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Hotel grants couple 18 years of free stays on Valentine’s Day for making a baby

Let’s travel back in time to February 14 — Valentine’s Day.

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A hip little hotel in British Columbia offered couples the chance to win 18 years of free accommodations if, roughly nine months following their Hotel Zed stay, they had a baby.

Nicole and Alexander Beshinsky and their three-and-half-year-old son are getting ready to welcome a new member to the family.

The Kelowna-based couple took advantage of Hotel Zed’s “Nooner” special this past February 14. Although Hotel Zed, which also has locations in Victoria and Tofino, has offered the four-hour “Nooner” special for the past five years, 2020 was the first year of this particular promotion.

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The deal, which encouraged couples to check in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some nookie, followed some post-coital ping-pong in the lounge or perhaps a sexy soak in the outdoor hot tub, was a first for the Beshinskys.

It was also their first time staying at Hotel Zed.

The couple say they don’t even always get a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day, owing to work conflicts and other challenges. Nicole calls the Nooner package “a great Valentine’s idea for parents because it makes childcare a little easier.”

Indeed, Hotel Zed CEO Mandy Farmer came up with the original Nooner idea when her kids were little, and she was struggling to find quality, child-free time with her husband. The prospect of a romantic tryst on February 14 was more appealing to her than a bouquet of carnations or a box of chocolates, so she took the idea to the board and they ran with it.

As to 2020’s baby-making incentive? Well, it seemed like a fun twist — the holiday is notoriously known for engagements, so why not conceptions?

“I don’t think we’re going to convince someone who’s not thinking about having a baby to have a baby. But if you’re serious about expanding your family, why wouldn’t you try?” Farmer asks. “If you succeed, you’ll win a way to celebrate your baby’s conception for the next 18 years.”

In addition to the 18 years of free stays, the Beshinsky family also lucked out with a free photo shoot so excited about their campaign’s results was the hotel.

Via email, Nicole said: “We had been trying to get pregnant for almost two years, so we thought we would raise stakes with the contest. Apparently all we needed was a little competition!”

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Couple becomes seriously ill with COVID-19 during vacation to southern Mexico

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A Chula Vista woman is keeping vigil after her parents holiday vacation turned into nightmare, when both become sick with COVID-19.

Jose and Gloria Arellano had a dilemma. Their daughter Joselyn says they had airfare credits from a postponed trip to southern Mexico but the deadline to use the credits was about the run out.

“They had their trip postpone the trip two or three times. They didn’t want to lose the money, so they decided to go this time.

On November 11, they flew out from Tijuana to Oaxaca for a two-week vacation. Apprehensive about rising COVID-19 rates, they went prepared with goggles and masks. Gloria also had a face shield. Once there, they did a little sightseeing. When they were near anybody, they wore masks.

“Their main thing is to try food. They were mostly at restaurants. They were also at the beach a lot,” said Joselyn.

About six days into their trip, Jose, 66, became sick.

“For him, it was coughing. He has asthma, and it just got into his lungs,” said Joselyn.

A few days later, Gloria, 64, also became ill. They went to a local hospital, received COVID-19 tests, and tested positive. Jose got sicker and the family contracted at air ambulance to fly him back to San Diego two days before Thanksgiving.

Jose, a former investigator with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and former Navy, is being treated at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla.

“He’s been stabile, on a ventilator and taking antibiotics,” said Joselyn.

Joselyn calls her father’s situation a helpless waiting game. Her mother ended up in a hospital in Oaxaca, intubated for several days, before being released Monday. Right now, she’s quarantining at an Airbnb in Oaxaca.

“It’s a vacation, for them, they’ll regret forever,” said Joselyn.

Joselyn is trying to stay optimistic with so much uncertainty about her father. She is certain about one thing. There will be no vacations in her family’s near future.

“It’s not worth it. It’s not worth the risk,” said Joselyn.

Joselyn’s brother flew to Oaxaca to help their mother. He also tested positive and is now in quarantine with her.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up the help the family with medical expenses.

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Atlanta couple drown on Puerto Rico vacation, leave behind 2 sons

The couple met when they were both studying at Florida A&M University

Jamar and AnnMari Robinson were on vacation at a beach resort in Puerto Rico when they were both pulled into the ocean by a current and drowned. The incident occurred on Sunday at Condado Beach, according to the Daily Mail.

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AnnMari was swimming at the beach behind La Concha hotel when she was dragged out to sea. Her husband went in after her, but was also caught in the current. Bystanders attempted to save them but were unable to do so.

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The couple left behind two teenage sons, 14 and 15. One of the them has special needs, according to The Daily Mail.

The Robinsons were prominent figures in the Atlanta area. Jamar was the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia and AnnMari was an assistant professor at Georgia State, working towards a Ph.D. In 2014, Jamar was named an Outstanding Georgia Citizen.

