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Woman evicted after 9-year stay at Racine hotel

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Associated Press | October 15, 2013

RACINE — A woman who has been staying at an upscale hotel in southeast Wisconsin for nine years will be evicted after running up an unpaid bill of $29,000.

Jana Ganjian said she first checked into the Racine Marriott in 2004 after her house went into foreclosure. She said she used to work in the insurance industry before going on disability due to a lupus-like disorder, The Journal Times of Racine reported.

"If I could be working, this wouldn't have happened in the first place," Ganjian told the newspaper.

She made some of her $89-per-day payments using her monthly disability benefits. But after she filed for bankruptcy in August, the Marriott began eviction proceedings. A Racine County judge granted the eviction Friday after Ganjian failed to show up in court.

It's not clear why the hotel allowed her to remain for so long. Hotel general manager Brian Wismar declined to discuss her situation, citing customer privacy.

Ganjian said she's been living in the hotel because she has no remaining family and she can't afford to rent a place.

She also said she accrued so many reward points during her stay that she reached the platinum level, the highest category. She said she tried to use points to pay for her stay but the hotel revoked her account.



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