This Hotel Security Guard Was Setting Fires in NYC Hotels and Here's Why
We've all been there with our jobs--so annoyed and frustrated and sick of the same damn BS that we've wanted to set it on fire and walk away. Ok, maybe we all haven't had that last thought but a hotel security director at the YOTEL in Times Square did and he acted on it too.
Fire marshals arrested Mariano Barbosa, Jr., over the weekend for setting fires at the Yotel in "an attempt to make the hotels less popular and his job more manageable." The NY Times reports further saying:
It appeared to fire marshals that Mr. Barbosa had grown tired of patrons at the hotels’ bars and parties, said a fire official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation. “He desired that the incidents would be blamed on the clientele, and if that was the case maybe they would curtail the parties, and the venues would be more manageable,” the official said.
Barbosa also worked at the SoHo Grand and it's alleged that he set fires there as well. Frighteningly, he had set the fires in hallways, stairwells and in front of exit doors to maximize damage. Great, now we can add this to our already depressing list of ways your safety at hotels can be compromised. #6. Beware the disgruntled security director. Fortunately, the fires he set were extinguished pretty fast.
While we will may be wary of security directors in the future, hotels can now use this incident to measure their success--your hotel ain't successful until the security director is trying to burn it down!