Viral TikTok Shows Deaf People Refuse To Stay At The Sleep Inn
In a TikTok released on Sunday, people who are deaf are unable to check in at their hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, and they say it’s because they are deaf.
“What is happening?” a deaf woman wrote on her phone to contact a man working at the front desk of a Sleep Inn and Suites. “Why [can’t] you give us the key, have we already booked? Can I speak with a manager? “
The video has nearly 500,000 views since it was uploaded to TikTok.
In the overlay of the video, @ beccabee123… 4 (who posted the TikTok) wrote that the people shown in the video also presented their IDs so they can check in for their reservation. According to @ beccabee123… 4, the deaf were “kicked out” and Sleep Inn and Suites called the police. They had traveled for a wedding, according to the viral TikTok.
TikTok’s main comment – from @ byrdman2018 – notes that the actions of employees at Sleep Inn and Suites constitute a “clear violation” of US disability law. @ byrdman2018 is right: According to the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, “public accommodation,” which includes hostels and hotels, “cannot discriminate against people with disabilities and cannot deny full and equal enjoyment of the goods and services they offer. “
Another commenter, @kattcrane, introduced himself as a lawyer and supported @ byrdman2018’s statement. “Go to [ADA.gov] and file a complaint with the DOJ, ”they wrote.
Other commentators, however, felt they needed more information to pass judgment on the video.
“The path [she’s] aggressively hitting this computer leads me to believe that it denied them service for some other reason, ”@ creeperpeeper0 commented.
“There really isn’t enough context here to know what’s really going on,” @_thatssokatie wrote.
The Daily Dot contacted @ beccabee123… 4 and Choice Hotels, which operates Sleep Inn and Suites. The Sleep Inn in the viral video declined to comment.
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* First published: October 18, 2021, 3:56 p.m. CDT
Tricia Crimmins is a New York-based journalist and actress. She studied at Columbia Journalism School and writes for Moment magazine and Columbia News Service. Previously, she wrote for Mashable, Complex Networks and the Lewiston Sun Journal.