Yesterday, according to the San Francisco Examiner, about twenty people formed a “bed bug flash mob” protesting at the Travelodge at 1707 Market Street (at Valencia) in San Francisco.
According to Poor Magazine, the protest was in honor of Kathy Galves, a 67-year old woman who unfortunately had her home foreclosed on by Wells Fargo back in April, and who has been living in the motel with bed bugs for months. According to Poor Magazine, the motel owner had previously promised to refund Galves $1821 but has not done so.
Poor Magazine sponsored the event and made a video of the protestors:
Ms. Galves is now homeless again, and Poor Magazine is attempting to help her find a home.
Interestingly, this appears to be the exact same Travelodge where Maciej Ceglowski of The Bed Bug Registry was (ahem) “inspired” to start that website back in 2007, according to this blog post from 2008.
The first entry?
maciej on 06/11/2007
Woke up with bites and found dying bedbug by lamp. Decided to start this registry.
Of course, as we all know, bed bugs can infest any hotel room on any day, and can be eliminated. However, prompt and thorough action needs to be taken by hotel management to address such problems when they arise and to detect them proactively. There’s no excuse for long-stay motel residents living with bed bugs.
If a motel is in a high-risk situation, as this Market Street motel clearly is, then they need to take powerful, ongoing measures to detect and fight bed bugs.
(Post updated 12/28/12 to add second listing for this property on the Bed Bug Registry, and to quote Maciej’s original report.)