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mattmann
May 9, 2012, 03:07 PM
I just thought y'all might get a good smirk out of this. I am out of town working in Louisiana and at the hotel I'm trying to look at AK slings and this is what I get......:banghead:

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Rail Driver
May 9, 2012, 03:09 PM
Personally, if I hadn't been in the room overnight yet, I'd get my money back (less the obvious cancellation fee) and find a 2nd Amendment friendly hotel. I've never had a problem with Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn, or even Super 8

I'd also make sure to let the management know WHY I was cancelling.

Manson
May 9, 2012, 03:10 PM
So the Droid blocked the site? Or the hotels connection?

Skribs
May 9, 2012, 03:25 PM
I'm guessing it was the hotel's connection. Keep in mind that a lot of web filters have "weapons" listed in them, because parents might want to keep their kids from looking up weapons (regardless of whether or not you agree) and if the hotel just set it up as-is then they might not have realized the issue. They may even have de-selected it, but it got re-selected automatically during a product update.

medalguy
May 9, 2012, 03:28 PM
Share with us the name of the hotel.:scrutiny:

Sam1911
May 9, 2012, 03:47 PM
Wait...the hotel's WEB FILTER tells you to "remain calm and proceed to the nearest exit..."?

Huh! I believe I would!

mattmann
May 9, 2012, 04:06 PM
Yea this is the wifi deal here at the hotel. That is a screen shot of my laptop. It's a microtel. Believe it or not a super nice hotel and a Jacuzzi room to boot! It just gets annoying that I can't look at my sites on my laptop. I have to use my phone I guess. Already payed for two weeks so refunds are kind of out of the question. Oh well might as well educate my fellow gun enthusiasts

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Rail Driver
May 9, 2012, 04:11 PM
I'd at least make an attempt to remedy the situation with the hotel management - The only difference between paying for 2 days and 2 weeks is the amount of money the hotel stands to lose when you request a refund and find a different room in a different hotel. I'd be willing to bet that if the hotel has an IT guy on staff they'll be willing to make the change, at least for your particular access point.

CountryUgly
May 9, 2012, 04:41 PM
Ouch ! That's harsh.....

B!ngo
May 9, 2012, 08:57 PM
I would ask them to open up the filters as well. And if not, leave. Much less as a 2nd amendment thing, but a freedom of speech thing. The default should be 'off', allowing a parent to turn it 'on' at purchase. If they're policy is 'off' unless (or whether) you ask, that's dangerously close to my free speech line.

thorazine
May 9, 2012, 09:23 PM
You fibber...

You were looking up porn weren't you? =p

Ohio Gun Guy
May 9, 2012, 09:40 PM
They probably encourage and make money from porn.... but no "weapons"!

Frank Ettin
May 9, 2012, 09:41 PM
I've never had a hotel block a site either. I'd sure find a different hotel.

mrvco
May 10, 2012, 12:14 AM
I've never found a hotel running a content filter... Of course the wifi usually sucks so bad that I just end up tethering to my smart phone so I may have just never noticed.

Ian
May 10, 2012, 12:35 AM
I ran into the exact same situation when I went to Vegas for SHOT this year. My hotel (not one of the big ones) had a web filter and blocked about a third of the gun sites I tried to go to. I complained to the front desk, who escalated me to a manager, who had the filter disabled for me by the time I got back on the second day.

Deus Machina
May 10, 2012, 02:03 AM
Talk to the front desk, then the manager, if you need to.
I'm not sure about recent software, but it used to be that antivirus/firewall suites for networks like what a hotel would use often came with content filters, some of which defaulted to 'on' unless someone went through and turned parts or the whole thing off.
Like leaving Google's Safesearch checked on.

Flopsweat
May 10, 2012, 02:50 AM
Tell them that you didn't order parental controls, you'd better not be charged for them and please turn them off now. Bambi and Destiny aren't going to wait forever. ;)

northark147
May 10, 2012, 02:53 AM
At least if the police show up, you can tell them the hotel doesn't allow searches for Weapons.... Yea they would have to change that or I'd be out of there

Centurian22
May 10, 2012, 03:40 AM
Wow I also work in LA and as many others have posted would be at the front desk and speaking to a manager if necessary right away. ESPECIALLY if I was going to be there for two weeks. Any chance you'll hint at the name or location so I can be sure to steer my business to a more freedom friendly establishment?

SharpsDressedMan
May 10, 2012, 08:28 AM
So if your a businessman who makes a living dealing with weapons and accessories, etc, you cannot do your business while staying there? Firearms companies, dealers, wholesalers, police and swat teams, military, and gun event people. Seems like a lot of hotel/motel business to scare away...............

