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Couple turned away from IL Hampton Inn because they live locally

Couple turned away from IL Hampton Inn because they live locally

Old Nov 20, 19, 12:49 am
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Couple turned away from IL Hampton Inn because they live locally

https://abc7chicago.com/society/couple-turned-away-by-hotels-no-kankakee-guests-policy/5704566
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Old Nov 20, 19, 12:55 am
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Not at all an uncommon practice in lower tier properties to not allow locals.




*YMMV on Hampton being lower tier
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Old Nov 20, 19, 2:32 am
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Originally Posted by RoyalFlush View Post
Not at all an uncommon practice in lower tier properties to not allow locals.




*YMMV on Hampton being lower tier

Not sure if that is an American thing? In UK/Asia/Europe, no issues what so ever.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 2:42 am
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I am not sure if it is an American Thing.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:06 am
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What is the reason for this policy? This is the first time I hear about this. A suspicion of adultery or prostitution ?
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:08 am
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I remember some "hostels" in the US that have a implemented a perimeter rule, which means you cannot check-in if you live within a certain perimeter of that property.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:12 am
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In some places, there could be concern that locals would mean parties. This might especially matter in college towns, but of course would depend on the type of hotel.

In a ma & pa motel, the owners might not want people conducting extramarital affairs, especially in small towns or particularly religious areas such as parts of the USA rural south.

OTOH some hotels encourage locals with airport parking packages, local rates (for example, discounts if you have an in-state driver's license), and certain rate plans such as weekend or romance rates and theater packages.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:18 am
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Reasonable or not, as Hilton said, per the news, the hotel is independent owned and managed. So I do believe the hotel can make its own policies, sound or not.

I would agree that was a strange policy, but not wrong about the policy.

I do believe that the owner's claim that the couple wanted money out of this.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:38 am
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It also seems that they didn't have a "no locals" policy, but rather a "no one who lives in [municipality]" policy.

If the area where they're from were significantly different in terms of ethnic makeup, that could be a civil rights violation.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:44 am
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The hotel must not have kjds at home
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:59 am
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In college, I was a night auditor at a Hampton that generally discouraged local business. Local walk-ins were generally the guests who created the most problems (mainly damage, noise complaints from other guests). For locals with no status, we'd generally make it clear that our policy was to preauth their card for $250 in incidentals and make clear that if it was a debit card, this meant that their bank would effectively take the money out of the account for at least a week. Since most local walk-ins were paying debit or cash (where we'd take a $250 deposit refundable on housekeeping inspection at checkout), that was typically a strong deterrent.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 4:42 am
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For a small town i could maybe understand, but for a city this is crazy policy.

Staycations are a thing. I've gotten a hotel room in my city for a nice break away.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 4:49 am
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Huh. Learn something new every day. I guess I was lucky on my past mattress runs.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 5:38 am
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In the article, Hilton also noted that the policy has been dropped by the hotel.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 6:01 am
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The hotel is in Bradley IL a suburb of Kankakee.

Bradley is 95% white and 1% black population.

Kankakee is 45% black, 45% white, 10% other.

The couple is black.

It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out what was behind the hotel owner's 'policy' of not allowing people from the 'other side of the suburb line' to rent a room.

He obviously had never read US v. Heart of Atlanta Hotel.
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