Soldier Turned Away from Hotel: He’s Old Enough to Fight but Not to Rent a Room There

May the correction of this mistake reported in this blog prevent any further such mistakes.

The Silent Soldier

imageedit_6_5352394837December 22, 2016

Written by Lorra B.

Crestwood Suites in south Fort Myers informed 20-year-old Army Pvt. 2ndClass Mason Ritums that he was not old enough to rent a room at their hotel. The minimum age to rent a room there is 21, no exceptions considered.

This fort Myers hotel currently has a ranking of 1.5 stars out of a possible 5 stars, according to TripAdvisor, though this probably did not come as a surprise to the Ritum family.

Evonn Peterson, Ritums’ stepmother, said, “I am so outraged” at In Town Suites of Atlanta. “If our children can fight for this country then they should be able to get a hotel room.”

According to Florida Statute 509.095, state law would agree with Evonn Peterson that the hotel illegally turned Ritum away.

Accommodations at public lodging establishments for individuals with a valid military identification card.—Upon the…

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