Hey all, just wanted to relay some events of this past weekend to you, and start a petition to boycott a certain hotel here in NJ. I'll go through the story and what happened and then leave you all with a bit of advice.
Attended a wedding and reception for friends of the family at "hotel-X" on Saturday 8/8, had a blast. So much so, we stayed overnight. Now I NEVER park the baby outside overnight, but of course, that was the only option on this occasion.
Anyway, I wake up with a sizable hangover to a cell phone ringing at 6:45AM (after retiring from the bar around 2AM
), and I'm thinking "someone better be dead, because it's wwwaayyy too early for this!"
(Some of you already know where this is going, right?)
Well, it's one of the other guests who had lost their keys the night before and had gone out to scour the parking lot and saw the inevitable...
Get this, 7 cars had been broken into between 3:30 and 4AM, and of course, mine was one of them!
Worse yet, their "Security" company "didn't see or hear anything"...and didn't report it to the cops for a couple hours!!!!
Wait. Wait, it gets better! My car was bad, but one of the cars was left on cinder blocks!!! Literally!
After the cops bring in the finger-printers, write up the reports and we all gather up all our belongings that had been tossed (presumably to find the Valet keys), we all make a bee-line for the front desk, thinking they would at least be sympathetic and offer some sort of concession.
(Is this an unreasonable assumption? I think not.) What do they offer us?
Free F^%$^NG breakfast! Yep. I don't condone violence (unless it's absolutely necessary), but now I truly understand the term "justifiable homicide".
Directly behind me was a pristine M-roadster, whose driver was even more livid than I was! (Unfortunately for him, he ran out of the hotel with his fly open...we all got a chukle out of that one).
So in talking to the cops I find out that THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME this place has been hit. Nor has the hotel taken any steps (additional security, cameras, etc) to prevent this from happening to poor saps like myslef!!!!! I've already spoken to my attorney, the insurance folks and the the hotel's GM about this...it's gonna be ugly!
Hence my personal crusade to hurt their business where it counts the most. If ANY of you live in NJ or plan on coming to visit this God forsaken place, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT PARK AT THE MADISON HOTEL, MORRISTOWN, NJ overnight!!! Take a look at the pics of my car and you'll understand. You've been warned!
I'd been meaning to post pics of my baby after all the mods and before this **** happened, but alas....hey, can someone tell me why I'm only able to post a single pic? **** technology!!
Anyway, I learned the hard way that once they gouged out the door lock, they were able to defeat the alarm system completely. DId BMW now know about this weakpoint in the car?? They'll be getting a letter from me!
I plan on having the stock US door lock replaced with a European style door handle (part# 51 218 24 5 463, $58.54 retail), which doesn't have a lock cylinder so the alarm system can't be deactivated. Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience with you all and hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.
Bye for now.