Wrong Room

An appeals court in Missouri upheld the dismissal of a negligence claim filed by a hotel guest who mistakenly entered the wrong room and climbed into bed with a nine-year-old girl. The man was charged, but acquitted, with lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor and fired from his job. The fact that he forcibly entered a room he believed to be his own cannot be blamed on hotel staff. 

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San Francisco Passes Law to Secure Rooms for Homeless After Shelter Outbreak

Blasting what many believe to have been a slow response from the San Francisco mayor’s office in protecting the city’s homeless from the coronavirus pandemic, the San Francisco board of supervisors passed an emergency ordinance to procure 8,250 hotel rooms for those with nowhere else to go.

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Hotel Breakfast

A Virginia appeals court overturned a woman’s conviction for defrauding a hotel restaurant by obtaining food without paying. The woman, who joined acquaintances staying at the hotel for breakfast, refused to pay $8 the hotel requested from her afterward for her meal. There was reasonable doubt as to the woman’s intent to defraud the hotel at the time she ate breakfast, the court ruled.

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