Best Western Hotels International, Inc. Informative - Ask if Company does background checks
When traveling why not ask the manager if the company requires a background check on employees. I have worked in the hotel industry for about 9 years now, and you would be suprised how many don't. I have worked at a Super 8, Best Western, Econo Lodge, Travel Lodge, and several non chain hotels. I remodel hotels for a living, but have also managed one, and was maintenance manager for two different hotels.
A lot of the people I worked around I became friends with and talked to. Come to find out a lot of them were criminals, still on parole, some had been to jail over the weekend.
I tried to contact Best Western about their hiring policy, they claim they require it for corporate but not each hotel. I assume that is up to each owner. I know of on manager in a Best Western personally for 10 years, she has been in prision three times, all dealing with money. Now that would make me uncofortable as an owner of any business, yet she is hired by chain hotels as the manager of thier business. I asked her if she had ever had a background check done for a job and she said no. She said she just submits a resume and that's it. If you look at the resume it is very impressive, but not listed on it is all the bad. I will not name her or the actual Best Westen she works for. She was fired from Subway for embezzling, all she had to do was pay it back, she was fired and no charges would be filed. She was Fired from Holmes Group inc. for embezzelment, again payback and no charges. While working for an Econo Lodge as General Manager held pool parties at the rate of $100.00 for two hours, the money was never on the books, she has a stack of employee cards for stays at $25.00 per night she still used as of four months ago and and hasn't worked there in over a year. All one has to do is check her name and the the discount name used, she dosn't try to hide it. From there to a Super 8 in Illinois, the same as it was a new building, pool parties, but, this time 11 days of deposits were missing, and then they found that the hard drive on the computer had been destroyed, all data was sent to investagators, but was unrecoverable, no back ups were found. I don't know what happened there or the out come but I do know that 11 days of deposits were never recovered. Then a brand new Best Western went up in the next town, she put in her famous resume and was offered the job. She has been there since the ground breaking, she dosn't keep me informed of the things she does anymore like she use too, as it was a game to her as she said. She if very smart, and can fool the best of them, she is currently being offered a job by Best Western in Florida. I feel sorry for them. This is one manager that has profited highly on hotel owners.
One house keeper was going door to door trying to sell items stolen out of another room at one hotel I was remodeling. They were caught and arrested, come to find out that employee had been in jail 6 times for stealing burglery and assult.
Bottom line is how safe is the hotel your staying in? Who are the people handling your credit cards, going in your room while your out, are they cleaning it or cleaning you out.
Best Westen of all hotel chains should require all hotels to at least do back ground checks on at least the managers. There are three General Managers I know for a fact that have been in prision in the past 2 years running Best Westerns.
If your in the Datona Florida area and know of a Best Western that is hiring for a G.M. you might advise them