“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he [the wounded man] was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds…and…brought him to an inn…” (Luke 10: 33-34).
Inns offering travelers a place to rest have existed since Greco-Roman times. Standards were, however, different in those days.
The inn might consist of a room in someone’s home, or a large building charging a fee to provide individuals or passing caravans with a meal and shelter. A traveler would be grateful to stretch out on the ground for a night’s sleep.
Glitzy as they may appear today, hotels are not always safe places for women.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that there were on average 7840 annual hotel and motel incidents qualifying as “violent victimizations” (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated or simple assault) between 2004 and 2008 .
In view of the recent attack at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, it would seem we must add mass shootings to the list .
But hotels may not file insurance claims for all losses, or report all crimes to police . Protecting the hotel brand is often considered paramount. Continue reading