PLYMOUTH, Ind. — Two Asian men were denied a hotel room at a Super 8 Inn as well as a Days Inn in Plymouth this week over fears of the coronavirus.
Kaopra Lor and his friend were looking to a place to stay for the night, according to his Facebook page. When they walked into a Days Inn, the man working the front desk told them they could not give them a room. That’s when he started recording the conversation on his phone.
“Are you from China?” the Super 8 desk worker asked.
“Why is that?” Lor replied.
“You haven’t heard of the coronavirus,” the worker said. “It’s a major problem at hotels right now. We’re trying to keep the stuff from spreading.
The worker went on to say it was a company policy that they do not give rooms to people they believe might be carrying the coronavirus. The same thing happened at the Days Inn across the street, but the owner said Lor was turned away because he was recording the conversation on his phone, reports ABC 57.
Lor said in his Facebook post they ended up sleep in their car for the night.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, who owns both brands, but licenses the hotels out to independent owners, said it is not a policy to turn away people suspected of carrying the coronavirus and offer “sincere apologies” to Lor.
There have been 15 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States since the outbreak started in China a few weeks ago. None of them have been here in Indiana.
(PHOTO: Screencap of video taken by Kaopra Lor)
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