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Hotel turns away injured soldier.

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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7596798.stm

Soldier is refused room at hotel

A soldier home on leave after being injured in Afghanistan was refused a room by a hotel when he showed his military ID card at reception.

Corporal Tomos Stringer, 23, from Gwynedd, was visiting a wounded colleague in Surrey when he was turned away from the Metro Hotel in Woking.

He spent the night in his car after being told it was management policy not to accept military personnel.

The hotel has declined to comment on the matter.

Cpl Stringer, of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, has since returned to Afghanistan but his mother, Gaynor Stringer, said he remains angry at the incident.

She said her son broke his wrist after jumping out of his wagon in Afghanistan. He was treated at a field hospital but was brought back to have it re-set and was on four weeks recovery leave when he decided to visit his friend in June.

Mrs Stringer, who lives at Pentrefelin, near Criccieth, said: "I can't believe this has happened to one of our soldiers in his own country. He just didn't know how to react.

"We've been to America and their military get treated like heroes over there.

"I think it's terrible they [UK service personnel] can't even wear their uniform with pride."

Defence Minister Derek Twigg said: "This case is especially egregious given that the individual concerned was on injury leave from Afghanistan and visiting an injured colleague.

"The government and, it is fair to say, the vast majority of people in this country, hold the professionalism, courage and contribution made by all those who serve, and have served in the armed forces in very high regard.

"I am delighted that the armed forces generally enjoy immense respect and gratitude on the part of the nation and that contrary sentiments are rare, though evidently they exist."

Caernarfon MP Hywel Williams said he intended to take the matter further when he had a reply to his letter to the hotel.

He said: "I was astonished when I heard the story from Mrs Stringer. I can't see why any hotel would want to refuse accommodation to a serving member of the armed forces anyway.

"Tomos was not in his uniform, he was a traveller like anyone else."

The Metro Hotel is owned by a company called American Amusements Ltd, also based in Woking. No-one was available to comment.
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
its disgusting.
#2
Assuming it wasn't because the hotel was full then this is truly disgusting.
#3
Deplorable, what is this world coming to when no appreciation or respect is shown for those who serve?
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Why did he show his military id? We are debating that a hotel should treat everyone the same then what's the reason to show I have a "military id" to state "I'm different" and need a different treatment to everyone else as a result of showing the military id? It is very unfortunate for individuals to be victims of a global decision and poltical actions. However in the context of being a victim , if this is any solace to being a victim, is a very mild form collateral damage not having a hotel room from the political fallout and strategic policies. At the other end of the scale, many civilian victims in Aghanistan and other war torn zones don't even have a home to go back to after the so called collateral damage after nearly 10 years, let alone a hotel room for a night. It is utterly deplorable whether is is mild or serious.
#5
splender
Why did he show his military id? We are debating that a hotel should treat everyone the same then what's the reason to show I have a "military id" to state "I'm different" and need a different treatment to everyone else as a result of showing the military id?


maybe they needed some form of identification?
#6
Do we know which hotel it was so we don't stay their?
#7
They've ****ed up big time - their reps gonna go down the pan like there's no tomorrow!
#8
splender;2891403
Why did he show his military id? We are debating that a hotel should treat everyone the same then what's the reason to show I have a "military id" to state "I'm different" and need a different treatment to everyone else as a result of showing the military id?


I disagree. It may have been the only ID he had on him. I carry my work ID in my wallet. I trust that discrimination laws would be brought into play here.
#9
M1LFHunter;2891418
Do we know which hotel it was so we don't stay their?

Metro Hotel in Woking.
[mod]#10
Disgraceful. :x

Here's the CONTACT US link for them at the Metro Hotel Group

I'm going to send them some abuse. :-D
#11
Syzable;2891443
Disgraceful. :x

Here's the CONTACT US link for them at the Metro Hotel Group

I'm going to send them some abuse. :-D


Just done exactly the same thing (except abuse :)) Hopefully others on here will do the same. They need to be told that what they did offends us.
#12
Predikuesi
Metro Hotel in Woking.
You are making the collateral damage bigger and this sort of indirect consequential damage should stop, we just hurt ourselves as civilians from the fallout of the wars. Soldier is boycot from hotel, and then others boycot hotel, and then employees at hotel looses job.. it just goes on and on stabbing ourselves and have internal strive!
[mod]#13
I meant abuse in the nicest possible way. It was a constructive email about why i think there policy is discriminatory and lacking in every possible way.

Plus i hope that people realise what a shocking company they are and that with any luck they'll be boycotted and go bust. :lol:
banned#14
Predikuesi
Metro Hotel in Woking.


I've stayed there, they are thick :x
banned#15
Syzable
Disgraceful. :x

Here's the CONTACT US link for them at the Metro Hotel Group

I'm going to send them some abuse. :-D


:thumbsup:
#16
splender;2891475
You are making the collateral damage bigger and this sort of indirect consequential damage should stop, we just hurt ourselves as civilians from the fallout of the wars. Soldier is boycot from hotel, and then others boycot hotel, and then employees at hotel looses job.. it just goes on and on stabbing ourselves and have internal strive!



So we just sit back while innocent people get abused? Would we say nothing if the person was rejected because of race, colour or religion?
#17
It is a known fact that the war is controversial. For whatever the reason , right or wrong, avoid the controversy, use another form of neutral id like everyone else: driving licence, credit card, electricity bill , council tax bill etc.. any one of the long list that a bank would accept as id. In principle, off duty, it is wiser not to show your works or professional id with ids like: police id, council worker, tax inspector, inspector, judge, prison record, estate agent etc..as you never know what the pet hate that some people have about certain types of people.
[mod]#18
They shouldn't have to cover up what they do and be ashamed. They should be proud.

