When a dad checked into a Travelodge with his teenage daughter, he found himself being round up by a group of police officers. Dad had no idea that the staff at the hotel had called the police on him because they suspected he was a pedophile.
While they were just trying to do what they thought was right, instead of asking 46-year-old widower Craig Darwell why he was with 13-year-old Millie, they assumed the worst and got the police involved – wasting everyone’s time in the process.
And Travelodge completely ruined Darwell’s treat to his 13-year-old daughter – he was treating her to a special trip to Thorpe Park, a popular English theme park…
Before getting into the park, the father and daughter team checked into the hotel location which is close to the theme park in Chertsey, Surrey, which is about 25-miles outside of London.
After Craig went to go park his car, a manager confronted Craig. He demanded that the single father proves that Millie was his daughter and not a victim he was about to assault.
“I couldn’t believe it. Millie and I have stayed in lots of places over the years and this has never happened to me before,” the surprised father said. “We checked in and then I had to move my car. When I got back to reception, the guy started asking me to prove I was her dad. He said it was company policy and I had to go onto Facebook to show messages I’ve sent to her.
“It was bizarre and really offensive. Then he told me that he’d already called the police so I had to wait for them to arrive. Luckily it took them about two seconds to realize he had got the wrong end of the stick, but it ruined the weekend for me.”
Nine years ago, Craig’s wife Sarah died from leukemia when Millie was just four. Now he treats his daughter as well as he can in memory of his beloved wife.