We know that it's a litiguous society but this event brings new meaning to lawsuits.
While USA Today may not be the best paper in the world, at least it's a newspaper - and 75 cents is a small price to pay to be somewhat better informed! I, for one, appreciate getting a paper whenever I check into a hotel, and usually even buy the NY Times in addition to getting the usually free USA Today or local paper. While the opt-out notice might have been bigger, for 75 cents it's hardly worth the time to visit the lawyer!!! Oh well, welcome to the uninformed and litigious society! (And yes, I'm a lawyer)
I have absolutely -- utterly -- no sympathy for fools like this idiot who abuse and waste our money, with their frivolous (that's too nice a word) lawsuits.
That said, and with it made clear that I think this guy should be thrown into jail for a few days for wasting taxpayers' money and time, since most hotels do provide free newspapers to their guests (or at least have them lying on the check-in counter), an opt-out policy seems ridiculous.
Like so much of what we've been talking about lately, the problem seems to be one of consistency and lowering standards at the best hotel chains. Maybe, as Arkwright said so well, we've become used to good treatment and when we don't get it we complain. I've actually noticed lately that while in some Marriotts abroad put a xeroxed copy of the major news under your door, unlike the old policy of the local paper or one of the major US papers, that too is inconsistent.
I think we all simply want to know what the new standards are. They're obviously changing, but with the US and European economies the way they are, it still seems to me that treating your elite members well should be a given.