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Lastminute.com -- the discount travel and gift Web site -- appears to have a problem with its online technology. Yesterday, The Register received two phone calls from lastminute.com shoppers wanting to confirm their orders. They were told to ring a number because the online ordering system wasn't working. Somehow, they ended up ringing The Register by mistake. What's more, this was not an isolated incident. Vulture central has received at least half a dozen calls over the last week or so from holidaymakers looking to book their last minute flights to exotic destinations. One bemused traveller said didn't want to cause any trouble for Lastminute.com yesterday when he realised he'd phoned The Register to book his cheap flight. "I'm not going to give you a story, I just want to book my holiday, that's all," he said before hanging up. Before slamming down the phone he did confirm that he was unable to book his holiday online but admitted he may have misdialled the number. No official spokesperson from Lastminute.com was available for comment. However, someone did admit that the server does "go down" occasionally. "It's bound to happen sometimes," she said. ®

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