Days Inn employee fired for harassing guest


A Days Inn desk clerk was fired for yelling at a guest who ate yogurt from the resort’s breakfast bar.

Joshua October, 25, a singer from Boston, Mass. not too long ago accomplished a two-night keep on the Days Inn in Norfolk, Va. for an area efficiency. During his Wednesday night check-in, October helped himself to some chilled yogurt containers from a standard space the place breakfast is served. October says staff noticed him take the meals and allowed it.

The following night, earlier than catching a trip to his soundcheck, October popped into the lounge for extra yogurt, which caught the eye of a male desk clerk. “He’s screaming, ‘You can’t take that yogurt, it’s not breakfast,’” October tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I said, ‘What’s the issue? The door is open and there’s no sign for the yogurt.’ He didn’t want to hear it.”

“I couldn’t grasp what was going on so my first instinct was to record,” October shares. “He was intimidating me with his crossed arms, so I ate the damn yogurt in front of him.”

“He was calling me ghetto, saying I was in prison,” October stated on his tape.

“Come on, boy. Come on, prison boy,” stated the clerk. “Look at this hair he has, looks like a f***in’ mop. Look at that sh** all over his face,” about October’s facial tattoos.

“Look how this guy is treating a customer,” responded October.

The man cackled to himself, saying, “I think you better leave before you get yourself in trouble, son.”

October warned that after his video went viral, the employee would lose his job. “I don’t care,” stated the person. “You think I’m worried about this job? Do you really think I care about this job? I ain’t going to lose my job over you.”

After telling October to “get the f*** out of here… before I call the cops,” the person appeared to name somebody. “Yeah, I don’t care about this chump,” he stated to the individual on the telephone. “He’s a little f***ing street punk, that’s all he is. He ain’t nothing to me. He’s always been nothing, he’ll always be nothing.”

A Days Inn employee in Norfolk, Va. was fired for insulting performer Joshua October who ate a yogurt from the resort lounge. (Photo: BVA Photos/Bernard Vernon Addo)

October requested for the person’s identify and he answered “Cujo,” after the fictional rabid canine from the 1983 Stephen King movie. The employee instructed October he appears to be like like “something that came off the damn trash pile” and the video ended.

“That messed me up the whole day,” October says. “I already have anxiety and this triggered it. He was profiling me — for my race and appearance. To him, I looked like a gang member.”

A consultant for the Norfolk Police Department didn’t return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for info. A spokesperson for Wyndham Worldwide, which owns Days Inn, tells Yahoo Lifestyle the employee was fired by the resort’s proprietor.

“The comments made by this individual are deeply troubling and are in no way reflective of our brand values or our expectations of franchisees,” the model stated in a press release to Yahoo Lifestyle. “Upon learning of this incident, we immediately reached out to the hotel’s owner, who has since informed us that the individual in question is no longer an employee of the hotel. We extend our sincere apologies to this guest, who will be receiving a full refund from the hotel along with additional compensation as a goodwill gesture on behalf of the brand.”

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