Man sues Hilton over 75-cent newspaper

Aug. 1, 2011 at 12:36 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A guest at the Hilton Garden Inn in Santa Rosa, Calif., filed a class-action lawsuit against the hotel over a 75-cent charge for a newspaper, officials say.

Rodney Harmon, 55, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He alleges the hotel chain deceived him and is also hurting the environment.

"He did not request a newspaper and assumed it had been placed there by hotel staff," his suit states. Harmon accused the Hilton of intentionally hiding the cost of the newspaper by using an "extremely small font, which is difficult to notice or read" on the sleeve of room cards.

The suit also says because newspaper readership and circulation have been declining, hotel guests are probably not even reading the papers placed at their doors. The unread papers are an "offensive waste of precious resources and energy," the suit states, adding "deforestation caused by paper production is a matter of concern and worry in this state, country and worldwide."

"The alleged consumer injury is substantial, causing millions of guests at defendant's hotels to unwittingly part with money for a newspaper they did not request and reasonably believed was provided to them without charge," the suit says.

Hilton representatives have not commented on the pending litigation.

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