This is f-ed up. So, chime in with theories…
Tonight (Monday June 13, 2016 at 9pm) I checked into the Homewood Suites by Hyatt in Greeley, Colorado. While checking in I noticed that I was behind a guy who was driving a Fire Chief truck. He was already being checked in when I entered the lobby and I happen to hear the clerk tell the Chief that he needed the make, model and license plate of his vehicle.
After remarking that he didn’t know his license plate, the clerk told the Chief, “No problem, I’ll follow you out and get it.” And when I heard that, I wondered why they were so aggressively needing our license plates? So I asked.
Here’s Where It Gets Weird
When I inquired about why they needed it, the clerk told me “It’s a law. The government requires it.” At which point I replied that I found that hard to believe, and mentioned that it seemed like a “civil liberties” issue to me. The Chief and I exchanged glances, kind of as if to share our disbelief, and then we both went outside to get our license plates.
When it was my turn to check in, I signed the paper he gave me and filled out my vehicle information, and the clerk began to explain that, “If they didn’t make me collect it, I wouldn’t. I mean, I only need to know your make and model in case I need to tell you the lights are on or something…”
Dragging the Law Into This
He continued telling me that the Chief of Police had personally come to the hotel and shown the City of Greenley ordinance requiring all hotels to collect license plates of all vehicles.
Now, I’m sorry. But I just don’t buy that. And I don’t care if someone is acting like an idiot, but I do care when they’re lying to me and trying to get me to buy into their lie. I don’t do it. Ever. And I called him on it.
I explained that I found it hard to believe, but even if the Chief of Police had asked him personally to collect license plates of vehicles, that doesn’t make it legal. There is a difference between what a police officer wants – and what the law says.
I’m Done With This Guy
At this point, I had my key, and this guy was still trying to convince me that he absolutely needed the license plates but I had already given mine and was done with him and ready to go to my room. And it’s certainly simple enough to prove him wrong:
- I could check the Greeley City website for any such ordinance.
- I could call ANY other hotel in the city and ask whoever answers if they’re required to collect license plates.
But I think we all know what would happen if I did either of those things. Still, several questions remain:
- I booked through Hotels.com, and they really only provide the name of whose staying. So why does the Hotel need more than that, and a credit card for incidentals?
- Why is this guy collecting my address, cell phone, and vehicle license plate number?
- What kind of nefarious things might they be trying to do with them?
- And does anyone believe the city would pass this ordinance? Because Google doesn’t think so.
According to the ruling, this information includes: “the guest’s name and address; the number of people in each guest’s party;
the make, model, and license plate number of any guest’s vehicleparked on hotel property; the guest’s date and time of arrival and scheduled departure date; the room number assigned to the guest; the rate charged and amount collected for the room; and the method of payment.”
So there’s that.
What do you guys think Homewood Suites by Hyatt is trying to do here???