Wounded Soldier Forced to Sleep in Car After Hotel Denies Him a Room

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    Wounded Soldier Forced to Sleep in Car After Hotel Denies Him a Room

    What is wrong with the UK?

    FOXNews.com - Wounded Soldier Forced to Sleep in Car After Hotel Denies Him a Room - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

    A wounded British soldier home from Afghanistan on sick leave was forced to spend the night in his car after a hotel refused him a room.

    Corporal Tomos Stringer was told by staff at Metro Hotel, in Woking, that it was company policy not to accept members of the armed forces as guests. The 24-year-old had traveled to the Surrey town to help with funeral preparations for a friend killed in action.

    It was so late that Cpl Stringer, who had broken his wrist jumping off an Army truck as it was attacked, had no choice but to sleep in his tiny, two-door car, arm covered in plaster.

    Cpl Stringer, of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, has now returned to Afghanistan, but his mother, Gaynor Stringer, from Criccieth, north Wales, told The Times that she is still furious about the incident.

    Im very, very angry. Its discrimination. They would never get away with it if it was against someone of ethnic origin, she said.

    She said they had received neither an apology nor an explanation from the hotel, which is part of a family entertainment center called The Big Apple and owned by a company called American Amusements.

    "In America, they treat soldiers as heroes, said Stringer, whose son joined the Army when he was 16 and has done multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

    The incident has prompted widespread condemnation from senior members of the Government, MPs, servicemen and their supporters.

    Legions of army men and enthusiasts are rising up in the forums of the unofficial British Army Web site to call for a boycott of the hotel.
    Mrs. Stringer, I consider your son a hero if he served in the fight against terror.
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    Those people who didn't give him a room should really be ashamed.
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    I would boycott the hotel and put them out of business you would be surprised what a handfull of former and current military can accomplish,sounds like discrimination against somebody for being in the military,here they would get the h*** sued out of them
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    Im very, very angry. Its discrimination. They would never get away with it if it was against someone of ethnic origin,

    There's the kicker right there. Some type of legal action should definitely be taken against that hotel.

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    Oh it gets worse, here's more details:

    Hotel barred soldier from staying night | UK news | The Guardian

    Hotel barred soldier from staying night

    * Simon Evans and Press Association
    * The Guardian,
    * Friday September 5 2008
    * Article history

    The Ministry of Defence demanded an explanation yesterday from a hotel which refused an injured British soldier a room because he was from the military.

    The MoD said Bob Ainsworth, the armed forces minister, had written to the Metro Hotel in Woking, Surrey, about its treatment of Corporal Tomos Stringer.

    The 23-year-old, from Gwynedd, was visiting a wounded colleague in Surrey when he was turned away from the hotel under its "no military personnel" policy, forcing him to spend the night in his car.

    At the time Stringer, of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, the Royal Logistic Corps, had been at home recovering from a broken wrist suffered jumping out of a wagon in Afghanistan. He has since returned there.

    His mother, Gaynor, said her son checked into the hotel during the day in June, but when he returned from visiting his friend the receptionist asked to see his identification. When he showed his military ID card she told him military personnel were not welcome.

    "This was at 10 o'clock on a Sunday night," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.


    "He slept in the car that night. He just couldn't believe what had happened."

    Derek Twigg, the defence minister, said yesterday: "This case is especially egregious given that the individual concerned was on injury leave from Afghanistan and visiting an injured colleague.

    "The government and, it is fair to say, the vast majority of people in this country hold the professionalism, courage and contribution made by all those who serve and have served in the armed forces in very high regard."

    Staff at the Metro Hotel, owned by a company called American Amusements Ltd, also based in Woking, were not answering the phone yesterday.
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    I hope that they get closed down
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    He should have stood at attention just outside their doors, to prove a point.
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    these people should be ashamed of themselves.
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    Oh my. Apparently the hotel owners have a very short memory, as they would surely be speaking German were it not for the British soldier.

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    Tommy
    I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
    The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
    The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
    But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
    But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
    But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
    The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
    O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

    Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
    An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
    Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
    But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
    While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
    But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
    There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
    O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

    You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
    We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
    But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
    An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
    An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

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    I think it's time for a building code inspection...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I think it's time for a building code inspection...
    Can the inspectors use hand grenades to gain access to hard to access areas?

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    Quoted from a secondary news source:
    "We went to Disney World with Tomos and the whole family was moved to the front of the lines. Everybody was standing up and clapping and cheering.

    "Here, soldiers can't even get a bed for the night."

    The time is long past when it has been socially acceptable to spit on soldiers in the United States, as it occasionally happened during and in the wake of the Vietnam War. Even the most rabid anti war people feel it necessary to at least pretend to honor soldiers.
    You know.. it says something when even the Brits - who many on this forum constantly mock (and with good cause sometimes) - speak like this. Seems that maybe Americans aren't so bad afterall, eh? Its a good measure of a society with how they treat their soldiers and wounded. It makes me proud to know that even a British soldier can come to the US and get a welcome with open arms.

    From what I understand the incidents of 'spitting' on soldiers was analogous for their treatment. Though I can't exactly say from experience. But she has a point. Even most people in this country - no matter how anti-war they are - know to at least pretend. Because there are a LOT of people here in the US who would deck haters publicly then go buy the soldier a beer.


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    Probably an unfortunate isolated incident

    Quote Originally Posted by SixBravo View Post
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    You know.. it says something when even the Brits - Its a good measure of a society with how they treat their soldiers and wounded. It makes me proud to know that even a British soldier can come to the US and get a welcome with open arms.

    American Amusements: Soldiers Not Welcome - Associated Content
    I have to wonder if the hotel would have turned away Prince Harry.

    No doubt this was an isolated incident of individual stupidity. Note the fast response of their Defense Department in condemning this act.

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