Hotel Confidential: Anger over his credit card leads to jail time

This is 62 year old James Parsley of Gonzalez, Texas.  He was recently arrested for driving his 2006 GMC Sierra into the lobby of the Comfort Inn and Suites in Alva OklahomaSurveillance footage shows an Oklahoma man ramming his vehicle into a hotel lobby.

From news reports. Mr Parsley checked into the hotel using his debit card.  When he checked out he paid cash.   When he checked his account, there was a guarantee on his credit card. He believed he was doubled charged and demanded a refund.


When a guest checks in to a hotel a guarantee or hold is placed on your credit or debit card.  This guarantee will exceed the actual cost of the room.  The additional amount held on the cards is for potential charges (called Incidentals ) unplanned ,long distance calls, parking , food charges, damage etc.) The excess is released after the guest checks out.  Generally the following day .  A credit card holder can expect an immediate release.   Release on debit cars can be considerable longer (up to 20 business days) the length is determined by your bank.


After several unsuccessful explanations by the hotel. An extremely frustrated Parsley called the Police.  He threatened the owner and staff . After the police arrived he made good on his threat.  He drove his truck into the Lobby narrowly missing the owner and an employee.

According to the police report, he reportedly told the officer the hotel staff thought he was bluffing when he said he was going to run his truck over them and he proved he wasn’t.

Mr  Parsley was held on $1 million bond Monday night in the Woods County Jail on two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of malicious injury to property valued at more than $1,000, according to court records.

His anger will cost him considerably more than the $270 guarantee on his account and it gets worse!   The manager  told investigators that “Parsley stated it wasn’t his first bad experience with a hotel manager who was also Indian, so he could face a hate crime charge.


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