Yesterday Michigan insurance executive Christine Drabicki flew to New York City for a press conference announcing her lawsuit against the Waldorf-Astoria, seeking unspecified damages for the bedbugs she allegedly brought back home with her after a stay at the hotel. Here's the story about the bloodsucking parasites' love affair with the insurance saleswoman:
My husband and I expected the ultimate getaway - an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and a stay at the Waldorf-Astoria. But my dream vacation turned into a nightmare. I was covered in more than 100 bedbug bites. My home was raided by the bloodsuckers for six weeks. And I racked up more than $8,000 in cleaning bills.
The scratching started after our first night's stay. I woke up with large red marks all over my arms. My husband, David, and I also found bloodstains on our sheets... Our company, Allstate Insurance, paid for the trip because we were top performers... The bedbugs ruined all the fun. The next two mornings, I woke up with bites on my back and legs. On our last night, I was mortified. We were going to the gala, and I had a sleeveless, blue silk gown. I spent the whole time trying to cover my bite-riddled arms.
The hotel moved the couple to a comped suite and plied them with champagne and $1,000 spa treatments, but now the Drabickis want blood. They're suing for an undisclosed sum—making this the second bedbug-related lawsuit against the fancy hotel in as many weeks. Drabicki says after the bedbugs infested her home in Michigan it took six weeks and $4,500 in exterminator bills to put an end to the nightmare. A spokesperson for the Waldorf-Astoria says an inspection of their room revealed no evidence of bedbugs, but this is already the third report of bedbugs at the hotel, and Drabicki's lawyer predicts, "Many more people are going to be bitten until these rooms are safe." Well, they're certainly an annoying nuisance, but at least you can't die from bedbugs. Oh, wait.