get pretty vehement, and pretty outrageous. Even so I find myself amazed at the number of people who are already whining about Obama’s administration and what he’s doing…. the man has been in office LESS THAN A MONTH and they’re already trying to proclaim his administration a “failure”. It’s ridiculous. Just under 8 months after George W. Bush took office this country was attacked violently, and those same posters proclaimed it President Clinton’s fault and claimed that GWB hadn’t been in office long enough to take responsibility for it… but now, after less than a month in office, the economy is Obama’s fault, job losses are Obama’s fault…. every thing is “Obama’s fault”…. apparently the man was supposed to take office with a magic wand.

So much for a sense of reality, or one of fair play, from the wing-bots on the far right…. they’ve got their “take down Obama” marching orders and they’re off and running without so much as a moment’s thought, much less a rational one.

Sheesh.