How NOT To Solve A Dispute Over A Hotel Bill

I think we’ve all been frustrated with front desk hotel staff at one point or another. However, most of us (hopefully) have the decency not to resolve the issue like this.

Check out the video footage of a guy ramming his SUV into the lobby of the Comfort Inn & Suites in Alva, Oklahoma this past Thursday, December 10, 2015:

For a bit of backstory, apparently 62 year old John Parsley was unhappy with how he was being treated at the hotel. He was confused over some transactions which were showing on his credit card, even though the hotel claimed they were declined (and showed him receipts which reflected that).

This caused him to call the police. When an officer arrived he was informed this was a civil matter, though the officer still offered to talk to the clerks in hopes of resolving the issue. Not happy with that answer, he immediately rammed his car into the hotel’s lobby. Then he backed it up a bit and ran it into the hotel again, before holding up his arms to surrender to police.

Since he wasn’t happy with the resolution, he had apparently informed the front office associates that he was going to “run his truck over them and over the property.” Of course they didn’t think he meant that literally, but apparently he did. Upon being arrested he allegedly even told the officers that they “thought [he] was bluffing and [he] wasn’t.” He sure showed them. 😉

Interestingly the Comfort Inn & Suites is the number one rated property in Alva on TripAdvisor, and comments on the service are generally positive (not that it’s the most competitive hotel market in the world). He seems to be in the minority in having issues with the front office staff.

Thank goodness the two front office associates weren’t hurt. The hotel doesn’t seem to be taking any bookings through March 11, 2016, as I imagine they have a bit of work to do rebuilding the place.

(Tip of the hat to travelblawg)


  1. It’s a sign of the times that, as dangerous as this persons actions were, I breathed a sigh of relief that he did not open fire with a gun. Glad no one was injured.

  2. I sincerely hope that he goes to a prison or gets proper psychiatric treatments in a mental institution.

    “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” – Oscar Wilde

  3. If this were a black guy, he would have been shot dead immediately. Possibly even before he had a chance to drive the truck into the building. We’d hear about what a “thug” he was, etc.

    Instead, since it’s an old white guy, you get idiot gun lovers like Bill above trotting out the same old tired “ban xxxxx” line.

  4. Dave, obviously they would have shot the black guy. He would’ve done the crime and ran away faster. The white guy is slow and easy to catch.

  5. @Dave – “If this were a black guy, he would have been shot dead immediately.”

    As this scum should’ve been.

  6. I hope he gets some time in Jail, a little more to his left and he could have killed the people behind the front desk, then he would be going away for much longer. It would not be so funny then.

  7. Thank god he is white so this can’t be terrorism. Just mental illness. Perhaps a few years probation will be enough punishment.

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