January 9th, 2009 12:22 PM
Here are some stories that have happened to me when I was unarmed long ago.
1. Stayed in a motel while travelling through New York. Guy knocks on the door at 11:30pm. I checked the peep hole and a guy in his mid twenties was standing there with something in a brown paper sack. I said through the door what do you want? He said I want to talk to Trey. I said loudly you got the wrong room man. He asked again I want to talk to Trey, and I answer again no Trey, here you got the wrong room. I called hotel security and put a table in front of the door. He never came back.
2. I was staying in a hotel in South Carolina, as I was travelling with my father this time to a convention. 4:00 am or so heavy knocking on the door. I get up half asleep and look through the peep hole. A lady dressed in all black clothing. I yell you got the wrong room. Called the front desk but, she left by the time they got around to sending a guard to check.
3. This one happend in the late afternoon. I was coming out of my room and a car pulls up. Five men get out in very nice suits. They all look at me and ask if I had a light? I said no and hurried around the corner while he was still trying to speak to me. I wasn't even going to give them a chance to get close to me.
4. This happend to a good friend of mine. He took his family down to Orlando, and stayed in a cheaper motel in order to save money. They stayed on the second floor. Guy comes through the sliding glass door with a towel over his head. Robs them at gun point. Locks the kids in the bathroom and makes my friend and his wife lay on the floor while he takes their money. No one got hurt. They found out later there were several robberies reported at that location.
All the motels/hotels I stayed in I paid about 100 dollars or more a night so, they were not cheap places. I never stay in budget places for safety reasons. My friend however stayed in a cheaper place.
Anyone else have some motel/hotel stories? or stories were you were in a situation unarmed? I didn't carry anything back then..not even pepperspray.
January 9th, 2009 12:36 PM
My only hotel stories would be from me delivering...
It was all the same, lower budget hotels, when someone would order a lot of pizza, it was usually a room full of guys with a huge stench of marijuana coming out of the room...
January 9th, 2009 12:39 PM
I used to travel a lot for work when i 1st started here and luckily only had 1 real incident that comes to mind.
Guy i work with and I split rooms to make money on perdiem. About 6am i hear a noise that sounds oddly like someone sliding an entry card into our door(electronic lock style). 3-4 tries and then it stops. 6:15am i hear the same sound but this time i hear the lock roll back. For some reason, my buddy hooked the chain on the door the night before. Lucky for us, this paid off b/c the next thing we know there's a man's face in the small opening of the door screaming about how we're in his room and that he's got things still inside. English wasn't his first language, but we were very clear that nothing was inside when we checked in late the night before and that he needed to leave. He left once he realized there were 2 of us and 1 of him.
This threw us, so we packed everything up and took it w/ us in the car that day...even though we still had another night there. When we returned about 5pm that day, we found that someone had rifled through the room. All cabinets were open and the sheets pulled back as if someone was looking for something. Also found the window had been unlocked...which was locked when we left. We figured someone had a connection at the front desk or was scamming keys to rooms, breaking in looking for whatever, and then possibly paying a visit that night through the window. It was a multistory motel style place w/ all the doors exposed to the outside, free for anyone to access. The morning we left, we noticed that the screen on the room next to ours was pulled back...enough for someone to fit through if the window was open. Seems like our visitor had a pattern.
We were already alerted when we were checked in by a security guard. The place didn't run a 3rd shift...and now we know why.
This is in the same area (University & Alafaya) of Orlando where about a month or so ago someone was shot while checking into a hotel. Needless to say the next time i had to go down there, i stayed at the Hilton near the college and just had the company pay for it. Perdiem isn't worth all that.
January 9th, 2009 12:44 PM
ErickGr7: you stay at interesting places. I travel a lot, but usually stay at somewhat better hotels. Haven't had a lot of issues. What happens sometimes is that someone legitimately confuses doors (happened to me too). I personally haven't had anything stolen yet, but hear from others all the time. There are thieves that regularly roam the public areas of the hotel (e.g. meeting rooms) looking for stuff to steal. We once identified/caught one. They are not your average thugs but he worse a business suite to blend in. The problem of course is that you are in an unfamiliar environment with people you don't know, so it is hard to tell who belongs/doesn't.
