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Man arrested after staying 80 nights in hotel and being unable to pay bill

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Police in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, have arrested a 65-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of fraud after he was unable to pay the bill for staying 80 consecutive nights at a hotel

According to police, the man checked in to the business hotel on Jan 5 and stayed there every night until April 4, broadcaster NTV reported. When he was asked when he would pay the 881,100 yen bill for accommodation and meals, he told the hotel management he was unable to.

The hotel called police. The man, who has no fixed address, was quoted by police as saying, “I thought I would be able to pay the money soon.’' However, he did not say where he expected to get the money.

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When he was asked when he would pay the 881,100 yen bill for accommodation and meals, he told the hotel management he was unable to.

That hotel deserve it, they only ask for payment after he stayed 80 nights.

Now that men is being moved to another "hotel" that being paid by tax payer.

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Let's hope the hotel management learnt something from this incident.

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What do you expect when you don't require credit cards to book a hotel room?

And 80 nights? At least get a down payment up front.

Or collect at least once a week. Not after 11+ weeks.

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Hotel management should be fired for letting that happen. I have never been able to stay at a hotel without paying up front.

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Robotic Japan at its finest.

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Hokkaido again? What demonic forces are at work?!

Or, more sanely speaking, perhaps the guy is just a world-class swindler.

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Isn't this a private matter in which the police cannot intervene? That's usually what you hear from the police during such payment disputes.

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I haven’t stayed any hotel that didn’t secure the money first during checkin. Any extension would require adjusting balance, putting deposit etc. This hotel must be very unique.

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John that’s because you are a foreigner.

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I haven’t stayed any hotel that didn’t secure the money first during checkin.

John that’s because you are a foreigner.

That’s true of hotels but often not of minshuku, at least at many of those on the 1,200-km pilgrimage trail in Shikoku. I’ve always offered payment up front but have been asked to settle the bill in the morning at departure at least half the time. And I am obviously a foreigner.

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That hotel deserve it, they only ask for payment after he stayed 80 nights.

No, they didn't deserve to get ripped off. No one does.

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When he was asked when he would pay the 881,100 yen bill for accommodation and meals, he told the hotel management he was unable to.

That was his mistake. He should've given them a date and then push it off, as needed. Never say what you're thinking out loud.

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He stayed 80 and he should have talked his way into another 30 or even 60 days. After 80 days the hotel staff have realized that they may have made a mistake. But the poor guy had nowhere else to go and it's still cold up there. Another month and the weather would have turned.

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