A single father on a short break with his teenage daughter says he was shocked when hotel employees called police over fears he was a paedophile.
Craig Darwell, took his 13-year-old daughter, Millie, on a short holiday, as reported by the MIRROR.
The pair checked into a Travelodge before Craig, 46, went back outside to move his car.
He then returned to the hotel’s reception, but was allegedly asked by a manager for proof that he was Millie’s dad.
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“He said it was company policy and I had to go onto Facebook to show messages I’ve sent to her,” Craig told The Sun .
The dad, whose wife, Sarah, died of leukaemia a decade ago, said he found the employee’s request “really offensive”.
And he was even more stunned when the manager allegedly told him he’d “already called the police” over fears for Millie’s safety.
“I couldn’t believe it. Millie and I have stayed in lots of places over the years and this has never happened to me before,” he said.
After officers arrived at the hotel, Craig said they quickly realised that the employee was mistaken and he was, indeed, Millie’s dad.
However, he said his and Millie’s short break had been “ruined” by the incident.
A Travelodge spokesperson said the firm takes its “responsibilities towards protecting children and vulnerable young people extremely seriously”.
They added: “Our colleagues are trained based on current national guidelines from the NSPCC, the police and other agencies and in the past, hotel team actions have led to successful intervention to protect young people.
“Clearly fine judgements have to be made and we deeply regret any distress or inconvenience caused to Mr.Darwell on this occasion.
“We are undertaking a full investigation into the circumstances and will take careful note of any lessons learned in due course, including additional training where appropriate.
“In the meantime, we would like to apologise to Mr. Darwell for the situation he encountered and we will be making further contact with him as our investigation continues.”
Surrey Police confirmed officers had been called to the Travelodge on Guildford Street after a “concern for safety”.
“Officers attended and made no arrests, no further enquiries will take place.”
A little while ago, we shared the story of a new dad left horrified after he was told he was a ‘dirty old man’ for taking his seven-week-old baby into the parents’ room. Read more about that HERE.
Is this really what it has come down to for dads? They don’t deserve to always feel like someone is watching over their shoulder when out in public in fear of being a pedophile.
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