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As my friends and I planned a weekend trip to Berdychiv, our top choice was a hotel called Deja Vu in the very downtown, located in a nicely renovated 19th century building.

The problem was that the hotel administrator also knew that this hotel is the primary choice for visitors, and she intended to use this knowledge well. As the result, the hotel felt obliged to make the process of reservation as tough as it gets.

When we finally got to the hotel, it was around midnight. The administrator, a tense woman in her late 20, greeted us with a rather unconventional: “We were really worried about you.” Her strict tone made it clear that our deposit wasn’t enough to persuade the hotel we were trustworthy enough clients for them.

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