Marriott’s new program doesn’t just require 100 nights a year to earn top tier elite status, it also requires $20,000 in spending. That’s odd for a loyalty program with so many hotels in China and elsewhere that rates are super cheap. It’s possible to stay nearly 300 nights with Marriott in a year and still not be a top tier elite.
One man probably wasn’t testing to see whether tips would count towards qualifying spend, though Marriott is at least in the process of rolling out points-earning for food and beverage while not a guest on property (something that Starwood offered for years).
Instead the man who tipped $22,000 at JW Marriott Nashville’s bar was arrested for public intoxication. (HT: 777 global mile hound)
Bar at the JW Marriott Nashville
Friends of the man started receiving “strange texts” from the man about taking drugs that would “increase[..] his intelligence” and about drinking while carrying a gun. At least he’d be smart about it.
Apparently he was also posting to Facebook at the time that he planned to give away his child.
Police said when officers found Boyers at the JW Marriott hotel on Eighth Avenue South in Nashville, he admitted to drinking all day and smoking marijuana while carrying his firearm.
Hotel staff told police he’d also caused a disruption at the bar because he made several high-dollar tips — amounting to $22,000 — and waitresses were competing to serve him, something hotel management said interfered with the operation of the bar.
Fortunately the man peacefully gave up the firearm in his pocket (perhaps he was just happy to see the cops) and he was arrested on “charges of public intoxication and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.”
Plenty of Marriott Bonvoy members have been driven to drink dealing with IT and customers service issues from the new program, not to mention the hack of their personal information.