A terrible nightmare happened when my youngest daughter (Isa) and her friends decided to hold a cupcake party at a mickey mouse hotel called Malayan Plaza last night.
In honor of the group’s November birthday celebrants, they decided to get together and book a room at the hotel.
Charged a fee of P5,000, they found the amount worthwhile since the room also had a kitchenette. (Don’t be deceived by their youngish looks: though you’ll mistake them for high school students… they are actually well-educated, successful working girls, individually earning above-average salaries.)
After paying, it was downhill all the way.
On their way up, they were accosted by an over-zealous employee who rudely informed them that the soda drinks they were bringing (3 family size Cokes) needed to be charged a corkage fee of P500 each.
The same with the food they were lugging with them.
My daughter reasoned that the hotel room’s kitchenette (with facilities to heat or cook food and to cool drinks) was a prime reason why the group chose Malayan.
Unmoved, the employee reiterated… it’s final: P400 per dish.
As they were settling into the room, hotel personnel barged right in – Metrocom style – and announced that they needed to make a headcount.
One of the rude employees forcibly opened the bathroom. (Thank God, no one was using it… or he’ll be behind bars now… or at some nearby hospital with a face needing major reconstruction.)
They left – but not before boldly announcing that another headcount was happening after an hour’s time.
My daughter and her friends left in a huff… and continued their cupcake party at home.
Bottomline: It’s okay for all hotels to have rules. But the crude, uncivilized manner the rules were enforced at Malayan Plaza is inexcusable.
Cancelling their license is something that should be seriously considered.
The management of the micky mouse hotel on Epal… este, Opal Street should apologize to the young girls. Individually. Immediately.
Or, suffer the wrath of a very angry parent.