Mo’s Cartoons & Comical Hotel Experiences
Steve S. and the gang of Bear Hunters in 2001 –
Check out Time?
One evening a fellow checked into a room while John was working the Front Desk.
The fellow asked John, “What time is Check-Out time?”
John answered, “Eleven”
The fellow asked, “Can I check out before Eleven?”
John said, “Of course.” and added, “You can check out 5 minutes after you give me the money. That’s fine by me too.”
We all know this person…
With the Motel name, some people assume we are Northern Lights Viewing experts? When I was explaining to a woman on the phone, that the Northern Lights are a rare phenomenon that can’t be predicted, or guaranteed to see when she stayed here, she barked, “The name of your Hotel is QUITE DECEIVING isn’t it?” (omg – LOL!)
In the first year owning the Motel, we did leave the “Vacancy” sign on, and allowed people to door-bell us out of bed. We quickly stopped that nonsense when this kept happening. lol
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!”
We all know this person….
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.”
Back in the years before the Internet, Snowmobilers had to Phone Hotels to find out what the Snowmobiling conditions were like. My Guests would complain all the time and tell me about the “Bum Steers” that they would get from many Northern Ontario/Michigan Hotels.
That was the reason I drew this Cartoon, but even though I thought it was Hilarious, the Snowmobilers didn’t laugh at it.
CLEARLY, I draw for my own pleasure! 😀