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January 9th, 2009 03:16 PM
I was going to the Pennsylvania state IDPA championship match this year. There weren't a lot of hotels all that close to the match site, so I ended up booking a room online at a discount motel (I think about $70) a half hour up the highway.
I pull in just before dusk on my way up the night before. It's a decent looking place in a rural area---probably about fifty years old but in a nice log-cabin style, with a couple of separate buildings. I stop in the check-in lot and walk to the office. The office manager is just coming out and locking behind him, but he turns around and opens back up when I tell him I want to check in.
Out of more or less nowhere comes this woman in a fuzzy pink bathrobe and follows us both is. Odd, I think, but the manager doesn't even really look at her. The lobby is plain whitewashed walls and the manager retreats to his cubicle, which is on the other side of long wall, bare except for the smallest bullet-proof glass window I have ever seen. He putters around with the reservation. The woman, paying me no attention, is standing in the corner, having opened up her bathrobe so she could adjust the rather trashy lingerie she is wearing underneath. She was, I think, in her twenties but easily looking ten to fifteen years older than that, strung out and high-mileage---otherwise she'd probably have been fairly attractive.
I get my key, get back to the car, and pull around to the big building with the guest rooms. Two stories, log style. There are a bunch of cars there, and a lot of people hanging out pointlessly in front of their rooms, several staring at me, not so much with hostility or anything just at something that is breaking up the monotony of their days. I suspect if I just go ahead at this point and say "Welfare Hotel" you will pretty much picture it right.
The final straw in the camel's back was that my room was ground floor, and, in a nice architectural touch, the front of the room was a huge picture window and double French doors---that is, pretty much all glass without even the slightest bit of security.
I went in long enough to put my key down on the dresser (the room, while run-down, was actually clean and there were no signs of bugs), turned around, got back in my car, and left. As I left the driveway, the bathrobe chick was standing at the open passenger door of a big ol' red pick-up truck, robe hanging open. The word 'negotiating' popped into my mind.
I stopped at the highway on-ramp, called up hotels between me and the match on my nav system, and ended up making a reservation at a Microtel Suites about ten minutes away (about $110, IIRC). I got a good night's sleep there.
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January 9th, 2009 05:39 PM
Checked into a Casino Hotel in Wendover NV. My wife went to the slots and I went to the shower. I left my loaded Sig on the night stand. I heard the door bang shut then a lot of knocking. Turns out they rented the same room to both of us. He was in the room saw the gun and fled. I now put the chain on the door whenever I am in the room.
January 9th, 2009 06:40 PM
I'm feeling VERY thankful for having access to family member Marriott discount about now, never had to go with a "sketchy" hotel/motel.
January 9th, 2009 07:37 PM
I was at a seedy motel outside Daytona, and at about 2am a loud knock on the door woke me up. I look outside and there is this hot looking girl. As a horny young 21 year old I opened the door.
She said she thinks she just hit my car and asked me to come outside and look. Just as I was about to step out I see a shadow near one of the cars, and I can see a figure leaning concealed against another car close to the motel door.
Right away I knew this person was "hiding" from my view, but was unaware that they were casting a shadow in between the cars. And I knew something was up. So I stopped and eased back towards my door while asking what kind of car was it. The girl stammered for a second and said a "sedan" and I said "not my car, I'm not here in a sedan" and as I was watching her, and the shadow between the cars I walked back into the doorway.
She then tried to change the story and said she was not sure what kind of car it was. So I said "go to the front desk they can help you" and just as I was about to close the door she says "hey do you want to go to a party?"
At this point I was almost totally behind the door. I said no thanks and closed it. I quickly dropped to my knees and peered stealth like through the lower part of the window to see where the "shadow" had gone, and sure enough the guy was clearly seen standing in the parking lot now talking to the girl as they walked away.
I called the front desk, but I don't think they cared very much.
January 9th, 2009 08:33 PM
Pulled into a motel one night about 10:00 PM thinking a shower and good nights sleep [ if you can get one of those in a moter] would feel so good. I was just about to exit the pickup when something caught my eye in the lobby. The clerk was standing with her hands up facing a person at the counter.
My 357 Python was close so I picked it up and put the truck in reverse. I backed up blaring the horn and bright lights into the lobby spooking the BG who ran out into the night. The clerk called police and I got a free night with the motel people. Don't know when I got to sleep though after talking to police and trying to get off the adrinilin high.
