A motel in Bucaramanga, Colombia, has come under fire for helping an unfaithful husband hide from his wife who was waiting outside for him, and later using the story to promote itself on social media.
Motel Palmeiras has been facing a lot of criticism online for encouraging adultery by going out of its way to help a client who had spent the night there with a mistress hide from his wife, who was waiting outside to confront him. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, the motel later put together a promotional video detailing how they worked with the unfaithful man to figure out the best way to get him out of trouble.
On the morning of July 14, staff at Motel Palmeiras started receiving reports about a woman hiding in the bushes outside their building who seemed to be waiting for someone to come out. About an hour and a half later, they received a phone call from a client who had spent the night there with his mistress and had been tipped off that his wife was waiting outside to confront him. The man asked for assistance in avoiding his wife and staff was more than happy to oblige.
After evaluating the situation, motel employees came up with three alternatives for the client:
- Help the man disguise himself as a motel employee and attempt to pass by his wife (high risk of failure);
- Try to get him in a taxi without his wife identifying him (moderate risk of failure)
- Help the husband hide inside the motel facilities until his wife left (low risk of failure)
Of course, there was always the option of the man bravely walking outside and confronting his spouse, but after talking it over with the motel staff, they all agreed that the 3rd option was the safest.
At 1.57 pm, after many hours of waiting for her husband to come out of the motel, the suspicious wife finally left the premises, but the motel staff advised the husband to stick around a while longer, to make sure she was gone. At 5.05 pm, motel employees scouted the area around Motel Palmeiras for the woman, and after confirming that she had really left, the client triumphantly walked out the door at 5.15 pm.
“At Motel Palmeiras, the endings are always happy”, the Colombian motel wrote at the end of the promotional video it recently posted on its Facebook page.
However, people didn’t react the way the helpful motel had hoped. Instead of praising it for assisting the client, most commenters criticized its staff for encouraging infidelity, humiliating the wife, and using the whole story to promote its services on social media.
Those who were rooting for the cheating husband also criticized the motel for throwing him under the bus for publicity. After helping him avoid his wife, they basically confirmed that he had been there by posting a video about how eager they were to assist him.
“What garbage they are, what disgusting people,” one person commented on the video.