Hilton Sued Over Charging Man 75 Cents for Newspaper

Travel News — By christinegarvin on August 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

In more bizarro news, another way that tax-payers will undoubtedly be footing part of the bill is for a new lawsuit against Hilton hotels.

It turns out a man was charged 75 cents for a USA Today paper he assumed was free since it sat outside his hotel room door. Sure, the fact that the charge was on the sleeve of the room card in “extremely small font which is difficult to notice or read” isn’t cool. Nor it is right to place a newspaper in front of the door when a guest hasn’t requested one and then say it’s not free.

But filing a federal class-action lawsuit because newspaper readership has “drastically declined” over the past few decades and all those papers laying around the hotel are an “offensive waste of precious resources and energy”? Really?

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Though we don’t know how much Rodney Harmon of Sacramento is charging for the environmental destruction co-produced by Hilton, we’re guessing it a doozie since it’s a federal class-action suit.

We’re not sure if this is better or worse than the lawsuit filed by an Australian man against The Standard NYC hotel for it being too darn sexy (and that’s why a maid accused him of rape). At least one of the lawsuits about bed bugs had some merit.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for protecting the environment. But maybe suing companies has become just a little too easy?

Tags: bed bugs, Hilton Hotels, lawsuits, The Standard Hotel NYC, USA Today

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