Sunday, September 7, 2008

Metro Hotel in Woking, Surrey, UK, disrespects a hero

Active duty solider in the army of the United Kingdom, Corporal Tomos Stringer, age 24, in the service since age 16. This solider served for his country in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Recently a comrade of his died in action. Corporal went to Woking, Surrey, a suburb of London, the help with the funeral arrangements. The corporal with his wrist in a caste from a war injury, in civilian clothes enters the Metro Hotel in Woking, Surrey to rent a room for the night. The hotel clerk asked for identification. Mr. Stringer took out of his wallet his military i.d. The clerk saw the military i.d. and refused to rent a room to the corporal stating, "company policy not to accept members of the Armed Forces as guest.'

The corporal with cast on his wrist had to spend the night in his small two-door car.

Corporal Stringer's mother criticized the hotel and stated, "Soldiers in America are treated like heroes and get applauded everywhere they go, but our boys are being treated like scum."

She added: "In America, they treat soldiers as heroes. We went to Disney World with Tomos and the whole family was moved to the front of the lines. Everybody was standing up and clapping and cheering. Here, soldiers can't even get a bed for the night."

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