MOORHEAD, Minn. – About 40 traveling salespeople were thrown out of a hotel for "very, very rude behavior," a motel manager said.
The salespeople, mostly in their mid-20s, were peddling cleaning supplies, but they sure left behind a mess, said Derek Crockett, front desk manager at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites.
Crockett's staff began getting complaints about the guests less than two hours after they checked in Monday night. The guests were drinking, partying and smoking in nonsmoking rooms, he said.
When the staff told them to leave, they "just started getting a little irate" and made threatening comments to housekeepers and security staff, Crockett said.
Police who were called to the hotel to keep the peace made no arrests, Deputy Chief Bob Larson said.
Crockett said the guests also punched holes in the walls, ripped a toilet paper holder off the wall and pulled out a couple of window screens. The rooms were still closed off Tuesday so the staff could assess the damage, he said.
The guests will be charged for the rooms and the damage. "It's going to be over $1,000," Crockett said.