— Tacoma News Tribune (@thenewstribune) December 30, 2020
Fife Travelodge Motel manager Shawn Randhawa was basically tricked into becoming the unwilling host to 43 occupants that were essentially holding his business hostage.
The manner in which Randhawa was tricked was through a plan enabled and effectively enacted by Tacoma Housing Now (THN), and touted proudly by spokesperson Rebecca Parson.
On Dec. 24, THN booked 16 rooms for a single night at the Travelodge Motel, bringing along dozens of people to occupy those rooms.
Yet, the group that were lodged there by THN had no intention of leaving on the morning of Dec. 25 – nor any intention of personally compensating the motel for the extended stay.
Spokesperson for Tacoma Housing Now:
“We paid for the first night and now we’re demanding that the city and county pay for the other nights we’ve been here.”
— Sebastian Robertson (@srobertsontv) December 30, 2020
In the days that followed, the group of motel squatters managed to breach at least two additional rooms at the property – but it’s unclear how that was accomplished.
The illegal occupation of the property managed to last five days, and THN’s spokesperson Rebecca Parson said that the city should pick up the tab for the rooms. She believes it’s the city’s responsibility to provide housing to the homeless.
Amazing how yall claim “we want to get them paid” but you did not coordinate with anyone to make sure they actually would… And instead resulted to criminal trespass and destruction of property, If THN really wanted em paid… They would have payed em.
— Kriegie (@KriegieGirl) December 30, 2020
But the mental gymnastics used to justify said criminal occupation didn’t end with solely THN’s spokesperson saying that she wanted Randhawa compensated for the rooms by the local government.
The outfit had also taken to Twitter to attempt to justify their enablement of a criminal occupation because Randhawa’s was one of many businesses that received a PPP loan earlier this year:
“Travelodge owner Darshan (Shawn) Randhawa received a $57k PPP loan in April. Why should government money be used to keep employees on staff running an empty building, instead of keeping the building occupied so people don’t freeze to death?”
Travelodge owner Darshan (Shawn) Randhawa received a $57k PPP loan in April. Why should government money be used to keep employees on staff running an empty building, instead of keeping the building occupied so people don’t freeze to death?
— Tacoma Housing Now (@TacHousing) December 29, 2020
Except, according to Randhawa, his business hasn’t exactly been “an empty building” both lately and while the pandemic was hitting hard.
He stated that he normally is able to rent out as many as over 40 rooms per night, and was only seeing about 15 rooms rented per evening in light of the debacle that was ongoing at the time.
Randhawa said that both the occupation and the protests going on at his business are scaring away genuine, paying customers:
“I have lost $2,800 to $3,000 a day, and I might lose employees who want to quit. I barely have 15 rooms instead of my normal average of like 37 to 42 rooms. It was like that even during the pandemic.”
It’s not like Randhawa didn’t personally try to get the people removed from his motel rooms during the initial period of the occupation.
When he discovered that the group had no intention of paying for the rooms the day after they were booked – he enabled the electronic locks on the motel room doors, so the occupants couldn’t reenter once they exited a room.
In response, people in the group forced one of the doors open. THN spokesperson Parson claimed that the group has since fixed the door, but Randhawa felt completely helpless since there wasn’t any legal action taken for days when authorities knew what was going on:
“I don’t think it’s fair. It’s criminal. They are a bunch of thugs. I won’t work with this group. I thought this was the job of the city to enforce the laws of the city. You can’t just take over someone’s house. It’s complete lawlessness.”
While Parson facilitated this effort under the premise of something that is noble – helping out the homeless – she and the occupiers were actively engaged in serious conflict with the law.
After five days of the illegal occupation, police finally stepped in on the morning of December 30th to put an end to the debacle.
Fife Police had descended on the property and ordered all of the non-paying squatters to vacate the premises, which Fife Police Chief Peter Fisher proclaimed that the inhabitants “voluntarily left” the property once ordered by police.
Among those not thrilled about the outcome – and the characterization that the squatters “voluntarily left” is Parson.
When commenting on the illegal occupants being vacated, Parson seemed both astonished and offended that her and the cohorts involved in the stunt may face legal consequences:
“It’s a total joke and an Orwellian use of the word ‘voluntary,’ because the police were at the hotel threatening people with felonies, and they’re now going on the record in news articles saying they might charge us with felonies.”
