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Last Bastion of Discrimination Left in America

If those in the hospitality industry don't like you for whatever personal bias, they can simply put you on their Do Not Rent list and discriminate against you with impunity.
My disabled, senior citizen wife and I had been happily staying at the Seaside, Oregon, Motel 6 for over a decade. Then August 13th, 2006, we were assigned a substandard room with apparent evidence of bedbugs which I reported to the desk clerk in the morning.
When I tried to make a reservation to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary in November, I was told that Manager Lee Judson had put us on a Do Not Rent list sans notification. This list is generally reserved for prostitutes, drug dealers, skips and other felons and tortfeasors...!
I appealed to him to reconsider, after all, all I did was register a legitimate complaint about something as a professional I thought he would be interested in, but he remained adamant.
I visited the franchisee, Kim & John Wolf's home in Portland, Oregon, was told they like Judson and refused to take action.
I appealed to the parent company, Accor North America, COO Georges LeMener. His Customer Service told me we were welcome in any of Accor's 4,000 facilities.
Manager Judson did take us off one Do Not Rent list, but put us on another. Go figure.
I then appealed to Accor HQ, CEO Gilles Pelisson in France. He also said the light was left on for us, but Judson refused.
So I took my story to every local, state and federal agency from AARP to Web sites like this one including the media without any luck -- Judson stands firm.

"last bastion" of discrimination? 20.May.2007 17:01


Try being a different species. Then you might get to be that flesh from a tortured animal you have on your dinner plate. Or a monkey at OHSU's primate center, taken away from your mother at birth and shoved into a tiny cage alone for life, only to be taken out for painful experiments by your captors. We humans - all humans - have it pretty good, comparatively. I feel for you, but look a little deeper than your own experience as well.

Take action 20.May.2007 17:56

Standup Guy

Aren't there other motels where you can stay at the coast? Personally, if I stayed in a motel with bedbugs, I'd never go back to it, despite promises from the managers. You should report this motel to the BBB, Better Business Bureau.

Discrimination??? 20.May.2007 20:32


Although you point out that your wife is a disabled senior citizen...where is the discrimination in the motel employees action? Was there a ban placed on you because of your race, religion, gender, weight, disability, ethnicity, height, employment circumstances, sexual orientation or age? From what I've read...NO? Is there more to this story than told....probably?

Awful 20.May.2007 20:49


For your sake, I hope this crusade fails. They have bedbugs. You don't want to stay there.

what is "evidence" of bedbugs... 20.May.2007 22:18


I'd like to know for future reference.

Bedbugs 20.May.2007 23:25


Bedbugs like to hide in dark undisturbed places like behind headboards. They sometimes leave tiny specks of excrement in these areas, similar to cockroaches. The insects may be difficult to find, but infestations are typically concentrated on or about bedding or upholstered furniture, and clusters of the insects, their eggs and immature stages may be found on seams of mattresses, box springs and in folders of upholstered furniture.

Though bedbug bites can occur singly, they often follow a distinctive pattern of a linear group of three bites, sometimes macabrely referred to as "breakfast, lunch and dinner". These patterns of bites are caused when a bedbug is disturbed in feeding by a person moving, and then the bedbug resumes feeding. Bedbug bites also often occur in lines marking the paths of blood vessels running close to the surface of the skin. The effect of these bites on humans varies from person to person, but often cause welts and swelling that are more itchy and longer-lasting than mosquito bites.