The Misperception of Discrimination

Discrimination and segregation happens more then we want to admit. Ironically it has happened to me in my own hometown. As a writer, I sometimes have to break away from my everyday surroundings and just seclude myself to a private space, where I can be in my own thoughts which results me in renting for a room for the night or for a few days to have solitude and peace. Maybe have a guest come over, but mostly it’s to interview prospective individuals in hope I find an authentic story to include in “The Journey of Others.” Not only does this become disappointing, but the treatment from the staff becomes even more disappointing as well.

How I Realized The World Results To GasLighting

I’ve had two situations that resulted to a degrading experience. One being at the Red Roof Inn Sea World location, which due to an error from a staff member had me realizing that the afternoon staff member who told a hand full of individuals they had no rooms and a very few booked a room (is a illegal act of discrimination) but also after paying to check out the next day said I had to leave immediately as I was in the incorrect room (which he had all day to say something) after I came to bring up some concerns about having someone attempt to enter my room uninvited. Which I never got an explanation for or a return call after reaching out to corporate. The other incident s was at The Days Inn Downtown San Antonio which the staff tried to convince me a deposit that was never charged before was something I always been charged (which helping out a family member various times never resulted in one) which he took the “I think he’s insulting my intelligence” comment to the business Booking.com rep as a right to blacklist me from that hotel. Most people would say, just drop it, but then again I wouldn’t be a good social behavior blogger if I did.

What Was The Real Issue

In both accounts I have to admit they both did me a favor. At the Days Inn there was a shooting that involved a gun shot wound to the head in one of the victims according to my unnamed family member. The other with one of the guest I made friends with at The Red Roof Inn Sea World, one of the guest got sexually assaulted (that’s with the private security sherif guard) which like I say, the pandemic is enough in the trauma department for one day, which after reporting these issues still has yet to receive a call or email, which apologizing for the treatment would have been enough. Having a MBA makes me worry about the guest relations both these places have as the sherif was also found in my room after forgetting something without no notice. As a police officer, the only way this individual should have b access is by obtaining a warrant, which wearing his uniform puts his position as a officer of the law over private security no matter what your moonlighting as. It’s only speculation but the treatment I was given only correlated with those deemed as trouble, which having access to supPena the video could have lead to a legal battle that if made into a class action could prove both business were treating a certain demographic unfairly.

The Ugly Truth

I hate to break it to you but this is an actual thing happening especially in the COVID crisis. The actions that occur may not be intended to be as such but the cases of hotel chains being discriminatory is on the rise. Check out these articles one including a reporting from the New York Times. One of the shocking accounts is that hotels have recently been reported to victimize individuals to sex crimes as well.

https://www.couriermail.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/ive-been-through-hell-sex-victims-hotel-message/news-story/e6d57e3d1ec2ee14cb801ce04d5fbf84

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/01/travel/hotels-diversity-training.amp.html

https://www.hotelbusiness.com/report-motel-6-prepared-to-settle-discrimination-lawsuit/amp/

https://amp.abc.net.au/article/10887128

Have you been or suspected unfair treatment while traveling? How did you resolve the issue? When you reached out to corporate, did you get a follow up call? Was your initial call like mine when the “supervisor” said she will have someone reach out become a condescending conversation?

My final thoughts on how we fight against discrimination.

Stay health and stay vilagent my friends. In the words of my favorite band Aerosmith. The light at the end of the tunnel might be you. Have a great day everyone.

Your gurl,

Harvard from Da Hood

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda Lopez is a Texas Native, born in the heart of San Antonio's West Side Community. Frieda attended Lanier High School and primarily attended Memorial High School where she graduated with the class of 2001. Raised in a blended family dynamic, Ms. Lopez gained her noble character from the women she admired and loved the most, her grandmothers. Frieda attended Alamo Community College where she majored in Liberal Arts primarily studying on biology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and creative writing and shortly attended University of Incarnate Word. She gained a MBA from AIU and has actively participated in local fashion shows until she moved to Houston returning back August 2019. She began her career in healthcare, where she gained the skill of being able to not only resolve conflicts but reach out and engage in the community through her time serving as health care relations customer care and outreach representative. After being let go from her employer which she last served as a Customer Relations Representative for DentaQuest, she began her journey in retail where she came part of the leadership team a month of working as a part time representative for MarketSource and build a relationship with her local Target team. She later served five years with Amtel T-Mobile as a Store Manger after moving to Houston to pursue a management position with unfortunately ended in adversity which opened the opportunity of writing her first book "Journey of an Unraveled Road" will be releasing her second book a fiction based series titled "The Rideshare Chronicles" with the first book to the installment titled "Destination Destiny."

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