Man Sues Hilton Hotels Over Unwanted 'USA Today'

Posted Aug 2nd 2011 10:00 AMUpdated Aug 2nd 2011 10:30 AM

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An unwanted copy of USA Today has one California man suing mad, literally. Rodney Harmon is suing Hilton for charging him 75 cents for a copy of the paper that he didn't request.

Last March, Harmon spent the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport. As he was leaving the next morning he saw the USA Today at his door, but left it where it was.

Days later, reports The New York Times, Harmon caught a glance of the fine print on his room key pouch that said he would be charged for the paper unless he specifically un-requested it.

His reaction? To file a class-action lawsuit last week in federal court in San Francisco, accusing Hilton of deliberately hiding the newspaper charge in a practice that's deceitful, wasteful and harmful to the environment.

"Mr. Harmon and this law firm believe there is more at stake than 75 cents," Harmon's lawyer, Kirk J. Wolden, told The Times. "It exemplifies the types of advantages that, unfortunately, we see companies taking of you and I and everyone else every day."

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the suit charges that since USA Today's readership and circulation has drastically declined over the past several decades, most hotel guests probably aren't reading. Thus, the wasted papers are an "offensive waste of precious resources and energy."

Hilton did not comment on the matter.

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James M McD

"Hilton did not comment on the matter." REALLY!?! YA DON'T SAY!! WELL, NO, FLIPPIN SHPIT, SHERLOCK!!! They are ALL a bunch of FLIPPIN IDIOTS!!! Charging people for a newspaper that they don't even read. What kind of moron cameup with THAT idea?!

Those are not the words I WANT to use, but it's on here so I hafta be nice & use words that can be read by anybody of any age. So those are the words I will have to use here. But you know what I REALLY mean tho.

September 30 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smik

Why is it you can never find a lawyer for a legitimate lawsuit but you can always find one for something frivolous

September 02 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xalacrosse

I read the fine print and did not have a paper. I believe they need to ask if you want the paper not if you do not!

August 02 2011 at 8:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
nanscott100

What about unwanted lawsuits? What a freakin moron. I hope the hotel puts him on it's "unwanted guest "list.

August 02 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nanscott100

What about unwanted lawsuits. What a moron. Hope the hotel puts him on an 'unwanted guest' list.

August 02 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Eli White

Give me a break. Wake up and stop the crazy suing. That is what is wrong with this country, too many damn lawyers.

August 02 2011 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fliingv

this is someone who got beat-up on the playground one time too many.

August 02 2011 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gbelter777

funny stuff

August 02 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xalacrosse

I read the fine print. I did not get a paper. Most people do not see the fine print and most people do not want the paper in the morning.
I believe they should ask people if they want the paper not if they do not.

August 02 2011 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
David

get a life

August 02 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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