ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, receives and accepts apology from top management at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. It follows an incident that took place on Wednesday morning after the conclusion of the NRB 2011 Convention, when the veteran journalist was held for an hour by hotel security after trying to pay his bill with cash.
Dan Wooding, 70, founder and chief editor of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), has received both a written and verbal apology from the General Manager of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, after being held for an hour on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, when he tried to pay his hotel bill with cash.
“I have accepted the apology that has also gone to my son, Peter Wooding, who was over from the UK to work with me, and I now consider the matter closed,” Wooding said.
The 70-year-old veteran journalist, who has reported from more than 20 NRB conventions, explained that the incident occurred after he had been given enough cash by a “generous donor” attending the convention to cover his hotel bill, but then when he went to pay it with one-hundred dollars bills that he had been given, the problem arose.
“Several of the staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel used special ink pens on the notes and appeared to believe they may be counterfeit,” said Wooding. “Eventually, after several checks, the hotel security man decided to make ‘one more check’, and then one of their experts found that the bills were legitimate after all and I was allowed to leave the hotel.”
In the meantime, Wooding settled the bill by credit card.
Dan Wooding, who is also the author of some 44 books, a broadcaster and hosts an Internet TV show, said that later in that day, when he finally arrived back at his home in Lake Forest, California, he had already received a written apology by e-mail from the General Manager who had also phoned to apologize to his wife, Norma, who was most upset that her son had to witness what had happened.
“The General Manager said that he was extremely sorry that this had occurred and that he hoped I would still attend NRB 2012 at the hotel,” said Wooding. “I have since talked with him by phone and have accepted the apology and now look forward to going back there for next year’s NRB convention.”
Wooding went on to say, “The hotel has been most courteous in their communications with me and, in view of this, the matter is now closed and I won’t be making anymore statements about what happened.”
He concluded by saying, “I realize that what occurred on Wednesday morning was relatively minor, though painful, when compared with the suffering that we, at ANS, report about every day through our news service (www.assistnews.net). For instance, that same morning, we ran breaking news from our chief correspondent, Michael Ireland, who was also attending NRB 2011, about the terrible murder in Pakistan of Christian politician, Shahbaz Bhatti. At the same time, we also reported on the on-going persecution of our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iran, and many other places around the world.
“But still,” he added, “I am glad that the hotel did the right thing and I am now moving on.”
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