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japsterboro Posted on 8/7 13:14
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Just heard from a work colleague that some London hotels were charging extortionate rates for people immobilised by yesterdays events ... some paying 250 per night for an 80 a night hotel room.

They're just feasting on the events which I find very disturbing.

boroboy75 Posted on 8/7 13:16
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Taxi drivers put their tariffs up too, apparently.

ScarboroSmoggy Posted on 8/7 13:16
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Taxi drivers will be doing the same also without a doubt.

Nedkat Posted on 8/7 13:16
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In the wake of Hurricane Charley, several hotels tried this little number. The state government was informed, and those hotels were faced with paying all the money back, and an extremely hefty fine. It's illegal over here, call it gouging, and maybe the Brits ought to follow suit.

sidcup Posted on 8/7 13:20
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Name and shame the lot of them. Can't believe some people or maybe I can.
Would be really disappointed if it were true of the London Cabbie though.

japsterboro Posted on 8/7 13:20
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I'd love to see that happen here Ned. It make my blood boil.

When it comes down to stuff like this, it makes my stomach churn. They may as well be checking the pockets of the dead for cash as far as I am concerned.

Nedkat Posted on 8/7 13:25
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We were 4 days without power after that sodding hurricane had blown thru. And 4 days here in 97 deg heat is pretty damn miserable. I had loads of beer supply, but I was running out of ice on day 3, so I jumped in the car and went looking for bags of ice. I drove around 30 miles south, and found some ice for sale in this small store in Naples. Went in, long Q of people, grabbed three 5lb bags of ice, and when I got to the front, the bugger behind the counter told me the price was $12:00 a bag .... !! Normal cost is more like $1:20. I bought the ice, called the owner a money sucking advantage taking leach on humanity, and when all was back together I reported the festering wart for price gouging. He was fined along with the rest of 'em.

ScarboroSmoggy Posted on 8/7 13:28
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Nice one Ned.

boroboy75 Posted on 8/7 13:32
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Where was that Ned?
Apu's kwik-e-mart?

Nedkat Posted on 8/7 13:32
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Who can find out which hotels are doing this to people ? Let's get a list going, and write to the Telegraph etc ..

Like Sid said,"name and shame the lot of them" ..

75, it was a small mexican store, but I don't think it was race related.

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the_fresh_ponce Posted on 8/7 13:35
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If there's money to be made, people will make it. I can't fault them.

towz Posted on 8/7 13:37
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That's Capitalism for you.

grantus Posted on 8/7 13:37
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Exactly, might not like it, but its fair.

japsterboro Posted on 8/7 13:38
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"If there's money to be made, people will make it. I can't fault them"

Are you sick, thick, both or just craving attention? Making profit from disasters like yesterday is sick, wrong and immoral. Ponce, I can see you as one of those Ghouls, going through the pockets of the dead following an air disaster..

Nedkat Posted on 8/7 13:40
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I do hope we're not going to have another day of arguments ... !

Ponce, get a grip lad. Your losing touch !!

towz Posted on 8/7 13:40
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How much money do arms companies make from selling weapons that kill people?

the_fresh_ponce Posted on 8/7 13:43
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"Are you sick, thick, both or just craving attention? Making profit from disasters like yesterday is sick, wrong and immoral. Ponce, I can see you as one of those Ghouls, going through the pockets of the dead following an air disaster.."

So, if you owned a hotel, you wouldn't capitalise upon such an opportunity? I know I would.

Opportunism makes a business man a good one.

sidcup Posted on 8/7 13:44
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For gods sake people, we all understand supply and demand but the moment you take morality out of the business equation you are on the way to hell in a hand cart.IMHO

Nedkat Posted on 8/7 13:44
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You will never get to Heaven acting like that !!

towz Posted on 8/7 13:45
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We're on our way already pal, see yesterday's events, 9/11, Iraq etc.

japsterboro Posted on 8/7 13:46
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Ponce - I am a very commercially minded business man, and I assure you, I wouldn't profit from such an event.

I wouldn't call it oportunism at all.

I would have thought people in the community closest would be the least likely to want to ptofit.

grantus Posted on 8/7 13:46
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I agree that its morally reprehencable, but people have always made money out of other peoples' misery and misfortunes. Why is this any different?

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the_fresh_ponce Posted on 8/7 13:47
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"You will never get to Heaven acting like that !!"

Heaven is for fannies.

Nedkat Posted on 8/7 13:49
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The point is ! It shouldn't happen !

If there was a large car crash outside your door, and you ran out and helped people, actually prevented some from meeting their maker, carried a few injured into your front room, gave them blankets and cups of nice hot sweet tea. Would you present them with an inflated bill when they left ?

grantus Posted on 8/7 13:51
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No but the dude who comes along and tows the car will. As will the taxi driver / bus driver who takes them home, as will the chemist who supplies them with the medication they need, as will bupa for the medical care they recieve.

These hotels are unlikely to be supplying beds to the injured victims though are they?

Grrreds Posted on 8/7 13:52
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High Horse derby this one.

It's called supply and demand. I have what you want, how badly do you want it and how much do you want to pay for it ?

HUMBERRED Posted on 8/7 13:52
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Listening to talksport this morning and apparently these allegations are way off the mark. The Hilton in fact was giving people that were stuck a 50% reduction. It also said that before the bombs went off the hotels across the capital were 93% full so all that was left in most cases were the dearer rooms.

red_rebel Posted on 8/7 14:09
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On my other board London based poster were offering beds, sofas, living rooms to sleep in for thsoe affected and even offereing people lifts home to Watford, eading and all over the shop.

No charge. Still, that's those naive socialists for you.

OnAMission5 Posted on 8/7 14:18
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I know someone who was driven from London back up to the midlands by a taxi driver for free.

That was after trying to find a hotel room that wasnt 400 ffs!

Kilburn Posted on 8/7 14:31
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Just to correct the taxi allegations, London cabs were charging standard meter fares, as required by law.

boroboy75 Posted on 8/7 14:34
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Kilburn, and everyone abides by the law don't they?

Butters1406 Posted on 8/7 14:47
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ive heard totally different stories about the taxis.
Apparently their pulling over outside tube stations and bus stops, telling people which direction they are heading in and letting people get in for free who are travelling that way, whilst still managing to go about their everyday jobs and earn a living.
If the stories are ture about they hotels they do need naming and shaming.