All residents of town banned at NZ motel

Hotel News - 23/04/2009

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Steve Donnelly, who owns the Supreme Motor Lodge in Palmerston North, New Zealand said that he was tired of their rowdy behaviour and decided that all of the town’s 16,000 residents would be unwelcome as - "each time they visited, our life became less exciting."

"I'm not Santa Claus. I can't figure out who's naughty and who's nice," Donnelly said. "So we went ahead and banned all of them."

According to the hotelier, he banned all the residents of the town after people from Wainuiomata checked in on three separate occasions over a six-month period, upsetting other guests at his 51-room property.

"We have moms and dads who come here with two or three kids to relax," the motel owner added. "They don't want some loudmouth spitting on the pavement, flirting with girls and swearing."

Even members of parliament are included in the ban, as lawmaker Trevor Mallard from Wainuiomata learned when he went to the motel to find out.

Donnelly commented: "He's barging in here with a TV camera, trying to book a room to prove a point. We just stood at the front door and said, 'You're not welcome here. Go away.'"

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