Posts Tagged ‘registry’

So-Called World Capital of Innovation Can’t Seem to Solve the Bedbug Problem – Here’s the Letter You Will Get

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

You know, after you been bitten hundreds of times by bedbugs, which, you know, are all over the place in San Francisco. Still.

Like at your hotel, dear Visitor.

Like, I don’t know, did the Hotel Whitcomb,change its name owing to some issue with bedbugs?

The old Ramada is now the new Whitcomb. But it’s still the same place:

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Oh, here we go:

Downtown Bedbug Attack Costs Ramada $71,000

(I don’t know if I’d call this area “downtown,” but anywho, wow.)

Now, let’s hear from Kris Betz, Hotel Whitcomb Director of Operations, to get a (somewhat) canned response to a relatively recent allegation of infestation:

“19 July 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry for any discomfort that you may have experienced and we are very concerned about what happened. We want you to know that it is our highest priority to provide our guests with the cleanest rooms possible. We have a dedicated inspection team of trained staff that inspects all our rooms to ensure that these cases do not arise.

As you mentioned that you did not find any evidence, so it is possible you could have encountered them elsewhere. Please note that this incident has nothing to do with the cleanliness of our rooms. Please rest assured that this is not a reflection of our facilities cleanliness, as we take pride in providing excellent service and the cleanest accommodations, for all our guests.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss any circumstances which may have occurred and please accept our sincerest apologies.

Kris Betz, Director of Operations”

I don’t know, man, I feel sorry for the Euros what stay at this place. They’re pretty much all gorgeous,* in-shape,* natural blond(e)s,* who just want to have fun in the 415, you know, they just want to pose for photos with big American police cars and fire trucks and stuff like that and what’s so wrong with that?

I feel sorry for them when they get shot and killed on Mason in Union Square or run over and killed by drunk drivers on Masonic or bitten 400 times by bedbugs during one stay.

I kind of feel that we’re letting these people down. I feel we’re shirking our obligations to our tourists. 

If I were Director of Operations at Hotel Whitcomb, I would engage in total war with the bedbugs.

And I wouldn’t write “Dear Guest” letters what discuss possibilities and evidence.

Just saying.

*Unlike me.

Brace Yourselves, Gordon Ramsay’s HOTEL HELL Show is Coming – Big Ad on Market Street, How Apropro

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Famed restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is moving on from restaurants to hotels starting today – HOTEL HELL debuts tonight on the Fox.

Check it:

If [hotels] suggest they will upgrade you to the honeymoon suite, don’t take it. I’m trying to be serious because it is somewhat shocking. I just didn’t think it could shoot that far. I’m talking about if you shake a can of Coke and open it.” 

OK fine.

Actually, GR, I was thinking that bed bugs might belong at the top of the list.

Market Street, USA:

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But, hey Gordo, are you going to come to the 415? We need you here.

Speaking of Market Street and bed bugs, here’s what the Hotel Whitcomb (renamed from Ramada Plaza not too long ago because of a massive lawsuit  involving bed bugs and ballyhoo) will send out to you if you report dozens of bites on your porcelain skin:

“19 July 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry for any discomfort that you may have experienced and we are very concerned about what happened. We want you to know that it is our highest priority to provide our guests with the cleanest rooms possible. We have a dedicated inspection team of trained staff that inspects all our rooms to ensure that these cases do not arise.

As you mentioned that you did not find any evidence, so it is possible you could have encountered them elsewhere. Please note that this incident has nothing to do with the cleanliness of our rooms. Please rest assured that this is not a reflection of our facilities cleanliness, as we take pride in providing excellent service and the cleanest accommodations, for all our guests.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss any circumstances which may have occurred and please accept our sincerest apologies.

Kris Betz, Director of Operations”

That’s how we roll in San Francisco’s corrupt Mid Market Twitterloin.

So sure, you’re covered in bites, but:

1. You probably got bitten somewhere else, not at Hotel Whitcomb!

2. Or maybe you’re just making things up, maybe you’re insane! 

3. Or maybe you’re not insane but you’re a criminal who wants to shake us down for, I don’t know, another big fat $71,000 judgment / settlement!

4. Or maybe you did encounter bed bugs in one of our rooms, but probably you didn’t experience any discomfort, right? Kind of a no harm no foul kind of thing!

5. And, in any event, our rooms are clean. Did I mention that before? Our rooms are clean. Can I mention this fact four times in five sentences? YES I CAN!