If other people don't like it then tuff imo.
#19
splender
You are making the collateral damage bigger and this sort of indirect consequential damage should stop, we just hurt ourselves as civilians from the fallout of the wars. Soldier is boycot from hotel, and then others boycot hotel, and then employees at hotel looses job.. it just goes on and on stabbing ourselves and have internal strive!


You've got to be kidding me.

The other alternative is to sit by and let people be the victims of descrimination and abuse. Yeah, let's do that one - it sounds like the easiest option!
#20
splender
It is a known fact that the war is controversial. For whatever the reason , right or wrong, avoid the controversy, use another form of neutral id like everyone else: driving licence, credit card, electricity bill , council tax bill etc.. any one of the long list that a bank would accept as id. In principle, off duty, it is wiser not to show your works or professional id with ids like: police id, council worker, tax inspector, inspector, judge, prison record, estate agent etc..as you never know what the pet hate that some people have about certain types of people.


From that, I gather that you're saying "You shouldn't tell people where you work because you might recieve abuse". Um, WHAT? So 'good' people should hide away from potential bad people who shouldn't be employed to start with? You must live a very secluded life - stand up for yourself once in a while.

Next time I'm ID'd I'll pull my council tax bill out of my wallet and show it to a bouncer, just cuz you said so.

War controversy has NOTHING to do with the topic at hand. Stop posting.
#21
splender;2891531
It is a known fact that the war is controversial. For whatever the reason , right or wrong, avoid the controversy, use another form of neutral id like everyone else: driving licence, credit card, electricity bill , council tax bill etc.. any one of the long list that a bank would accept as id. In principle, off duty, it is wiser not to show your works or professional id with ids like: police id, council worker, tax inspector, inspector, judge, prison record, estate agent etc..as you never know what the pet hate that some people have about certain types of people.



But what is wrong with using a profession ID? It has nothing to do with one agrees or disagrees with combat. Is this a cover for personal axe grinding?
#22
splender
You are making the collateral damage bigger and this sort of indirect consequential damage should stop, we just hurt ourselves as civilians from the fallout of the wars. Soldier is boycot from hotel, and then others boycot hotel, and then employees at hotel looses job.. it just goes on and on stabbing ourselves and have internal strive!


Please tell me you are fishing...
#23
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7598523.stm

Own up. Who's being making the phone calls?


Soldier ban explanation demanded

The Armed Forces Minister has written to a hotel demanding it explains why it refused an injured soldier a room.

Corporal Tomos Stringer, 23, from Gwynedd, was visiting a wounded friend in Surrey when he was turned away and had to spend the night in his car.

He was on leave from Afghanistan after breaking his wrist.

The Metro Hotel, Woking today received abusive calls and apologised for a receptionist's "mistake" but minister Bob Ainsworth wants an explanation.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are very surprised that any company would adopt a policy to exclude members of the armed forces who generally enjoy great respect and gratitude for their professionalism, courage and bravery.

"Our service men and women make great sacrifices on behalf of us all, and they deserve our wholehearted support."

Corp Stringer, of 23 Air Assault Support Regiment, the Royal Logistic Corps, was refused a room at the hotel under its "no military personnel" policy.

He was visiting a wounded colleague in the area in June and was home from Afghanistan on recovery leave after breaking his wrist jumping out of a wagon.

He has since returned to Afghanistan but his mother, Gaynor Stringer, said he was still angry at his treatment.

The hotel receptionist asked to see his identification and when he showed his military ID card, she told him military personnel were not welcome.

Mrs Stringer, who lives at Pentrefelin, near Criccieth, said: "That was at 10 o'clock on a Sunday night. He slept in the car that night. He just couldn't believe what had happened.

She added: "I can't believe this has happened to one of our soldiers in his own country. He just didn't know how to react.

"We've been to America and their military get treated like heroes over there.

"I think it's terrible they [UK service personnel] can't even wear their uniform with pride."

Defence Minister Derek Twigg said: "This case is especially egregious given that the individual concerned was on injury leave from Afghanistan and visiting an injured colleague.

"The government and, it is fair to say, the vast majority of people in this country, hold the professionalism, courage and contribution made by all those who serve, and have served in the armed forces in very high regard.

"I am delighted that the armed forces generally enjoy immense respect and gratitude on the part of the nation and that contrary sentiments are rare, though evidently they exist."

Plaid Cymru Caernarfon MP Hywel Williams said he also wanted to take the matter further.

He said: "I was astonished when I heard the story from Mrs Stringer. I can't see why any hotel would want to refuse accommodation to a serving member of the armed forces anyway.

"Tomos was not in his uniform, he was a traveller like anyone else."

The Metro Hotel said it "sincerely apologises for any upset caused towards Cpl Stringer and his family following the incident at the hotel.

A spokesman said: "The hotel management has always had an open door policy to all its visitors and guests, including members of the military and armed forces, and will continue to do so."

He added: "On this particular occasion there was a mistake made by a duty receptionist and the hotel management sincerely apologises for that mistake."

Police were called to the hotel on Thursday lunchtime after the hotel claimed it had been threatened by "abusive" phone calls.

A spokesman for Surrey police said: "Officers were called to the scene because of claims of abusive, offensive and threatening phone calls towards the Metro Hotel.

"The calls were in relation to the soldier being refused entry."

The spokesman added: "We will monitor the calls to see if an offence has occured, if it has then we can trace the calls and further action will be taken."

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