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I've been looking for somewhere to voice my complaints about the hotel business and I figure this is as good a place as any. I have worked in a local hotel (Days Inn) since I was 19 years old, (I'm 31 now). At first it was a great place to work. Then the property was sold by the American owner to an Indian man (acutally there is always about 5 hands in a hotel). In this transaction, the new owner kept desk clerks (because someone has to run things while the new owners are learning the computer system), but got rid of the housekeepers, all of which had been there for 7 years or more, people that cared about their work. I was a housekeeper making $9.50/hour. Now some people may think that isn't alot of money, but for my area, it was. The new owners took over, kept me, but at a pay cut of $2.25. So now I am making $7.25 in a management position. Four years later, property was sold again, see, for tax purposes, Indians "sell" their properties every four to five years to someone else in their "Indian Communtiy". In a matter of the four years of neglect, they managed to turn a quaint hotel into a dump. They dropped rates so low (we used to have rates of about $80.00 per night but now it is less than $50.00 in some cases and that is with a hot breakfast) that when a guest has a complaint, the manager just overlooks the problem because they paid such a low rate. I've even witnessed the manager accusing a guest of sabatoge just to get back money. When they took over, they cut our housekeepers that had been employeed with us for at least a year from making minimum wage cleaning rooms, down to $2.25 per room cleaned. Needless to say, those girls were able to collect umemployment. They hired an Indian couple to clean rooms as well as a girl from Honduras. Now, the Inidan couple gets most of the work, cleaning anywhere from 20-45 rooms per day, the Hondurian girl gets a call at home for 2 weeks straight that she can be off. The Hondurian girl cleans better than the Indian couple, but the Indian couple grossed $1, 227.00 for 2 weeks of work compared to $345.00 for the other girl. And the Indian couple lives on the property, so what kind of bills do they have that they need to make all of the money? If you ask me, It is discrimination. They treat the rest of us like criminals. The Indian boy on the desk had over $500.00 missing, I count the cash drawer behind him and It is $5.00 short and they made me put it back, even though I explained to them that he does not follow my directions to ensure each shift has the correct amount of money in the cash drawer.
Here was the reasoning behind all of this. Try to stay in American run hotels, and you do have the right to ask, (or just take a sniff when you enter the lobby, if you smell curry, don't stay there) They don't care about wheather or not you have a clean bed to sleep in or a clean tub to put your children in. They don't care about us. All they care about is how much money is going into their pockets so they can have a custom built home and a Lexus or Mercedees Suv in their driveway. There is an American Dream, but It is NOT being lived by the Americans. If this is going on in my little town in Southwest Virginia, I can only imagine how it is in other places. Our GOVERNMENT needs to take a look at the big picture and realize, people from other countries can come here and have better opportunity that even our Soldiers, the people who are risk their lives to protect us are coming home to nothing. Illegal immigrants are having children here, utilizing our welfare system (medicaid and food stamps) and our GOVERNMENT is allowing this. Any one of us may need to have help at some point in our lives, is it fair to be denied because funds are limited? I guess I'm really hoping that someone with some sense and actual love for what is here, in our home, will read this and get some wheels turning. Our economy? It isn't ours anymore!
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