Let me get this right, you can actually "claim" a Google Places listing that isn't your own if the listing hasn't been verified yet? I just went in and it merely asked me for my email account information even though I wasn't the business owner. I didn't claim it because I don't know why I would.
How is this possible or am I missing something? I'm trying to think from Google's perspective on why they would want someone who doesn't own the business to claim someone else's listing.