Hotel Charges Guest $350 After She Posts Negative Review

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) -

The former owner of an Indiana hotel is being sued for charging a woman $350 for posting a negative online review saying her room was dirty.

The state of Indiana’s lawsuit contends Andrew Szakaly violated the state’s deceptive consumer sales act by charging guests $350 if they posted negative reviews but didn’t inform management about problems during their stay at the Abbey Inn & Suites.

It seeks reimbursement for the former guest and an order barring the Nashville, Indiana, hotel from enforcing any such policy.

Szakaly says he’s no longer the hotel’s owner-operator.

Former guest Katrina Arthur tells WRTV that she wrote a negative review after a March 2016 stay. She says her room was dirty, with hairs and dirt on bed sheets.