|No More Marriott For Me!
||[Aug. 14th, 2009|09:33 am]
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The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is claiming that a woman who was raped in their parking garage on October 10, 2006 "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities."
This is in response to the lawsuit brought against the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa by the woman who says that the hotel should have prevented the attack.
Her attacker, Gary Fricker, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a plea deal. He confessed to the crime of holding the woman at gunpoint, robbing her, then sexually assaulting her in front of her two children. He also threatened to sexually assault one of her children as well.
It is unclear when during this attack that the woman and her children, who were age 3 and 5 at the time, should have tried to "mitigate their damages." (Perhaps the 3-year-old should have grabbed for the gun while the 5-year-old subdued the attacker.) It is also unclear what the woman's tennis partners, Pilates instructor or the children's baby sitter have to offer on the topic, but the hotel subpoenaed them all the same, thus effectively outing the woman who had otherwise been identified as Jane Doe to help preserve her privacy.
Whether or not the hotel bears any responsibility for the attack may be up for debate, but it should be obvious that the woman herself does not. Sadly, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa does not seem to agree.
To speak up about the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and its victim-blaming, here are the people and places to contact:
For the hotel:
Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
243 Tresser Blvd
Stamford, CT, 06901
(203) 357-9555 (phone)
(203) 324-6897 (fax)
General Manager: Joe Kelly
For the hotel's owners:
Meyer Jabara Hotels
7 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 798-1099 (phone)
(203) 798-2620 (fax)
CEO: Richard Jabara
For Marriott International:
10400 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, Md. 20817
(301) 380-3000 (phone)
CEO: Bill Marriott
Bill's Blog: http://www.blogs.marriott.com/
2009-08-14 02:43 pm (UTC)
We'll Be Staying At A Fancy Marriott Soon
So I called and asked them what else she should have done. The customer service rep read me a prepared statement. I said that wasn't enough. Since I would be staying at a Marriott soon, I would need specifics on what she should have done, so I could take similar precautions. I said that I wouldn't feel safe without the tips.
I explained that I had just discovered the Renaissance chain and had been excited about staying there, but I probably wouldn't go to any more because I wouldn't feel safe staying at them.
I said that the woman in the story had two small children and the hotel's lawyers said that she could have defended herself. I asked the rep to give me details of what the woman should have done. I told her I wanted the details so I could take proper precautions since I would also be traveling with a child.
I said that since Marriott wasn't interested in protecting its guests from attacks, we won't stay there any more and that I will warn other women that the Marriott chain is not a safe place to stay.
The rep took my reservation number and told me that someone from Corporate will be calling me back.
I will also manage to mention the details of the lawsuit ask what safety precautions I should take at the desk when I'm checking in for our stay. If it wasn't part of a package, I would change hotels.
2009-08-14 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: We'll Be Staying At A Fancy Marriott Soon
2009-08-15 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: We'll Be Staying At A Fancy Marriott Soon
On the one hand, jesus fucking christ what were they thinking arguing it that way?
On the other hand... I'm not sure I would blame a business for me getting raped on their property unless they were employers of the person who did the raping, or set things up in a particularly dangerous way so that one could reasonably expect the environs to be dangerous.
They could have fought the lawsuit in almost any other way and won... but saying they're not responsible because it's HER fault she got raped? I think they'll get their asses handed to them.
I'm rather glad that Orycon is moving out of the Marriott.
Suggestion: go after the franchisee (owner of the property), as they are the ones with the troglodyte legal counsel (and management approving such tactics).
That said, I dropped Marriott a suggestion that they pull their franchise(s) from that franchisee owing to the franchisee's medieval ideals reflecting VERY poorly on Marriott International, Inc.