January 9th, 2009 10:23 PM
Don't ask me why, but lots of people seem to go Condition Ultra White at hotels. I can tell you that 90% of the incidents are related to carelessness in the part of guests. BGs know that and that is why they target those places. It is good to see that you guys are smart enough to keep your Orange in high gear and make no mistake, From Motel Six to the highest & fanciest of Hotels, you will find some sort of crime. They just don't get reported much if at all.
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January 9th, 2009 11:21 PM
People on vacation in Orlando tend to leave their motel room doors open while in the room & then they wonder why they get robbed. It seems that when they go on vacation they leave their common sense at home. Any vacation area is a magnet for BG.
January 9th, 2009 11:56 PM
About 15 years ago I was staying in a hotel on business and unarmed. Because of a convention in the area I was forced to stay in a budget hotel about 40 miles away off of I-85. I was awakened about 10pm with the sound of male and female giggling in the hallway and then the customary sounds of the door to the adjacent room opening and closing. It wasn't long that a rythemic mattress squeak was audible and then the kinetic energy from the headboard on the opposite side of the wall being transferred to mine. I banged on the wall. Almost immidiately there was a roaring pounding on my door. I looked out the peep hole and there was one big burly biscuit eater on the other side. I figured it might be a nice night to be rocked to sleep. I did make a point to stealthfully exit my room the next morning.
January 10th, 2009 12:05 AM
My hotel rules.
Rule 1. Stick to what you know. I have a Hilton HHonors Gold VIP card and Holiday Inn rewards card. These are my preferred brands and chains, and 95% of the time I will stick to these. When I do stray to a "mom-n-pop" hotel/motel, it is only with the recommendation of trusted colleagues.
Rule 2. 2-6, inside hallway. Stay off the first floor. Don't go above the 6th floor, as ladder trucks won't reach that high in case of fire. If at all possible stay at a place that has doors that open toward an inside hallway, not the outside world.
Rule 3. The locks are on the door for a reason. Use them and consider bringing your own rubber doorstop and/or motion sensor alarm for the knob.
Rule 4. When in doubt, keep the DND sign up, especially if you work nights. Keeping the riff raff (cleaning staff) out of your temporary personal space is such a relief during a long stay. If you decide that you need to have your room cleaned or linens changed, call the front desk and have them send someone up while you're present and awake. Also, don't leave cash, valuables, or jewelery lying about in case the staff ignores or cannot read your sign. Why tempt fate?
Rule 5. If the room has a provided safe, chances are that the cleaning staff knows the override code. Bring your own way to secure your gun, etc.
Rule 6. Park where you can see your car from your room, preferably under a light and near the lobby. Avoid garages if possible. If not, find a space at the end of a row, or, even better, a "bonus space" with a pole, curb, wall, or some other way to keep the other cars away from yours. If parking in a hotel garage, try to get as close to the elevator or entrance to the lobby as possible.
There are plenty more tips I can give, but these cover most of it. I live in a hotel 4-6 months of the year and I've yet to encounter a major problem related to security or safety.
Edited to add:
Here is a pic of the "bonus space" concept. I found this one at the last hotel I stayed at.
Last edited by Chooie; January 10th, 2009 at 12:12 AM.
Reason: bonus space!
January 10th, 2009 12:13 AM
Earlier this year I was jolted out of a sound sleep by couple noisily entering my hotel room in the middle of the night. I don't know who was more scared - me or them. I came awake making a hell of a racket "GET THE [Edited] OUT!". Fortunately the room was dark and I don't think they saw the pistol I was bringing to bear on them, but those night sights sure popped against the rim-lit intruders!
Couldn't go back to sleep for quite a while!
Those crappy electronic locks will sometimes open with the wrong card, and the clerks sometimes make mistakes encoding new cards.
Serves me right for not having the deadbolt on, which I almost always do. Complacency kills.
Last edited by Captain Crunch; January 10th, 2009 at 01:36 PM.
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January 10th, 2009 12:33 AM
I agree with all of these points except for one. Having worked in 2 different hotels, one extremely high priced and the other average, the comment about the safes is absolutely false. In the high priced resort, only the security staff such as myself and management had access to the way to override the safe. It is not a code, but a device that must reset the safe with a palm pilot and an infrared device. The other lower priced hotel, only the manager had the ability to override the safe, but again I think it was with a different device not a code.
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