Waiting in a Hotel Lobby
QUESTION 60: WAITING IN A HOTEL LOBBY
There are two buses that go from the Wall Street area to
Monsey in the evening, about 40 minutes apart. One day I
just missed the first bus. Near the bus stop is a fancy new
hotel. Can I go into the lobby of the hotel to wait for the
next bus? Can I sit on a couch in the lobby? Can I use their
bathroom? Can I take out my laptop PC and do some work? Do
I have to ask at the reception desk if I can do these things?
Could I do such a thing if it happened every week?
I don't see anything wrong with someone using the lobby once
in a while. It's understood that the public walks around there,
not just people who are customers of the hotel. But I don't
believe that the hotel is too happy about people who use it
So if I don't do it too often, could I in a sense
'set up shop' there?
No. Sitting on the couch is one thing, or to use their
facilities. Going to the bathroom may be an accommodation
that is available to anyone who urgently needs to use it.
But when it gets to the point of sitting on the couch with
your laptop, you should go to the desk and ask if it's OK
NEXT WEEK'S QUESTION 61: WAITING FOR A CAR SERVICE
I was at Pathmark and I called a car service to take me
home, and the service said it will send a car to Pathmark
within 10 minutes. After 8 minutes, someone offered me a
ride home. Do I have to call the car service to cancel the
ride? Do I owe the car service something anyway, since I
caused one of their cars to come pick me up? How about if
I've been waiting for their car for 20 minutes? Or 2
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