About a year ago I signed up on a waiting list to attend a taping for American Idol. So finally Friday I got an email for a taping for this week. But I didn't check my email this weekend, so I got the email this morning, clicked on the link to get my vouchers....AND IT WAS ALREADY BOOKED UP!!! Lame. Here's the "please note" section of the email they sent:
PLEASE NOTE: All vouchers are free. Due to the immense popularity of the show, there is a system in place to ensure that as many fans as possible get a fair chance to see the show. Therefore you will only have this one opportunity and then you will be removed from the waitlist. We are unable to make special accommodations. Therefore, if you click on the following link and are sent back to the waiting list because the shows are already full or if you are receiving this email and are unable to attend this date, we suggest you rejoin the wait list any time after Tuesday, March 17th so that we may contact you again as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
It pretty much translates as: "We have only 100 seats to fill and emailed 5,000 people. So you better hurry up and click on the link to get your vouchers before someone else does or you won't get to go. And if you're NOT one of the lucky 100 to get a voucher, we will still be taking you off the wait list so you have to sign up again and wait another year."
What a joke.