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2014-06-13 at NOON

Rumours refuted: Tales of evacuees trashing hotel rooms untrue, manager says

By Jodi Lundmark,
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THUNDER BAY -- Rumours that Kashechewan evacuees caused upwards of $130,000 in damages to a local hotel are completely false, says the hotel manager. 

Reports began flooding social media networks recently, including Facebook and Twitter. The rumours were so widespread that Victoria Inn general manager Raymond Nadeau gave local media a tour of the hotel Friday morning. 

As many as 600 Kashechewan First Nation residents have been temporarily living in Thunder Bay after their community was flooded and have taken up residency at the Victoria Inn. Through social media many of those evacuees have been accused of smashing television sets, destroying hotel carpets and beds among other things. 

"The level of damage is equivalent to that of any busy business period we normally experience," said Nadeau, denying the validity of rumours of trashed hotel rooms.

The type of damage that regularly occurs can range from ripped wallpaper to children colouring on the walls and spilled pop on carpets.

There has been one window broken recently, but Nadeau said many windows have been broken since he's worked at the Victoria Inn.

"When we're talking about $130,000 worth of damage, it is nowhere near that," he said, adding it's normal wear and tear on a facility that size, something the hotel would be dealing with whether or not evacuees were residing there.

"I would be hard-pressed at this particular time to say I've had over $1,000 worth of reportable damage to the hotel."

Cleaning the carpets and window repairs are part of the hotel's normal operating practice and Nadeau said he hasn't made any claims for damages.

"I did have an incident that a young child kicked over an ashtray and that was compensated from her parents and that was to the tune of around $50 in damages," he said.

Nadeau said he couldn't imagine what $130,000 in damage would even look like when the full renovation of the hotel's lobby, including the main floor corridors, would cost about $250,000.




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Nfa16 says:
Gotta love stigmas. So sad that people think this way about these unfortunate people.
6/13/2014 3:29:09 PM
TBDR says:
6/13/2014 4:07:44 PM
Rubenicky says:
Raymond is a stand up guy, a really great boss and person.

The person who posted these claims should apologize.
6/13/2014 3:59:14 PM
unknowncronik says:
lol!!! rumors fly around this town too much & people believe everything they hear & think its the truth regardless of proof or not.

some of you need a rumor started about you & see how you like it...betcha u wont
6/15/2014 6:16:52 AM
boofer69 says:
$130,000 of damage seemed a little extreme.
6/13/2014 4:10:40 PM
Jimmy2 says:
It's sad to see this had to be diffused from one person starting rumours, soooo sad, but thank you for publicly proving one rude person wrong and everyone else that shared the rumors
6/13/2014 4:59:01 PM
Geordie says:
Don't believe every rumour, but also don't believe everything you read either.. go have a meal in the hotel's restaurant and see how things are these days.
6/13/2014 7:00:52 PM
Joey_J says:
Well done Raymond.
6/13/2014 9:52:46 PM
Curious says:
Let's hear from the folks that have to clean these rooms every day.
6/13/2014 11:07:26 PM
Ringettemom says:
My niece and her boyfriend both work at the Vic Inn.
Both have always had good things to say about working there. I called her after reading this story. She texted me back that the story is complete bs and they don't know who started it but they all know who put it on the Facebook page.

"The rooms are not trashed nor are it any different there than any other regular super busy time like big hockey tournaments or when other teams stay or having full buses of tourists in fact it's going pretty great! Who started this rumour has a hate on for the place or people trust me it's normal here"

6/14/2014 6:42:04 PM
Nitesky says:
Kicked over an ashtray? When was smoking allowed in city hotels?
6/14/2014 7:14:50 AM
teacher says:
I would assume the ashtray was outside the facility in the designated smoking area.
6/14/2014 2:35:57 PM
moi says:
I haven't stayed at the Victoria Inn for the past couple of years.
6/14/2014 9:21:42 AM
Duncan Debunker says:
Congratulations, you've earned the "Most Irrelevant Comment Of The Day" achievement.
6/14/2014 1:29:55 PM
moi says:
Perhaps I should have prefaced those words with..
"After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor.."
6/15/2014 9:32:28 AM
fastball says:
It's funny (and sorta sad, if you think about it) how rumour and misinformation seems to spread so much faster than actual fact.
6/14/2014 11:45:58 AM
unknowncronik says:
without rumors & misinformation, this town would only have the truth...imagine that!!
6/17/2014 10:10:53 AM
fastball says:
25 comments this morning on this story - and we're down to 16 now.
Someone's doing some selective deleting, no?
The new mantra here is CYA.
6/16/2014 1:12:52 PM
opinions2014 says:
I totally agree with you there Fastball...amazing so much for free speech and opinions, names were not mentioned at all.
6/17/2014 1:08:44 PM
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