A woman named Eun-Soo Kim was sleeping in her condo on the beach at Mallorca Beach when a friend called.
The friend was trying to convince her to pay $8k a month for a five-star hotel in Panama City, the hotel’s website said.
“This is not what we wanted to do,” Kim said.
Kim, an English teacher, had a job as a teacher at a public school and her parents were on disability.
Her husband was working as a plumber and her two kids were in day care.
But she said she wasn’t willing to pay a monthly fee that was only $8.50.
Kim said she decided to give up and make the payment at a nearby hotel.
“I wanted to show that we can do this and do it well,” Kim told Vice News.
She booked her room in the hotel in February, and she paid for the entire stay in full, minus the rooms bill, with a credit card she had already used.
After two weeks, Kim had paid $818.80.
That’s $1,569.80 over the course of two months.
Her credit card wasn’t charged because the hotel was charging her rent.
Kim had spent more than $20,000 on hotel accommodations.
But a few months later, she discovered her credit card had been frozen, and the money had been seized.
Kim contacted the hotel to get the money back, and when they didn’t respond, she asked them to send her a bill for the full amount.
After a few days of back and forth, she called the hotel again and again, and finally got a response.
The manager finally responded, saying, “We’ll refund you if you can prove that we are responsible for all of your charges.”
When she asked why, the manager explained, “Because we do not charge taxes.”
She said that was the way it was in Panama, where the government is supposed to make sure the government and the hotels are “accountable” to the people.
But Kim said it didn’t seem like the hotel would even consider that.
Kim says she was shocked when she received a call from a representative of the hotel saying the hotel wasn’t responsible for the charges she made.
Kim called the number back and asked, “Can I get the credit card?”
When the rep said they would be happy to refund her, she left a voicemail.
That call has since been forwarded to the Panama City Police Department.
“They should be doing the right thing by us,” she said.
The police said in a statement that they “do not take any position on whether hotel management or hotel guests have been in violation of any laws.”
Kim is one of more than 30 people who have filed a lawsuit against the hotel, accusing it of illegally charging her and her husband for their accommodations.
The hotel, which was listed as a hotel and spa in the tax returns, did not respond to a request for comment.
According to the hotel website, “the hotel is fully compliant with all tax laws and has no record of any violations.”
But the hotel is also a registered broker, which means that the tax bill on the credit cards account is automatically deducted.
And there is evidence that the credit accounts were not used for any other purpose.
In March, Kim told the Associated Press that she was charged $10,000 for two nights of room service in February.
“We paid for our rooms.
We paid to have our room, and we paid for taxes,” she told the AP.
The AP asked the hotel for comment on this article.