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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, an official for the Fulton County school system released a statement about Jamar.

“Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” the statement said. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.”

The dean of George State, Nancy Kropf, said that AnnMari was a “beloved and admired member of the faculty.”

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The couple met when they were both studying at Florida A&M University, before eventually settling in the Atlanta area. 

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A hotel charged a senior couple with a smoking fee. Their complaint? They don’t smoke | Travel Troubleshooter

When Red Roof Inn charges Mindy Haggerty a cleaning fee for smoking in her room, she refuses to pay. Why? She doesn’t smoke — and claims she didn’t smoke in her room. Can she find justice?

Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Red Roof Inn in Gallup, New Mexico. We checked in late in the evening. We asked if they had any first floor rooms because we are senior citizens, and they accommodated us. We thought this was very nice. 

When we got to the room it had an awful odor, but we didn’t want to complain because they put us on the ground floor, we were tired and we didn’t want to move. So we opened the door and tried to air it out the best we could. 

After returning from our trip I checked the credit card activity and noticed that there was a charge of $100 for a smoking fee. This was just half the normal smoking fee. I called a manager at the Red Roof Inn. She said we should have complained when we entered the room and there is nothing she can do about it. She said we were lucky they only charged us half the fee. 

I told her we requested a nonsmoking room because we do not smoke. Why would we then smoke in the room? She said the cleaning lady said the room smelled of smoke and so we were guilty of smoking. 

We are very puzzled about why we would get this charge. We have stayed in the same hotel before and never had any problems. We are more upset about being falsely accused of something that we did not do and for which we have no recourse. We are starting to think this is some sort of scam. Please help us. — Mindy Haggerty,  Pueblo West, Colorado

A: You didn’t smoke in your room at the Red Roof Inn. Therefore, you should not have to pay a smoking fee — or half a smoking fee. Goes without saying, right?

So what went wrong here? Easy. I think you were too polite. When you checked into a room that smelled like smoke, you should have said something. You were still being polite when you complained to me. You referred to it as an “odor.” It was cigarette smoke. Why not call it that? 

I think I know why you’re being reluctant. The last time I wrote about smoking fees in hotels, I had the audacity to say that if you smoke in your room, you should pay the cleaning fee. Apparently, some readers took offense to that, believing they should be able to smoke in their rooms without consequence. 

But that’s the world we live in. 

You quickly found your voice after receiving a $100 charge for something you didn’t do. When the hotel refused to reverse the charge, you complained to anyone who would listen. You posted warnings on several websites and filed a Better

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US couple quarantined in Spain amid coronavirus outbreak get all-clear after ‘horror vacation’

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MADRID – A Georgia couple who was traveling throughout southern Spain earlier this month until members of their tour party tested positive with coronavirus are now on their way back home after getting the all-clear from doctors.

Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Ga., and their party were quarantined for 19 days at the four-star Sol Melia Hotel in Torremolinos, a holiday resort near Malaga.

Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Georgia, are quarantined in the Sol Melia in Torremolinos, Spain amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Georgia, are quarantined in the Sol Melia in Torremolinos, Spain amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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A 70-year-old American man who was on the tour died in the hospital from the virus. He was treated for COVID-19 with the group’s Spanish tour guide at a hospital in nearby Ronda.


Wells, a retired nurse, said 19 members of the tour were cleared to go back to the U.S. but four others are being re-tested after suffering fevers. They are awaiting the results.

Of those who have to stay, two are being treated in a hospital. One is in intensive care and has been on a ventilator for four days.“This was a horrific experience; it was a vacation from hell,” Wells told Fox News in a phone interview from her hotel. “I felt like I was in solitary confinement for 20 days in a foreign country with people who did not understand us.”

Sharon Wells tested positive for COVID-19, however, she has not shown any symptoms. Her husband Craig Carpenter tested negative.

Sharon Wells tested positive for COVID-19, however, she has not shown any symptoms. Her husband Craig Carpenter tested negative.
(Courtesy of Sharon Wells)

Wells tested positive for the virus but her husband tested negative.

“I have never felt so alone and afraid. I wasn’t afraid for myself but for my friends and family at home,” she said.  “They were pouring out the prayers for our return. People I didn’t know were sending their prayers to me and my husband.


She continued: “I kept the faith and stayed strong. With God all things are possible. I had complained about it raining since Saturday. I listened to a young minister preach in (the U.S.) He said we have to go through something, then the rain comes. I took that as going through trials and tribulations but God has sent the rain to wash it all away.

“I went to the doctor and he said you have been cleared to go home. I jumped and shouted ‘Hallelujah, thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus!”

She praised the staff at the hotel where she stayed who even went out to Burger King to get her a burger.

Doctors gave the couple the all-clear as they had shown no symptoms of the illness after nearly three weeks in isolation.

Wells and Carpenter, a retired former computer programmer, had planned a two-week vacation in Spain

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