As everyone now knows, the APA did not book an overflow hotel for the Eastern Division Meeting in New York. Some people seem very angry with the APA, claiming that they irresponsibly screwed over possibly hundreds of people. Some people are not angry, and seem inclined to blame anyone who didn't book a hotel room as soon as they were reserved. After all, you can always cancel it at the last minute if you don't get any interviews.
I don't understand this reasoning at all. The hotel room problem is fundamentally quantitative, not temporal. The APA did not reserve enough rooms, and they didn't tell anyone what they were doing. It wouldn't have made a difference if everyone who is complaining had booked a room earlier. Although those specific people would probably now have a room, the same number of people would still have been shut out. Because the APA didn't reserve enough rooms. And that's a huge fuckup.