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Hilton Guest Suing Hotel Over 75 Cents For A Newspaper

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First off, we can see where this guy is coming from. Any kind of hidden charges or intended shady tactics are NOT cool when it comes to the cost of things. Especially when probably almost everyone assumes the newspaper left in front of hotel room doors is free.

But, this level of outrage over 75 cents seems a little much. BUT the better reason, of course, which has been added to the litigation, is that it isn't good for the environment to use so many papers that people are probably not reading anymore:

Rodney Harmon, 55, of Sacramento said he visited the Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport on March 28 and saw a copy of USA Today outside his door.

"He did not request a newspaper and assumed it had been placed there by hotel staff," said the suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Harmon didn't realize until later that a 75-cent charge for the paper had been added to his bill.

Harmon accused Hilton of deliberately hiding the newspaper charge by describing the fee in an "extremely small font which is difficult to notice or read" on the sleeve of the room card.

And then the lawsuit goes on to talk about the environmental implications, calling them an, "offensive waste of precious resources and energy." Which, like we said, are a much better reason to take issue with than the 75 cents. Though we understand his frustration over shady fees, no matter the size.

It'll be interesting to see who else jumps on this lawsuit, as it's being filed as class-action.

Do U still read the newspaper??

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16 comments to “Hilton Guest Suing Hotel Over 75 Cents For A Newspaper”

  1. 1

    Sometimes silly lawsuits are needed to change silly and sneaky practices.

  2. 2

    If you don't stand up to unethical people/companies, stand up for what's right, then you become a part of what's wrong in this world. Good for him!!

  3. 3

    not to mention the little bags the papers are put in……..it's a pain in the ass to bag those fuckin papers anyway…….hampton's automatically give free papers to the rewards guests, however anybody else that wants one can simply pick it up in the lobby for free. this guy does sound ridiculous though….it's $.75…..

  4. 4

    Throw. That. Stupid. Lawsuit. OUT!!!!
    Honestly, this fucker got nothing better to do with his time?
    75Cents???? Really???? Pay attention to your bill if you don't want the paper.
    Also to Hilton, if we are talking about US Today, please give that away for free. *LOL*
    I get newspapers at the hotels I stay at all the time, especially local papers. No charge.
    He can have a beef, but his suit is stupid.

  5. 5

    WTF?!?! If you can afford to stay at the Hilton you can afford the damn .75 paper

  6. 6

    this is why when i rent a room i only sleep on the floor and never ever take a shower or use their water…you're just asking for extra charges.

    that is a bit ridiculous, and i'm not talking about the lawsuit…those hidden fees…for every darn thing. it's like they set you up for failure…by putting the water bottles on the desk near the nightstand or filling up the fridge with 'items' and they're not free. soon they probably will tax you if you don't make the bed properly…better learn how to bounce quarters people!

  7. 7

    I used to work at Hilton and I know that I have definately made mistakes when I was new. It sounds like a new person was told that newspapers cost 75 cents. Then, the new person was told to put newspapers under the doors of Hilton Honors members. This new person probly didnt reallize that they get these papers for free.

  8. 8

    It's the principle of the matter, many people are got by hidden charges and most are a lot more than 75 cents. By taking them to court because he can afford to he is standing up for those who can't afford it and get done over by hidden charges.

  9. 9

    ahhh Hilton … still nickel & diming people I see. One of the reasons I left all those years ago.

  10. 10

    A foolish lawsuit that takes up courts time over absolutely nothing, a judge could be presiding over something that actually matters. America is so over litigious it is amazing.

  11. 11

    BRAVO!!!!! If he wins (and I hope he does) it'll set a precedent. Scum companies are always getting over on people with their fine print and hidden charges. Sure it's only a few cents, but multiply that by thousands around the country and world and Hilton is making a profit.

    I hope he wins and this sends a message to other corporations and their insidious practices.

  12. 12

    Yet more money being wasted on something absolutely pointless.
    In this econemy, if you are quick enough to moan about 75 cents, then surely you'd understand the costs that this 'lawsuit' will be. Fucking ridiculous!

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


    This practice of charging fees upfront unless you know about it beforehand and OPT out ahead of time is a shady practice. The hotel has some kind of deal with the newspaper people. If I got a paper at my door, I would have assumed it was a service like a mint on the pillow, considering what they charge to sleep there for one night. If they informed me when I checked in, I'd probably want a paper the next morning at .75 cents and would read it.

  14. 14

    I worked for Hilton and it is not a hidden fee. It is stated on the registration card that you sign when you check in that the USA will be sent to your room, and if you don't want it, you will be refunded for it. Sounds like another moron who doesn't read what he signs.

  15. 15

    I'm actually shocked that they don't give out free newspapers at Hilton Garden Inn. I actually manage a similar mid-range hotel, and we give out free papers. Not only that, but i've worked at a Hampton Inn before (which is a Hilton hotel!!), and we gave away free papers, too, but it was only to our Hilton Honors customers. So obviously, this fee that he was charged is not a corporate policy. And because of this, i'm thinking that MAYBE it's not Hilton's issue, but more so that of the actual franchise property. The only way I could really see this as being Hilton's problem (as a whole) would be if the specific property where the paper was purchased was owned by corporate, therefore making it not part of a franchise. On the other hand, I may not even know what i'm talking about b/c i'm just a GM, so I don't know everything about what goes on beyond the property level.

  16. 16

    Re: tbd12345 – Your quote: "this is why when i rent a room i only sleep on the floor and never ever take a shower or use their water…you're just asking for extra charges". I'm sorry, but if that's true, that is the DUMBEST thing that I have ever heard in my entire life. Why would you go and spend upwards of several hundred dollars A NIGHT to sleep on the floor?!?! Hell, I wouldn't pay 20 dollars a night to sleep on the floor! (on the other hand, I wouldn't WANT to sleep on the floor of a place that was 20 dollars a night). But using the water?! COME THE FUCK ON. I have a hospitality degree, and I can ASSURE you that no one is ever going to charge you for the water you use. The only hidden fees you need to be careful of are those for internet, concessions, and fitness, and that's usually only for resort areas like Las Vegas. And when it comes to the bedding, the only time I ever charge a guest for messing it up is if they leave blood stains, or if someone gets the towels EXTREMELY dirty (ex- I charged a baseball team last week for turning our towels orangeish-brown from all of the dirt from the field). But other than that, unless you're stealing something, you don't have anything to worry about. Now, if what you said is true about sleeping on the floor and such (meaning you use a hotel for shelter alone), then you just need to sleep in your car. Lord knows, it'd be more comfortable, and a hell of a lot cheaper.