I won't be staying at a Marriott again. This, from the Stamford Advocate:
(Many thanks to gurdymonkey for the live link edit 8)
Short version: Defense lawyers (in a civil suit) accuse a sexual assault victim of negligence in her own attack, and have subpoenaed a number of acquaintances, thus "outing" her as a victim to any who hadn't been told. (Because, you know, if I got attacked, the first person I'd tell would be my Pilates instructor 8P )
The Marriott corporation may or may not own or manage the Stamford Marriott. I don't care. If the place has your name on it, either step up or remove your name. I've seen a number of comments to the effect that this situation has made potential customers feel that Marriott does not place a high priority on customers' safety (or womens' safety).
Thanks to zaduzbina for posting the link to the Jezebel.com article about this. Anybody know of activities of interest which take place at Marriott hotels? (According to the Birka website, it's a Radisson, but I haven't done the paperwork when I've stayed in the hotel...)
The thing that gets me is the hubris. I understand that a hotel has a deeper financial pocket than a rapist. I also understand that a sufficiently determined criminal can evade even the most dedicated security measures/staff. But do the lawyers go with the merits? NO! Of course not! "Who does this woman think she is? By G-d, we'll show her! Gotta make an EXAMPLE, BOY HOWDY!" Any pocket deep enough to be sued, must have the resources to hire an attorney who is wise enough to NOT COME OFF LIKE THE BIGGER JERK. I thought that was Civil Suit Law 101...