Now the mother of the girl killed in Boston a few years ago is suing the hotel where it happened, because they weren't keeping an eye out for criminal activity (meaning her daughter trying to work). This country has enough of the Busybody Syndrome as it is, without another nanny-stater looking for recruits.
They will not win. As tragic as that incident was, that is not the hotel's fault in any way, including legally. One cannot claim that a business is liable for not protecting a visitor who entered the hotel solely to engage in criminal conduct from the very unfortunate consequences of her criminal conduct. This is a problem with the "legal industry" and moral fabric of our society and ultimately undermines what we all want: individual responsibility for one's own actions.
It was the hotel's CCTV system that caught the suspect as he was leaving, using his cell phone in fact which correlated to the time stamp on the video. This was a key piece of evidence that led to his arrest.
I agree that the suit is without merit. Any effective system of preventing people from hooking up for sexual dates would be so restrictive as to be a major affont to the public.
How would one "prove" to the hotel that your purpose in entering the hotel is not to engage in sex for pay, or other illegal activity?
and that is what lawyers for the plaintiff are hoping for.
I can't wait for the press conference where the mother proclaims her suit is "not about the money" but the hotel needing to take responsibility to protect their guests regardless if they were conducting illegal activity and went to great lengths to circumvent the rules.
If I were the hotel, I would turn around and sue the mother for loss of business due to bad publicity because she didn't do a good enough job raising her daughter with adequate morals and values.