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Woman Arrested For Trying To Sleep Overnight On Couch In Santa Monica Hotel Lobby

Alert Police Blotter: She Could Never Leave.

Posted Apr. 9, 2013, 9:19 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

Santa Monica police arrested at 41-year-old woman on Wednesday, March 27 who decided to sleep on a couch in the lobby of a hotel and refused to leave.

At 1:25 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the hotel in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue after they had heard about the woman who was refusing to leave.

When they arrived at the luxury hotel the officers spoke with members of the hotel security staff who told them what had happened.

The woman in question, they said, had entered the hotel approximately two hours prior, and had requested a room, using her credit card to pay for a room.

Problems began when the credit card was declined, and after being informed of this, the woman then requested a free room.

This request was, not surprisingly, denied, and the woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the hotel lobby.

The hotel staff then asked this woman to leave the premises to which she informed them that she was not prepared to oblige.

Instead, she decided to go to sleep on the couch inside the lobby.

The officers approached the woman (who was still on the couch) and asked her if she would leave the hotel.

She told them that she would not, so they arrested her per a private person’s arrest.

This woman was charged with trespass, and bail was set at $1,000.

The woman evidently did, as it turned out, get her free room, sans the amenities she had probably hoped for.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.

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Apr. 9, 2013, 1:47:15 pm

Angel said...

If the woman in question is mentally ill then your joke at the end is cruel and unbecoming of a profesional journalist. Let me give you a hint: Would you have made the same joke if that woman was your mother?

Apr. 9, 2013, 3:10:54 pm

Beryl A said...

There is the "Editor's Note" just above that, perhaps, you overlooked. It's highly unlikely any harm was done considering that no names were mentioned.

Apr. 9, 2013, 3:47:47 pm

rick said...

I never understood the harsh inhumane, insensitive snobbiness the writers for this paper display. You guys gleefully rejoice when the homeless, mentally ill, down on luck individuals get kicked in the ass in this god forsaken city. 'Minor editorial' does not mean such senseless remarks. "Show some class" is a phrase not applicable here, since your class sensibility shows who you are, or what you strive to be. More like, show some compassion. Tim Broughton...you're a typical, out of touch, West L.A. douchebag. Go for a walk a long the beach. Stare at the horizon. and breathe

Apr. 9, 2013, 7:04:14 pm

RR said...

The one positive about this article is that it's readers recognize the snarky elitist tone. "who decided to sleep on a couch" could have just as easily been "who apparently had no other place to sleep" There isn't even a hint of compassion here, on the contrary it's written like a feel good fluff piece. A sad comment on present day S.M. and btw Tim her stay in Jail won't be "Free" she'll most likely be fined enough to have covered the 3 hots and a cot and the hotel room combined, not including the $1000 bail she obviously can't pay.

Apr. 9, 2013, 7:24:05 pm

RK said...

Agree with previous commenters: this article is written in very poor taste. The classism

Apr. 9, 2013, 10:24:22 pm

KH said...

I agree that the snarky tone of the article is annoying. In addition, it is not a proper news article even for the introductory journalism level of police blotter reporting on a small circulation handout. All "facts" are told without reference to who said what or how the "facts" were ascertained; there are simply tongue in cheek presumptions. The woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the lobby? How does the reporter know this is what happened? How did the reporter manage to interpret that this was a woman expressing "dismay", assuming she really was pacing around the lobby? Then the woman was asked to leave and she responded by saying she was not prepared to oblige? Did she actually say that? The article says more about the writer's sensibilities than it does about the actual event reported. And it would have been a more interesting and accurate and less offensive article if all it reported was that a woman was arrested for trespass after trying to check into a fancy hotel, being refused a room when her credit card was declined, camping out on a lobby couch, and refusing to leave. End of story...unless, perhaps, there was a manger and celibate birth involved at some point.

Apr. 10, 2013, 8:20:55 am

KH said...

I agree that the snarky tone of the article is annoying. In addition, it is not a proper news article even for the introductory journalism level of police blotter reporting on a small circulation handout. All "facts" are told without reference to who said what or how the "facts" were ascertained; there are simply tongue in cheek presumptions. The woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the lobby? How does the reporter know this is what happened? How did the reporter manage to interpret that this was a woman expressing "dismay", assuming she really was pacing around the lobby? Then the woman was asked to leave and she responded by saying she was not prepared to oblige? Did she actually say that? The article says more about the writer's sensibilities than it does about the actual event reported. And it would have been a more interesting and accurate and less offensive article if all it reported was that a woman was arrested for trespass after trying to check into a fancy hotel, being refused a room when her credit card was declined, camping out on a lobby couch, and refusing to leave. End of story...unless, perhaps, there was a manger and celibate birth involved at some point.

