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This is Not What You Want to See At Your Hotel

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  Site Where: | Setor Hoteleiro Sul, Quadra 02 - D, Brasilia, Brazil
September 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM | by | ()

This looks like more than just a "case of the Mondays."

A guest at the Saint Peter hotel in Brasilia today took a hotel employee hostage, forcing him at gunpoint to wear a vest containing explosives and then paraded his hostage around on a 13th floor of the 424-room hotel in front of news cameras.

Ultimately, the hostage-taker released the victim and surrendered to the police, with no physical harm done to anyone (although we imagine the hotel worker will probably be affected for the rest of his life. As it turns out, the kidnapper was using a fake gun to order around the hostage and to warn the other guests in the hotel.

Apparently, the whole thing was done out of political motivation as the hostage-taker was calling for "stricter enforcement of a Brazilian law that forbids politicians convicted of corruption from running again for office." Well, we can certainly understand the frustration over that but taking an innocent hotel employee hostage and forcing him to wear a vest of explosives is probably not the best way to go about it.

Then again, here we are talking about it. Sigh. For now, let's just file this under "Things we never want to see at our hotel."

[Photo via the WSJ]

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White House Shooter Captured While Chilling at a Hampton Inn

November 16, 2011 at 3:57 PM | by | ()

[Photo of a different Hampton Inn]

Look. If you fire a round of bullets into the White House, you will be found and arrested, even if you've checked in to a hotel hundreds of miles away from Washington DC, in Pennsylvania.

This is the case of 21-year-old Oscar Ortega, who on Friday used an assault rifle to hit the side of the White House (and some bulletproof windows) from his SUV on the road. President Obama was away at the time, but the reasons for Ortega's shooting haven't quite been deciphered. They do, at least, have the man in custody after a hotel employee at the Hampton Inn in Indiana, PA recognized Ortega from news reports.

No word on how Ortega paid for his nights at the Inn when he's believed to be mentally ill and formerly camping out at Occupy DC.

[Photo: Herald Tribune]

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Forget Little Bo Peep! The May Fair Hotel Has Lost Its Sheep

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  Site Where: Stratton Street, London, United Kingdom, W1A 2AN
October 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

The May Fair London is missing something very near and dear to their hearts, and they'd like to know if you can help them out for the reward of a big bottle of champagne.

It seems that one of the unofficial mascots of The May Fair Bar has been stolen! He's a little black sheep named Bertie, a piece of furniture that apparently delighted one local drinker so much that they decided to take him home. Now, guests steal a lot from hotels, we know, but taking a major piece from the public spaces? That's a new level of low; now other visitors won't get the chance to smile at Bertie or prop up their feet on his shaggy back.

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Budweiser Commercial Reverses the Roles in the Strauss-Kahn Case

May 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

By now you're already totally aware of the shake-ups at the International Monetary Fund, as the former chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned after being indicted in New York for sexually assaulting a housekeeper in his tony $3,000-per-night suite at the Sofitel. The story gets creepier as more of Strauss-Kahn's history is unveiled, but let's put all that aside for the moment.

In early 2010, Budweiser released a commercial that depicts a humorous version of events, if the roles were reversed. We're not making light of the Strauss-Khan accusations, just pointing out this ad, which flips the players and makes the maid into the provocateur, with the guest as the innocent.

Currently Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in a multi-million dollar building in Lower Manhattan. He's far away, both literally and figuratively, from minibars and turndown service. Let's hope it stays that way.