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Guest Claims Hotel Tricked Him Into Buying Newspaper

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Guest Claims Hotel Tricked Him Into Buying Newspaper

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Guest Claims Hotel Tricked Him Into Buying Newspaper

Guest Claims Hotel Tricked Him Into Buying Newspaper

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Hilton Hotel guest Rodney Harmon picked up a USA Today that had been placed outside his door. He says he thought it was free, and only realized later that the hotel billed him seventy-five cents. Mr. Harmon sued, calling USA Today an "offensive waste of precious resources and energy." A rival paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, reported his claim with a straight face.

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A Hilton Hotel guest claims he was tricked into buying USA Today. Rodney Harmon picked up a newspaper that a California hotel left outside his door. He says he thought it was free and only realized later that the hotel billed him seventy-five cents. A rival paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, reports on what happened next. Mr. Harmon sued, saying that the printed paper amounted to, quote, "an offensive waste of precious resources and energy."

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