‘Desperate’ hotel guests in Italy let GoFundMe posts go viral

A mother-of-two, plumber and a stay-at-home dad used Facebook to spread the word about the stranded party and its search for a helping hand. “For the past week, we’ve had no heating, no hot…

'Desperate' hotel guests in Italy let GoFundMe posts go viral


A mother-of-two, plumber and a stay-at-home dad used Facebook to spread the word about the stranded party and its search for a helping hand. “For the past week, we’ve had no heating, no hot water, no lounge, no hot food, no work, no bills, no money, no nothing,” Ranjit Jajoo posted to her friends’ group Tuesday.

“They are human and can’t look for work and had to rely on us to pay their bills,” she continued. She posted the picture of the group on Facebook with the phrase “This is my hotel room in Timbuktu… I told you!” She also asked friends to help them find a way to pay the bills.

The cause of the problem has remained uncertain, but Ranjit said the group is living off of lager and tea — “terrible conditions.” She said Tuesday that they are still out of their rooms. When they arrived, they were told they could not leave without payment, Ranjit told CNN, but they wouldn’t pay the bill. Eventually, she said, they were asked to pay to stay for more than a day.

“We’re not homeless, we’re paying our room for breakfast,” Ranjit said. “We’re squatting. We’ve lost everything. We can’t get any money from the bank because it’s in the pub.”

Eventually, she said, after “dozens of phone calls” to the owner, Ranjit was told that the group was “thrown out because we can’t pay and they don’t have a place for us to stay.” She said the owner ended up finding more than one room for the group, one for each night of the evacuation.

The group arrived Tuesday at the Tavern in the Clouds, a pub located in a 60-acre valley in North Wales.

One Facebook user, Kaitlin Everett, wrote on the group’s wall: “I can confirm that all of these people are indeed welcome to stay until the utility companies repair their damages.”

Ranjit expressed a sense of relief after going to see the area in person. “We’ve made it… we’re talking to the owners… they took us up to the valley and they had some chap who owns the entire valley who they said can sit on that mountain and paint us a picture of everything,” she said. “He came back and he agreed to let us stay.”

The group’s efforts are leading to quite a bit of fundraising.

“We’re not homeless, we’re paying our room for breakfast,” Ranjit said. “We’re squatting. We’ve lost everything. We can’t get any money from the bank because it’s in the pub.”

She said that eventually, after “dozens of phone calls” to the owner, Ranjit was told that the group was “thrown out because we can’t pay and they don’t have a place for us to stay.” She said the owner ended up finding more than one room for the group, one for each night of the evacuation.

The group arrived Tuesday at the Tavern in the Clouds, a pub located in a 60-acre valley in North Wales.

One Facebook user, Kaitlin Everett, wrote on the group’s wall: “I can confirm that all of these people are indeed welcome to stay until the utility companies repair their damages.”

Ranjit expressed a sense of relief after going to see the area in person. “We’ve made it… we’re talking to the owners… they took us up to the valley and they had some chap who owns the entire valley who they said can sit on that mountain and paint us a picture of everything,” she said. “He came back and he agreed to let us stay.”

The group’s efforts are leading to quite a bit of fundraising.

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