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Sat., April 21, 2012

Hospitality takes a hit

Recently, I attended the PNQ Volleyball Tournament at the Spokane Convention Center Exhibit Hall and came away knowing I would not vote to extend the tax in the upcoming election. Entering the facility, I was met with signs that stated “No water allowed.” Only water for the players was allowed inside. But they would be happy when you get inside to sell you a small bottle of water for $3.25. No outside food was allowed inside.

You could purchase overpriced food from the vendors inside, but with the variety of schedules depending on when the players would play, it made it very difficult to leave and eat elsewhere. You could not leave the parking facility without paying another $5 fee each time you returned. In my opinion this is not an example of welcome to my town. It is “Open your wallet, I’ve got you now.”

I overheard an out-of-town family (players come from all over the West Coast) say, “This sure leaves a bad taste in my mouth.” I agree.

I was actually embarrassed at Spokane’s lack of hospitality, and will definitely vote to reject the extension of the tax.

Jackie Clements


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