I got this email just today from Marriott about my stay in Washington, DC.

Gmail - Your recent stay at Residence Inn

To the Marriott folks:

Look, no offense, but I’m not going to take your survey. You’ve already got my money, and now you want my time in return for nothing at all. Come on, offer me something, even just something token, to acknowledge that you know this survey will be a drain on my time and probably won’t benefit me in any way.

What kind of offer? Heck, I’d settle for something like “We’ll leave a free cookie on your pillow the next time you stay at a Marriott property if you take this survey. To be perfectly honest, it’ll probably be a little stale since it will have been in the lobby the day before, but at least it’s a free cookie in exchange for the survey. Pretty please?”

Also, I don’t know about you, but when I hit reply, it should go to J. W. Marriott, Jr. If it doesn’t, then don’t sign the letter from him. I’d rather you give me a reply-to and a letter addressed to Florence Attleby, Customer Service Intern, 14th Floor, Marriott Customer Service, Cubicle 87 behind the laser printer, NY, NY 11001.

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