There are dozens of books filled with excuses that you can use to get the day off from work, but the staff at the Biltmore in Coral Gables Fla. are blazing new trails in this field.
For 62-year old Thomas Hudnall – a steward at the hotel, a get-out-of-work chit means calling in a bomb threat. The Coral Gables Police recieved a 911 call at 4.51 am on March 29, 2010.
Went something like this – “There is a bomb at the Biltmore Hotel. …and death to all Jews.” Then the caller hangs up.
The cops were able to trace the call back to the executive chef’s office in the hotel, and surveillance footage showed Hudnall lurking around. When confronted he broke down and fessed up.
Apparently he has no illwill against anyone – neither the hotel nor Jews. All he wanted was the day off, so he added the line about the Jews, hoping the hotel would be evacuated.
Hudnall is 62 and probably due for retirement, so its no surprise he wanted the day off. But is the Biltmore so bad that employees will call in bomb threats to get a day off?
Let’s see – Historic 1926 hotel with 275 guest rooms, including 130 suites. 150 acres of tropical landscape, with an 18-hole championship golf course, followed up by a restaurant called the 19th Hole and three more fine dining establishments to boot, a luxury spa, 10 tennis courts and the famed Biltmore pool with its private cabana suites.
Top all this off with the great location minutes from South Beach and downtown Miami, and a chance to hangout with celebrities. Doesn’t seem all that bad.
For the record, the hotel released a statement that said the threat was not credible, Hudnall had a clean prior record and all their employees undergo a rigorous screening process.
Photo courtesy The Biltmore
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