Save us, Gordon Ramsay.

Does It Still Have Bedbugs? Hotel Whitcomb (or Hotel Whit.Com) nee Ramada Plaza at 8th and Market

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

So there I was out getting exercise by getting those Billy Elliot rush tickets at the Orpheum Theatre* and I noticed the new name for this old hotel.

See? I totally read that as Hotel Whit.Com, ’cause, you know, I’m not hooked up right:

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But then I thought, oh, the Hotel Whitcomb, is that the place where they might have changed the name owing to some issue with bedbugs?

Oh, here we go:

Downtown Bedbug Attack Costs Ramada $71,000

(I don’t know if I’d call this area “downtown,” but anywho, wow.)

Now, let’s hear from Kris Betz, Hotel Whitcomb Director of Operations, to get a (somewhat) canned response to quite recent allegations of infestation:

“19 July 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry for any discomfort that you may have experienced and we are very concerned about what happened. We want you to know that it is our highest priority to provide our guests with the cleanest rooms possible. We have a dedicated inspection team of trained staff that inspects all our rooms to ensure that these cases do not arise.

As you mentioned that you did not find any evidence, so it is possible you could have encountered them elsewhere. Please note that this incident has nothing to do with the cleanliness of our rooms. Please rest assured that this is not a reflection of our facilities cleanliness, as we take pride in providing excellent service and the cleanest accommodations, for all our guests.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss any circumstances which may have occurred and please accept our sincerest apologies.

Kris Betz, Director of Operations”

I don’t know, man, I feel sorry for the Euros what stay at this place. They’re pretty much all gorgeous,** in-shape,** natural blonds,** who just want to have fun in the 415, you know, they just want to pose for photos with big American police cars and fire trucks and what’s so wrong with that? I feel sorry for them when they get shot and killed on Mason in Union Square or run over and killed by drunk drivers on Masonic or bitten 400 times by bedbugs during one stay. I kind of feel that we’re letting these people down. I feel we’re shirking our obligations to our tourists. 

If I were Director of Operations at Hotel Whitcomb, I would engage in total war with the bedbugs. And I wouldn’t write “Dear Guest” letters what discuss possibilities and evidence.

Just saying.

*Man, for $40 a pop, that’s the best live entertainment value in town, although I think it’s kind of random how good the rush ticket seats are – down in the Orchestra, up in the Mez, who knows. Now,you gotta show up two hours before the performance (at least two hours, and still there’s no guarantee that they won’t be sold out) so that’s your classical price discrimination in operation right there. Anyway, the fun ends August 21, 2011!

BILLY ELLIOT RUSH SEATS NOW AVAILABLE
30 tickets per performance will be offered at $40 per ticket.

  • Available 2 hours prior to curtain
  • CASH only
  • Orpheum Theatre Box Office ONLY
  • First come, First served
  • 2 per person

**Unlike me. 

Terminex Wants to Scare You About Bedbugs, So It Put Us #10 on the 2011 “Most Bedbug Infested Cities” List

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I don’t know, does it mean anything to put a bunch of big cities on a most bedbug infested cities list and then talk about how it’s not just big cities what get bedbugs?

I don’t think so.

Anyway, enjoy this recent list from the people who fight bedbugs, and then check out a retread post from last year:

“Annual List Identifies Where Bedbugs Bite Most Across U.S. New Terminix Top 15 Ranking Shines Light on Critters That Hide in the Dark

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – New York maintained its spot atop the Terminix Most Bedbug Infested Cities ranking, released by the company today. The rest of the list saw both the reshuffling of some cities that appeared on the company’s initial 2010 list as well as a couple of locations making an appearance for the first time. Terminix, the country’s largest provider of pest control services, has seen an increase in the prevalence of bedbugs in most states during the past year. The company expects bedbugs to continue to plague the nation this summer as travelers and homeowners encounter the tiny pests.

The 2011 most bedbug-infested cities include:

1. New York
2. Cincinnati
3. Detroit
4. Chicago
5. Philadelphia
6. Denver
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Los Angeles
9. Boston
10. San Francisco
11. Columbus, Ohio
12. Dayton, Ohio
13. Baltimore
14. Louisville, Ky.
15. Dallas”

And here’s the post from last year and the rest of what Terminex has to say after the jump.

Sleep tight.

 

I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled.

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.)

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco

 

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San Francisco Bed Bug Google Map – Did YOUR Neighborhood Make This Registry?

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled. 

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.) 

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco