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Omni Hotel Independence Park, Philadelphia Sets Out To Profit From Fatal Amtrak Crash.

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by Anura Guruge


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UPDATE

I had a call from a manager at the Omni this morning. They had obviously seen the media blitz I had done about this cancellation policy, including taking to Yelp. I also contacted their HQ. he said that they will not be charging me the cancellation fee nor anybody else impacted by the Amtrak accident.

I am glad. They should have had this policy within hours of the accident. Shame it took them 48+ hours — and it came after I went to town.

Hope this helps.


Omni Hotel Independence Park, Philadelphia

Click to ENLARGE and read. This sucks. Omni Hotel Independence Park, Philadelphia — how low can you stoop. Shame on you.


Omni Hotels & Resorts are despicable.

Trying to profit from an accident.

Wow. Things must be desparate.

I said I would GLADLY reschedule. Change the reservation to next week. NOPE.

They want their pound of flesh.

Take it. If you are that desparate.


 


Right now there is no Amtrak service from New York to Philadelphia.

Amtrak is NOT sure about Thursday, i.e., May 14, 2015. I am not going to take a chance.

Amtrak allowed me to cancel, 100% refund, no hassle. I am impressed.

I had bought travel insurance through Allianz. I didn’t need the insurance because Amtrak cancelled without a fee.

ONLY entity that gave me any trouble is Omni BLOODY Hotels and BLOODY Resorts.

Shame on them.

Trying to profit from an Amtrak accident where 7 people died.

Shame when businesses stoop that low.


I Spoke With A Lady, Who Works For TDS, Who Still Has 30Kbps DIAL-UP — In Rural Wisconsin (Through TDS).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I had called up to double confirm (and get on the record) that I had cancelled my DISH account as of June 21, 2013 — given that I pay my DISH bill through TDS.

She was a TDS rep. that worked in the billing department. So once we had the DISH cancellation recorded, and TDS is very good at keeping notes about phone conversations against your account, she started asking me whether there was anything she could do to make my TDS service better. I said I wanted more bandwidth. She checked what I had and said that I am getting the max. available in this area, q.v., 15 Mbps (download).

She then told me that she still uses dial-up. I was floored. She lives in farming country south of Green Bay. She only has two options: satellite internet or dial-up via TDS, Wisconsin TDS’ HQ. Wow. She thinks she gets 30Kbps. I am humbled. In 1997 when I moved to the Lakes Region I could only get ISDN in Meredith — at 64Kbps. I got two ISDN lines and an aggregator so I could have 128Kbps.

I really had no idea that people still had dial-up!

D.C. Sequestration Hits Close To Home: West Point Band Cancels Dartmouth Performance Due To Budget Constraints. Blue Angels Also Cancel Shows!

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Extract from a Press Release from Dartmouth Hopkins Center announcing withdrawal of Band. Click here to access the Hopkins Website with the Press Release.

Extract from a Press Release from Dartmouth Hopkins Center announcing withdrawal of Band. Click here to access the Hopkins Website with the Press Release. ‘Marsit’, referred to at the start is the Director of the ‘DCWE’ — Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble.


If you haven't heard about this click here to watch the CNN video and read their report.

If you haven’t heard about this click here to watch the CNN video and read their report.


I actually talked to the Hopkins Center’s extremely motivated and energetic Publicity Coordinator/Writer, Rebecca Bailey, about this yesterday. Appears that you can’t even get the band to perform further than 100 miles from West Point even if you offered to pay ‘all’ the costs — since the Pentagon insists that there are still ‘hidden’ costs that are being incurred.

This is a shame.

This, ‘stick to the public, to make them squeal’ stuff with the sequestration, does not sit well with me. This is D.C. playing games with us. Yes, I am totally in favor of them cutting expenditure and increasing revenues. But, this petty sequestration stuff is pathetic and is just trying to get a raise out of the public — when the only thing they should trying to raise is taxes.

The Band can’t make it to Dartmouth but how much foreign aid are they giving to Israel and Egypt this year? Yes, MY PRESIDENT should stop using the gas guzzling ‘Air Force 1’ as if it was a golf cart. Scale back on his trips or use a more cost effective plane. If you look at some of the cuts, in addition to the White House tours, Military Bands and the Blue Angels, they are all to do with the elderly, the poor and kids. This is crazy. There are 30,000 troops in the DMZ in Korea. In my estimation it would take about 20 minutes to achieve a successful and permanent regime change in North Korea. Rather than spending all this money they should just eliminate the North Korean ‘problem’ and just have a united Korea. That would save billions.

Yes, this stuff makes me livid. I hold MY PRESIDENT responsible for some of this. He loves to play his little games too. I guess we now have to wait for Hillary. 



Click to access DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE Saturday, May 4, 2013 performance details.


The good news is that the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble is proceedings with their concert despite the let down. It should, as with everything Hopkins’ related, be another great concert. We won’t be able to make it, but I am sure it will be a blast.