Submitted on Sun, 09/13/2015 - 1:17pm
By Marc Norton - Marc Norton Online, September 8, 2015
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are not the official position of the IWW and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone but the author’s. The author is a member of the Bay Area IWW General Membership Branch and UNITEHERE Local 2.
Almost five years after I was illegally fired from my job as a bellman at Hotel Frank, the current owners of the Union Square hotel at Geary and Mason (now called Hotel G) are telling guests that there is no luggage service, that if they want to get their bags to or from their rooms they are on their own, and that if they want to store their luggage there is a roped-off area in the lobby where they can dump their bags, without any guarantee that they will be there when they want to retrieve them.
Hotel management recently instituted this goofy practice in order to keep me from coming back to work at the hotel. Quite a backhanded complement to my perceived organizing and troublemaking ability, don’t you think?
Here is an email that Matthew Rubenstein, the Associate Sales & Social Media Manager at Hotel G, sent to a potential guest:
We do have a place in the lobby where you can store the luggage – it is a roped-off area by the front desk. Unfortunately we cannot transport the bags up to the room.
And this, also from Mr. Rubenstein, responding to a question about the security of the “roped-off area” in the lobby:
Personally, if it were me I would be fine leaving anything outside of laptops/cameras etc.
Here is a photo of the “roped-off area” in the lobby. Note that there is a woman, presumably a hotel guest, going through some of the stored luggage:
Note that the luggage is blocking a doorway. That is the door to the stairs from the basement, where the housekeeping office and the employee break room are located. With this door blocked, the only access to the basement is via the elevator. I wonder what the Fire Marshal might think of this.