Fremmer
May 10, 2012, 08:38 AM
That crap only keeps employees from interesting internet sites.

Deus Machina
May 10, 2012, 08:40 AM
Push comes to shove, try checking through Google for a proxy site.
A lot of filters block them now, but it's still possible to find a sneaky one.
Used to play Flash games at school by going through a proxy...

Tim the student
May 10, 2012, 11:16 AM
I'd speak with the manager, and ask them to turn the filter off. If he refuses, I'd start looking for another hotel - and I'd start that search by asking what he recommends.

TNboy
May 10, 2012, 12:18 PM
I believe Microtel is franchised, so this would be a local issue and not necessarily an issue with all Microtels.

Ryanxia
May 10, 2012, 12:49 PM
I'd call up the front desk and ask them to remove the parental guidance on the wifi. If they can't then I'd put up a stink.

Carter
May 10, 2012, 12:53 PM
The Microtel in my hometown has a no guns sign. I'd never stay at one.

mattmann
May 10, 2012, 04:20 PM
Wow I also work in LA and as many others have posted would be at the front desk and speaking to a manager if necessary right away. ESPECIALLY if I was going to be there for two weeks. Any chance you'll hint at the name or location so I can be sure to steer my business to a more freedom friendly establishment?

Baton rouge! That's what i don't get I have worked here for years and normally stay at the Marriott and they were booked up and we have direct bill with this company. But I have never seen this before in all my years of travel. On the bright side Jim's Firearms here is awesome! They have a web page but they sell everything! The problem I'm having with the manager is I work from 5p-5a and they are never here when i am up and about. (Problem to remodeling banks)

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hso
May 10, 2012, 04:21 PM
I travel a lot and I have never seen one of those.

CoRoMo
May 10, 2012, 04:27 PM
Thanks for the heads up! I'll be in a hotel tomorrow night. I'll only stay there if the wifi is 2A compatible. ;)

mattmann
May 10, 2012, 05:12 PM
UPDATE!!
just talked to the guy at the front desk and told him my issue. He said I know its stupid he's into fencing and can't look at that stuff because its a weapon. I said well tell the manager take it off there. He said well I tried and he said no he has it set up like that on purpose. I was like okay well tell him his guest is requesting it off or he's finding another hotel. He said okay I will take care of this for you. I said that's about stupid for anyone to do this and he goes "well you have to think some people want to rent a hotel and learn how to off people with guns and stuff so it might be reasonable" it took all I had to not ROLL ON THE FLOOR! I looked at him and said Really?? Really?? I said that is NOT valid. People can watch TV if they want to learn how. They don't need the web or a hotel. Anyways I am peeing in the wind I'm afraid but that's that...

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gym
May 10, 2012, 05:34 PM
Tell them you need to run your business from your laptop, and that requires you going to some websights that sell weapon related products, if they don't remove it after asking as mentioned above. Also I can find you and IP spoofing program or free proxy server, on one of my tech websites. But you shouldn't have to go through this in order to exercise your freedom of speech.
There are a million things you could try but first see if they just allow you in. Also let me know if the modem is in your room.

SharpsDressedMan
May 10, 2012, 05:48 PM
Nobody likes bad press in businesses that are highly competitive. That type of policy will not stand scrutiny OR bad publicity. I'd get on the horn to the higher offices of the motel managment, and tell them that you'll be adding bad reviews to internet sites, and that will be detrimental to their business. They might just understand that and lift the restraints.

Old Fuff
May 10, 2012, 06:29 PM
If in your work you have access to a printer, hook it to your laptop and make a hard copy of this thread. Then hand it in at the desk. :evil:


If that won't work them make a copy when you get home and mail it back to them. Explain that this forum has literally thousands of members and visitors, many of whom will have decided to avoid they're hotel and others in the same chain. This the manager should be able to understand. :uhoh:

Also include this:

Threads: 598,925, Posts: 8,008,361, Members: 162,807, Active Members: 12,834

mattmann
May 10, 2012, 07:39 PM
If in your work you have access to a printer, hook it to your laptop and make a hard copy of this thread. Then hand it in at the desk. :evil:


If that won't work them make a copy when you get home and mail it back to them. Explain that this forum has literally thousands of members and visitors, many of whom will have decided to avoid they're hotel and others in the same chain. This the manager should be able to understand. :uhoh:

Also include this:

Niceeee! I will definitely use this! Thanks so much!

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Carl N. Brown
May 10, 2012, 08:28 PM
....he goes "well you have to think some people want to rent a hotel and learn how to off people with guns and stuff so it might be reasonable"

Yep, I saw that episode on CSI: Cluelessville: stone cold killers go to a hotel to learn how to off people. It takes special people to rise to management level.

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