Apr. 10, 2013, 8:20:55 am

KH said...

I agree that the snarky tone of the article is annoying. In addition, it is not a proper news article even for the introductory journalism level of police blotter reporting on a small circulation handout. All "facts" are told without reference to who said what or how the "facts" were ascertained; there are simply tongue in cheek presumptions. The woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the lobby? How does the reporter know this is what happened? How did the reporter manage to interpret that this was a woman expressing "dismay", assuming she really was pacing around the lobby? Then the woman was asked to leave and she responded by saying she was not prepared to oblige? Did she actually say that? The article says more about the writer's sensibilities than it does about the actual event reported. And it would have been a more interesting and accurate and less offensive article if all it reported was that a woman was arrested for trespass after trying to check into a fancy hotel, being refused a room when her credit card was declined, camping out on a lobby couch, and refusing to leave. End of story...unless, perhaps, there was a manger and celibate birth involved at some point.

Apr. 10, 2013, 8:20:55 am

KH said...

I agree that the snarky tone of the article is annoying. In addition, it is not a proper news article even for the introductory journalism level of police blotter reporting on a small circulation handout. All "facts" are told without reference to who said what or how the "facts" were ascertained; there are simply tongue in cheek presumptions. The woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the lobby? How does the reporter know this is what happened? How did the reporter manage to interpret that this was a woman expressing "dismay", assuming she really was pacing around the lobby? Then the woman was asked to leave and she responded by saying she was not prepared to oblige? Did she actually say that? The article says more about the writer's sensibilities than it does about the actual event reported. And it would have been a more interesting and accurate and less offensive article if all it reported was that a woman was arrested for trespass after trying to check into a fancy hotel, being refused a room when her credit card was declined, camping out on a lobby couch, and refusing to leave. End of story...unless, perhaps, there was a manger and celibate birth involved at some point.

Apr. 10, 2013, 8:20:55 am

KH said...

I agree that the snarky tone of the article is annoying. In addition, it is not a proper news article even for the introductory journalism level of police blotter reporting on a small circulation handout. All "facts" are told without reference to who said what or how the "facts" were ascertained; there are simply tongue in cheek presumptions. The woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the lobby? How does the reporter know this is what happened? How did the reporter manage to interpret that this was a woman expressing "dismay", assuming she really was pacing around the lobby? Then the woman was asked to leave and she responded by saying she was not prepared to oblige? Did she actually say that? The article says more about the writer's sensibilities than it does about the actual event reported. And it would have been a more interesting and accurate and less offensive article if all it reported was that a woman was arrested for trespass after trying to check into a fancy hotel, being refused a room when her credit card was declined, camping out on a lobby couch, and refusing to leave. End of story...unless, perhaps, there was a manger and celibate birth involved at some point.

Apr. 10, 2013, 8:20:56 am

KH said...

I agree that the snarky tone of the article is annoying. In addition, it is not a proper news article even for the introductory journalism level of police blotter reporting on a small circulation handout. All "facts" are told without reference to who said what or how the "facts" were ascertained; there are simply tongue in cheek presumptions. The woman began to express her dismay by pacing around the lobby? How does the reporter know this is what happened? How did the reporter manage to interpret that this was a woman expressing "dismay", assuming she really was pacing around the lobby? Then the woman was asked to leave and she responded by saying she was not prepared to oblige? Did she actually say that? The article says more about the writer's sensibilities than it does about the actual event reported. And it would have been a more interesting and accurate and less offensive article if all it reported was that a woman was arrested for trespass after trying to check into a fancy hotel, being refused a room when her credit card was declined, camping out on a lobby couch, and refusing to leave. End of story...unless, perhaps, there was a manger and celibate birth involved at some point.

Apr. 11, 2013, 12:19:04 am

Michele said...

I always read these and as the editors note says, they are portrayed in a humorous way. Some people need to lighten up!!

Apr. 11, 2013, 12:27:34 am

Kathleen said...

You guys seem to know more about this than the writer...how does that work?" I like a little levity myself.

Apr. 29, 2013, 9:56:16 pm

Tone said...

KM you should seek out this (woman) oops how do we know that it was a woman and take her to your business. Unless you live on a trust fund or at moms and let he/she pace angrily in your abode

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