Overseas visitor left $8,000 accommodation bill unpaid
A 66-year-old Canadian man attempted to leave the Island without paying his $8,000 tab to a Bermudian guest house.
Niel Crane, of Scarborough, Ontario, was arrested at LF Wade International Airport during his attempt to flee Bermuda.
Crane was today remanded into custody after he admitted to owing the money to Clear View Suites and Villas.
Magistrates' Court heard Crane stayed at the Hamilton Parish accommodations from July 25 to September 7, without paying.
“I didn't realise the bill was as high as it was,” Crane said. “I was a guest, and I thought it was taken care of by another individual.”
Crane told police he'd be able to pay if he was allowed to return to Canada.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner denied Crane's request and remanded him into custody until Friday for mention.
Bermuda Hotel Association CEO John Harvey said it's rare for guests not to pay for their accommodations.
“It happens very seldom. This is not a common occurrence at all,” he said. “We have very good reputable guests, but sometimes this type of thing happens. We hope it works out well for the hotel.”
A representative from Clear View Suites and Villa declined to comment: “I don't want to talk about that,” she said. “Let it go and let it be quiet.”