‘This Is A Free-For-All’: NYC Hotel Worker Describes Chaos As Migrants Have Trashed Rooms, Brought In Drugs

  • To make the situation even more toxic, Rodriguez claimed that hotel management was not terribly interested in fixing the problem — mainly because the government was paying them more to house migrants than they would bring in from regular guests.
  • “Their self-entitlement is beyond belief. They believe that … the hotel is theirs, and they’re going to do what will what they want, and our general manager really [doesn’t] care about any of the workers’ toxic conditions or hostile conditions. All he cares about is the money. They wanted more money, so it’s easy money from the city,” he said.
  • Another hotel, the Watson — which has also “suspended operations until further notice” — has been the focus of a protest after a number of male migrants were instructed to move from the hotel to a shelter.
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