Front Desk

Law of supply and demand

It wasn't funny, given that someone died, but a recent hotel-related news report from Los Angeles was unusual. According to local news accounts, a man fatally shot a motel guest because he rented the last available room at the property.

The gunman was apparently turned away at the front desk because the man ahead of him rented the last room. He then went to the parking lot, called to the man and shot him in the chest with a blue-steel handgun. He and a female companion drove off, obviously looking for a motel with a flashing "vacancy" sign.

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