DreamHost Issues Goofy Apology After Billing Error

Posted on January 18, 2008

DreamHost made a big error and overcharged many of its customers. They blogged a somewhat humoroues apology that included Homer Simpson.
The end to this story is that of course, I'm very very sorry, we're very very sorry, and I'm sure you're very very sorry this happened. I really am. I understand the sort of problems that an unexpected large charge to your credit card (or worse yet, your debit card) can cause. If the tone of this blog post seemed a little light, I apologize I don't mean to offend and I realize how serious an issue this is. I've been up since 3:50am trying to undo the damage and maybe I'm a little shell-shocked.

A new service is running right now (in parallel on all the controllers) that fixes all those future charges, re-enables your account if it was erroneously suspended, and if your credit card was automatically rebilled, refunds the payment automatically. You don't have to contact us or your bank, and you'll get an email when your account is finished fixing up. It's going to take several more hours to complete. There are (or were, after this incident) a lot of you these days!
Looking through the hundreds of comments it is clear that some of the people found the apology was amusing. However, it made other people more angry.