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article imageMichigan couple sues Waldorf Astoria claiming room had bedbugs

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Nov 5, 2010 in Travel
A couple from Plymouth, Michigan, has filed a lawsuit against New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel claiming their room was infested with bedbugs.
Christine and David Drabicki filed a lawsuit on November 4, claiming their room was infested with bedbugs.
David Drabicki won an all expenses paid conference by his employer, Allstate Insurance, in May.
Their attorney Alan Schnurman of New York City told The Detroit News, "On May 27 they arrived and on May 28, Christine woke up with bites and blood on her sheets."
The couple was then moved to a suite and were given spa treatments. According to the couple said their luggage was left in the old room for hours. They said they found new bites for the rest of their stay.
The suit filed by Schnurman in New York, accuses the hotel of "negligence, carelessness and recklessness" and failing to take due care and caution by allowing the rooms to be infested with bedbugs.
The couple said they had to leave their home for six weeks while it was fumigated. There was also 1,000 pounds of clothing that had to be treated and much of the clothing was just discarded. reports Mrs. Drabicki said, "It wreaked havoc on us."
Schnurman said the Drabicki's are seeking an unspecified amount as "reasonable compensation" and seeking money for their emotional distress. reports the family said they were treated like pariahs by their neighbors and their children were not allowed for any sleepovers.
Drabicki said, "Every time I talked to somebody, they seemed very wigged out by me."
The Waldorf-Astoria has denied the allegations of the suit filed against them. Their parent company, Hilton Worldwide, said there was no trace of bedbugs in either room the Drabickis' had occupied, according to outside specialists, and no one else has complained about those rooms.
In a statement by Hilton, "The Waldorf-Astoria takes allegations of bedbugs very seriously as the safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance."
This is the second lawsuit against the hotel in less than a month and a third person claims she was also bitten during her stay in October. She has not filed a lawsuit yet.
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