I have some wonderful neighbors. They are a couple in their early 40s who have 2 kids, and always go out of their way to be helpful to us. Hubby has severe arthritis in his knees and must use a cane, and these neighbors do wonderful things like shovel our walk in the winter, mow our lawn in the summer, bring our trash cans in from the street on garbage day, and refuse to take money for their kind deeds.
When I heard about Restaurants.com, I thought it might be nice to buy a gift certificate to an area restaurant so they could have an evening out on us. The site advertised that I could pay $20 for a $50 gift certificate. I located a restaurant I thought they might enjoy and proceeded to buy the gift certificate. Once I had used my credit card to make the purchase and was instructed to print out the certificate, I noticed that there was a minimum purchase requirement of $100 in order to use the coupon. I saw no evidence of this, prior to entering my credit card information.
Needless to say, I did not want my neighbors to have to spend $50 on top of the certificate amount in order to benefit, so I called the telephone number listed on the website and requested that the purchase be cancelled. I was informed that cancellation and refund were not an option, but that I could use the credit toward the purchase of a different certificate. We went round and round, and I let them know that I did not want another gift certificate (with who knows what minimum purchase requirement), I just wanted a refund.
I just wanted to alert everyone to the situation, and hope no one else makes the same mistake I did. As far as I'm concerned, this website is a scam!
And that's all my bitchin' for today!