Hotel-Charging Scam Exposed!

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It only involved five bucks, but still, I hate being bamboozled!

At my Miami hotel last Friday, I ordered a coffee by the pool and was a little shaken that it cost five dollars, but that's not the scam I'm talking about here.

I paid it in full in cash (plus tip) and got a receipt saying so.

The next morning, I had breakfast at the hotel and again paid in cash and got a receipt.

The rest of the day, I was out, at press lunches, screenings, and dinners.

When I checked out on Sunday, my bill surprisingly included a $5 coffee that I supposedly had the previous afternoon!

The day I was out!

It was completely bogus, since I never had that coffee and besides, I never told anyone my room number to bill anything to, since the coffees I did have were paid in cash.

They removed it, but I felt really soiled, especially since I've given the New York branch of the Standard Hotel so much press.

Not very chic, freaks!


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9 comments
Ediddy626
Ediddy626

Everyone needs to calm down, I work in a hotel and it is not done as part of a big elaborate sceme to take your $5.  Someone else who was in the hotel wrote your room number down when presented a check and billed it accordingly.  I can assure you the hotels are eating much more of the cost when it comes to customers not not paying than making additional money on these incorrect charges.

Nonplussed
Nonplussed

Well now they know the Musto giveth and the Musto taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Musto.

anonTWO
anonTWO

You have sharp eyes, the hotel probably does this to their guests on the regular and I'm guessing most people don't catch it.

5 dollar coffee is not as bad as the 5 dollar bottle of dasani water I purchased at the movie concession stand a few years ago - NEVER AGAIN.

The Eunuch
The Eunuch

They'll learn: it's not wise to f**k with Mother Michael!!

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

"Clerical Mistake"...is how they nickel and dime you...multiplied by 500 rooms.

Fudge
Fudge

I've gotten charged for valet parking when I didn't even have a car. And for using the minibar when I wasn't even in the hotel all weekend. It's pretty shameful what they try, but just fight it. And look out for your credit card bill because they can still try to sneak it on there.

Val
Val

Even when it's only a few dollars, it does hurt to be taken advantage of. Not very chic is right.

VonD
VonD

Carry a stainless steel water bottle, a flask, or a canteen. The environment, especially the creatures of the sea, will be thanking you a trillion times over!

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