Erin Andrews had to handle a despicable stalker who followed her around the country and secretly taped her while she was staying in hotels for her job with ESPN. The stalker, Michael David Barrett, invaded her privacy and threatened her security by releasing nude video images of her to the Internet. He has made a guilty plea to interstate stalking, notes MSNBC.
Erin is now taking action against the 7 hotels that aided the stalker in getting information about her and her whereabouts when she was traveling for business. Hotel staffers released information about her room number to the stalker. They did not use common sense and they failed to protect the privacy of a celebrity.
Thus, Edwards is now suing Marriott Hotels, Radisson Hotels, West End Hotel Partners, the Blackwell Inn, Summit Hotels & Resorts, Windsor Capital Group, and the Preferred Hotel Group for negligence and invasion of her privacy. The NY Daily News reports that “the hotels told Barrett that she was staying there, revealed her room number and immediately provided a hotel room adjacent to hers.”
Would you stay at any of the hotels Erin is suing? I wouldn’t. It seems they have thus far been unable to keep at least one guest safe. Why give them another chance to jeopardize your safety?
Erin Andrews Hope to Help Raise Hotel Safety Levels
MSNBC notes that Erin Andrews hopes her lawsuit will help make hotel guests safer in the future. “I do hope that my experience will cause the hospitality industry to be more vigilant in protecting its guests from the time they reserve a hotel room until they check out.”
Hotels Allowed Erin Andrews’Privacy to be Invaded
It sounds like the hotels have a lot of explaining to do. You would think hotels that serve high level business guests would have very strict guidelines forbidding the staff to reveal any information about them.
Any hotel guest has a reasonable expectation of privacy while in the hotel room. A hotel should never release any information about a guest at the hotel to anyone. That is very unsafe and could cause the hotel guest to experience crimes such as kidnappings, rape, or worse.
The Marriott and Radisson are large hotel chains. They have served millions of guests. Are they too lax with their security procedures? It sure sounds like it. If Erin Andrews cannot have a good experience in these hotels who can?
Many hotels use staffers that are just out of college. Perhaps these young people do not yet have the gravitas to understand the impact of their actions. It seems hotel staffers in numerous hotels were very cavalier with Erin’s information and thus jeopardized her safety.
That is a scary reminder to all people who travel to use caution when in a hotel. You never know who might be lurking around. Hotels are typically rife with predators.
When traveling a lot for business I had some creepy experiences in hotels. This, despite staying in the top end hotels. There were occasions where I asked my room to be changed over odd events.
At one hotel in Atlanta I was already unhappy there because the all of the rooms were over an inside courtyard where music was loud until rather late. Then one night I came back to the hotel to find 3 workers drilling off the lock to my hotel room.
This alarmed me so I went down to the desk to inquire what was going on. They didn’t offer me much information so I asked for a new room. As I was checking out of that place I told them I’d never be back.
Too many people at hotels have access keys to the rooms. It is a dangerous situation to begin with. And then if hotels do not use due caution about releasing information about the guests to strangers it is a nightmare scenario.
Good Luck to Erin Andrews
Good luck to Erin Andrews as she pursues this lawsuit against the hotels and the stalker. She is a young woman with an amazing career. Every woman in America and around the world is most likely proud of her for the way she has handled the stalking crisis and moved on with her life.