“So I don’t know what world we live in where threatening someone with felonies if they don’t leave, and then they leave, is that voluntary? Of course not. It was not voluntary.”
Fife Police did confirm that an investigation into the motel occupation is ongoing, and that felony charges could be levied toward alleged enablers and inhabitants.
Chief Peter Fisher also noted that in the event that something like this ever transpires again within the city, that the malefactors involved will be met with “swift and certain actions.”
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These sort of individuals are exactly the type that Representative-elect Burgess Owens referred to as “terrorists groups” – due to the means employed to create a favorable outcome for them.
Representative-elect Burgess Owens rails against Democrats, calls Antifa and BLM ‘terrorist groups’
December 24, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — U.S. Representative-elect Burgess Owens (R-UT), a former Super Bowl champion who flipped Utah’s 4th Congressional District for Republicans, has called Antifa and Black Lives Matter “terrorist groups” who have hurt the black community.
Newly Elected Congressman Burgess Owens Calls Black Lives Matter, Antifa ‘Terrorist’ Groups https://t.co/s4L57UUvV6
— Constitutional Nobody (@USSANews) December 24, 2020
Owens, an African American whose great-great-grandfather was a slave, said he does not support groups that participate in violent protests, and compared Antifa and Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan:
“Whether it be Antifa, a terrorist group, whether it be BLM, a terrorist group, I tell you one thing they have in common with the KKK: They’re cowards and bullies.
“They hide their faces. They go out every single night. They do it in gangs. Their goal is to destroy things, to intimidate people, to hurt people, and to do all the things that are totally against the American way.”
During an interview with Fox News, Owens called out Democratic Party leaders, saying the left wants people divided:
“These guys live the life of luxury. The NAACP, the Black Caucus [and] Barack Obama. Many of them millionaires and then telling the rest of us how this country doesn’t work.”
The racist bigoted democrats hard at work.
Burgess Owens on Race-Based Vaccine Distribution: Racism ‘Is All About’ Separation Based on Race https://t.co/bd0M2wxc59
— Claude Navarre (@ClaudeNavarre1) December 20, 2020
Owens said that he has joined the “Freedom Force,” a group of incoming Republican Congress members intent on countering the “radical agenda” of the Democratic Party. The group stated that one of its main goals is to become the alternative to the “Squad” — a group of progressive congresswomen of color including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.
The “Freedom Force” includes New York’s Nicole Malliotakis; Michelle Steel of California; Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma; Victoria Spartz of Indiana; and Carlos Giménez, Maria Elvira Salazar and Byron Donalds of Florida.
Owens told Laura Ingraham during the Fox News interview:
“We love our nation. This group will be talking against and giving a contrast to the hard left. We have the Freedom Force versus Squad; we have a group of people who believe in our country, believe in God, family, respect for women and authority, and another group who hates everything I just mentioned.”
During an August interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum, Owens expressed his view of the divide between party lines:
“We are at a very clear crossroads in our country. We have one vision that says we, the people, are empowered by education, and we will give that power to the people and the other side is they want to empower themselves by stealing our education, stealing our history.
“Which should not be a surprise, and for those who can go to Google, you’ll find out that BLM Inc. is nothing but a Marxist organization.
“They hate God, they hate the family unit, the nuclear family, and they hate capitalism, so of course they are going to feel this way.”
I believe in the American Dream, do you? pic.twitter.com/iY7vC5rh1R
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) December 20, 2020
Upon announcing his run for Congress, Owens said that the biggest enemy of the black race is not white supremacy:
“The biggest enemy to my race has not been white supremacists; it’s been black elitists, black Americans who live the American dream but who also adhere to the Marxist, socialist agenda.
“Every single urban community that is in misery, unemployed, uneducated, angry, becoming racist — what do they all have in common? The Democratic Party.”
The other side of the story – since it is not covered as much.
Burgess Owens Won’t Stand for Colin Kaepernick’s Kneeling https://t.co/FsdPPa63If
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) June 22, 2020
Owens also spoke out against football players kneeling during the national anthem and against reparations. He spoke before the House committee against slavery reparations in 2019.
He told legislators that his ancestors would be embarrassed by the way some black Americans are behaving:
“I’m so against anybody portraying that generation that did so much to raise such a great group of kids to be looked at as hopeless and hapless. They would be put down and disgusted to be looked at as oppressed when we were victors.”
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Author: Gregory Hoyt