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Thursday 23rd of May 2013
Hilton sued for unwanted newspaper
A lawsuit has been filed against Hilton hotels after a man from California was charged for a newspaper he did not request, but which was left outside the door of his hotel room. Rodney Harmon of California is suing the hotel firm for billing him 75 cents for a copy of USA Today.
Mr Harmon was staying at Sonoma County Airport’s Hilton Garden Inn when he claims a copy of the newspaper was left outside his room by staff. The 55-year-old said he was taking out the class-action lawsuit on behalf of all the other guests who may have been forced to pay for a newspaper without actually wanting one.
His lawsuit claims that the charge for the newspaper is added to the paper sleeve which holds a guests room card when it is handed over at check-in. It adds that the font is very small meaning that it is hard to read and may go unnoticed by customers. Mr Harmon also claims that when he received the invoice for his stay there was no mention of the word newspaper.
The Hilton group is being sued for around $5 million. Mr Harmon went on to say that providing unwanted newspapers was a waste of energy and resources and was counter to the government’s efforts protect the environment by cutting back on unnecessary garbage and conserving precious energy resources.
The lawsuit points out that there may be substantial consumer injury as millions of guests are apparently paying for what they may reasonably consider to be a gratis service. Hilton is still to comment on the matter.
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