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Dec 31, 1969 11:00 PM GMT

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Aug 25, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

That is a damn shame. Theres always someone trying to prey on people trying to have a good time. I wouldn't be suprised if it was someone who worked for the hotel. Good luuck recovering the stolen items.

Aug 26, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

It sucks tohear ofthis happening.Theft is unfortunately quite common at conventions.I assume this is why one room had ripped caution tape outside Saturday?I saw it on the way to the vendors late in the afternoon.

Hotels these days usually have theft disclaimers in the room rental agreement.Especially if they are huge chains.Suveillence camera systems and security staff really hike up room rates so they put disclaimersin room rental agreementsto relieve them of having to have that expense as well as the expense of lawsuits as a result of theft by staff members.

Now,if there was proof a staff member did it, they could still get sued and be liable.But a staff member can easily get a key/key card.No need to use a crowbar.

I have renters insurance on everything I have.Renters insurance is about the same amount of hassle as getting a hotel to replace stolen items depending on the hotel/hotel chain.

As for the poop.....the program used to design this site,has an anti cussing feature you can turn on and off.The designer can choose which words to censor and what words to use to censor them with.

Aug 26, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
Kingobad Replied:

Dude, if stuff like this really pissed you off, don't read a paper, watch the news, or look at the internet either.

As a previous hotel manager of both hotels large and small, I though I would weigh in on this one. Even steel doors with a steel frame and electonic locks will not stop an interested party with a crowbar. Unless they are in the room with the deadbolt thrown and the ubolt engaged, the room is vulnerable.

All hotels request that valuables be stored in the safe or at the front desk. Parading a bunch of expensive easily sold equipment into a hotel room can be like parading a large screen tv and high end computer into a house in a bad neighborhood. All eyes will be on you, especially the ones who really want your stuff.

Hotel security can mean everything from a large spread of digitally recorded cameras monitored by a security team, to any evening staff that might be available and a vhs with no tape in it for the camera above the front desk. Unless it is the former, there will probably be no cameras in the halls (maybe the ground floor, pool, business center, etc. - places where the hotel has something to lose).

More than likely, it was a friend of a housekeeper that eyeballed your friend's equipment or someone casing the lobby or parking lot. Conventions bring lots of distracted people who throw their stuff in the room and are away from the room for long periods of time. Your friend was more likely targeted for his stuff rather than his age, otherwise they would be scoping him out for a strong armed robbery instead of a theft.

The hotel is highly unlikely to advertise any thefts or crimes in their hotels. In fact, they will do whatever they can to minimize the PR nightmare it can cause. Ultimately you are responsible for storing your stuff and keeping yourself safe. The hotel staff is going to call 911 just like you are. You would not be likely to stop someone entering your own home either (barring an alarm, which no hotel will have).

Crime is crime and the son off a divaes that perpetrate it cause victims to be victiims. The sense of loss and pain of being violated sucks to no end. I hope they catch the bastards, and I hope your friend gets his stuff back.

Aug 26, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

I'm sorry to hear that this theft happened--but I am not surprised at the reaction of the hotel. I found the Radisson to be totally inflexible and unwilling to serve customers--not to mention that the place is extrememly run-down and poorly maintained. SPAH was wonderful--the accomodations were much less than I would have expected. . .

Aug 27, 2009 4:40 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Why bother with the anti-cussing feature?Minors.

Being a photographer who is a member of various photographer/model networking websites and a webmaster myself you begin to realize just how muchtrouble a membership website owner can get into when it comes to "adult language".

Aug 27, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

I guess I was lucky. I had many thousands of $$ worth of inventory there - wheeled it from room to my vendor table every morning and back to my room every night.

Aug 27, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
Kingobad Replied:

The hotel SHOULD help fascilitate the investigation for your friend. (they should run a security audit anyway when something like this happens). Just because they can't be held responsible for the crime doesn't mean that they shouldn't be just as upset that a crime happened in their hotel and be doubly helpful.

The real problem lies in the fact that this will go wholly uninvestigated, and your friend will probably never see his stuff again. Unless the hotel staff is cooperative in reviewing lobby tapes, etc. then i'm afraid the investigation will not go anywhere (the police have taken the report and that will be about it).

It sounds like the Radisson is an older, mediocre to poorly managed hotels that may not be hiring the best of staff. Probably makes money in it's location regardless of management, otherwise you could expect better. Most hospitality folks would at least be empathetic and helpful during something like this. Security is one of the top priorities for a guest in a hotel, but if the staff isn't on board -well - your friend got the result.

I would at least post a warning (a nasty one perhaps?) on their website or other websites about the security issues at the hotel.

P.S. I think the Colt Python is a fantastic solution to the issue. Unfortunately, you gotta be there to man it when the jackasses break in to your place. Nothing like weeding the bastards out of the gene pool.

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