*Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you ~ Mel Brooks*
In the first year owning the Motel, we left the “Vacancy” sign on, and allowed people to door-bell us out of bed. (Thank Goodness for Online Reservations! lol)
We had no idea that when we bought the Northern Lights Motel, that we were expected to become the Northern Lights viewing experts? (We believe this stems from Googling the “Northern Lights” and our Motel comes up.) Of course I had to draw a cartoon ~
20 years ago, there was no information on the internet for Snowmobilers looking to Ride
When Disaster Struck in 2012 – I never lost my sense of Humour ~
Bear Hunters at Chalet 1
When we purchased the Northern Lights Motel in 1999, all 3 Houses were rented monthly with year round Tenants. This is what Chalet 2 looked like when we bought the place. Yikes!! (We saw potential!)
When the tenants eventually moved out, we started renovations. We remember a Home Building Centre delivery, where the driver asked John what he was planning to do with the supplies. John explained to him that we were renovating the Chalets. His jaw dropped to the ground and he gasped “OH MY GOD! WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU DO THAT?”
He believed the Chalets should be bulldozed!
Need Some Furniture?
In 2000, two young fellows driving a U-Haul, asked if they could see a room. (In the early years, without Online Reviews, many people asked to check the rooms first to make sure they were clean). I happily handed them a key, as I clean the rooms myself, and I was confident that they would stay.
After looking at the room, they came back to the office and said that they would take the Room. They filled out the Registration Card & paid Cash.
In the morning, we went to clean the room, opened the door, and the room was EMPTY. Everything was gone including my beautiful new beds. The Motel was full that evening, but they backed up the U-Haul to the door, and emptied Room 28, without anyone noticing.
We couldn’t believe it! Before this, the only thing anyone stole were the towels. We looked around, we were surprised that they left the towels and had showered? John said, “Well yah. They must have been pretty sweaty after moving all that furniture!” LOL!
We shook our heads when we realized that they weren’t checking to see if the Room was clean – They were only checking to see if the furniture and beds were worth stealing.
Who’s in Charge?
A very young, sweet, girl, stopped in for a room last October. She explained that she and her boyfriend have been on the road all day and only want a room for 4 hours, to shower, nap, and then get back on the road. It was low season, so I quoted her our low season rate for a room. (It’s the same amount of work & expense for people staying 4 hours or if they stay all night.)
She was shocked! “But I only want it for 4 hours!”
When she realized that I was not going to lower the rate, she took a breath, rolled her eyes and said, “Can you please go and get your BOSS!”
2008 Hotel Scam from a Fellow in Guyana
Motel owners constantly deal with Scams, and 10 years ago, I thought that I might be able to get this fellow arrested. (But of course, looking back at it now, I understand that no one gets arrested.)
This guy from Guyana spent MANY hours on the phone with us, trying to book our whole Motel (16 Rooms & 3 Houses) for a month for his “Company” that was going to be in Wawa for business. We knew it was a scam, so we told him that it would cost $75,500.
The guy agreed and mailed us this cheque….
When we received the cheque, we gave it to the Wawa Police, but they had no use for it. They were just relieved that we did not get scammed.
The fellow phoned and asked us if we received, deposited, and if the cheque cleared. (A lot of people don’t realize that the bank will put this amount into your Account without the cheque clearing! Seriously… If Banks stopped doing this, many scams would no longer exist.)
To play along, we told the fellow that we received the cheque and that the Bank cleared it! Yay!
He was happy.
The next day, he phoned to cancel his reservation (Of course), and he wanted us to wire back all the money except for a few thousand that we could keep. How nice of him!!
So the gig was up, we laughed. I told the guy that we didn’t fall for his silly scam, and OH BOY….he was PISSED!! Screaming and Yelling at me….. threatening to SEND THE ROBBERS TO WAWA TO KILL US!!! Explaining that he knew who we were and where we lived because everything is on our Website.
I told him to tell the Robbers to bring LOTS of Bug Spray because it was Black-Fly season.
I did feel the need to report this to a Canadian Anti-Fraud centre, and explained that the fellow threatened us. The funniest ending to the story was that the fellow at the Canadian Anti-Fraud centre said,
“You do not have to worry. No one is travelling to Wawa to hurt you…”
“I’ve BEEN to Wawa.”