Warm bright sunshine came with Sunday morning. I rose early, called room service, and treated myself to coffee, éclairs, and the paper. Last night's dinner, a turkey club sandwich, left me famished when I woke. Twenty minutes later a distinguished, gray-haired gentleman rolled my breakfast into the room.
I poured myself a cup of coffee, grabbed the pastry and the paper, and retreated to the balcony. After gulping down my first cup and inhaling a freshly baked bun, I sat back, sipping and nibbling as I read the paper.
The headlines announced the upcoming Democratic Gubernatorial Convention in Miami. One article focused on the extra security needed for the convention, because many high0-powered dignitaries would be attending. All major hotels would be beefing up their own in0-house security.
A similar article toward the bottom of the page caught my eye. The caption read, "Committee picks the Regency hotel for convention headquarters despite recent problems."
With curiosity, I read on. It reported the accidental death of Pedro Quero, a Colombian dignitary who had fallen over a balcony a few months back. The accident must have been big news at the office when it happened, but I didn't recall hearing about it. But then I hadn't really been paying attention, had I?
Besides, accidents and insurance claims are common in the hotel business. Guests were constantly slipping or falling. Sometimes the accidents were staged and the guests would threaten calling their lawyer. It was an easy way to get their entire stay comped. It infuriated our managers, but comping the rooms was better than risking a lawsuit.
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