Three years ago, a woman was raped at gunpoint, in the presence of her two small children (ages 3 and 5), in a Marriott-owned parking garage. Marriott has decided that *she* was negligent in this matter. See USAToday story.
The Stamford Advocate has a lengthier article, describing how the woman gave the guy her wallet, told him to go, and he proceeded to assault her while threatening to assault one her children.
Another article on the case.
Here's a letter I'll be mailing to Marriott Corporate today:
To Whom It May Concern:
Enclosed please find a Marriott pen I received as a free promotional item at an event I recently attended.
Upon reading that Marriott has decided to level allegations of negligence against a woman who was raped at gunpoint, in the presence of her two small children, in a Marriott-owned parking garage, I found myself so disgusted with your corporation that I don’t even want your freebies.
Because I felt it would be negligent on my part to fail to alert people with whom I communicate on a regular basis, I’ve made a point of posting links to the articles regarding your treatment of rape victims to every social networking site to which I hold membership.