Comfort Inn & Suites
This was the hotel my mom and I were staying at since April 2021. We've stayed there for about a year. Until...
This is the hotel now months later after it shut down and closed indefinitely on June 7th 2022. Ever since then, we had to quickly find and move to the cheapest, budget hotel nearby.
We had no time nor money to get any truck movers. So we carried everything by hand to the hotel we're now in.
How Comfort Inn & Suites Shut Down
Elevator problems at Comfort Inn & Suites.
Old, raggedy vending machine at Comfort Inn & Suites.
A Snapple bottled drink stuck in the vending machine
Elevator problems at Comfort Inn & Suites.
The hotel had a lot of various problems as the building itself was decaying. And it wasn't getting any better after the pandemic as they weren't able to serve free breakfast anymore despite advertising that they still do elsewhere on booking sites. I still remembered the biggest issue within the building were the double elevators not working.
That was the main complaint from guests and even the receptionists and housekeeping that worked there. However, for the longest, the owner never came to check his property out. Around the late month of May was when I received a landline phone call from the front desk manager telling me that the hotel was closing down indefinitely.
She told me that the owner decided to sell his property instead of reinvesting it to fix the overall problems the hotel had for years. So the owner's plan was to change it to a building for senior living.
Where we're staying at now...
We're now staying at some cheap budget-suite hotel called Red Roof Inn. Although the nightly rate costs much lower than Comfort Inn & Suites, it's still very uncomfortable and a ghetto place to live in.
The double bedroom is also missing the necessities, such as a fridge and a microwave. Luckily, we already have a fridge and now a microwave, but that's it besides an air fryer and electric indoor grill.
Sometimes it's better to show than just tell you. So that way you see just how much debt I have. Scroll down and allow me to explain how this happened...
Financial stress as the debt keeps piling up
Remember how I said we had a fridge, air fryer, and an indoor electric grill? Well... what I didn't mention yet was how I had to borrow a $400 loan in order to buy them. This was while I was still staying at Comfort Inn & Suites before the move. But then I had to borrow a $200 loan to help with the move after the hotel owner became greedy and decided to upsell the last week's nightly rates from $65 to $100 per night! Luckily, that loan was fully paid since it was a small amount. However, just when I thought the loan repayments was all over. Recently back in July, I had to borrow a $700 loan just to help pay my mom's past due storage bill or else it would've gone auctioned. But wait, don't think I was purposely going crazy with all of my money! I do work at a warehouse job full-time. However, half of every weekly paycheck has to go to straight the hotel reservations or else we'd be homeless. Which means I can never catch a break. Not only that, but other bills as well. How am I ever going to achieve my goal for transiting from hotels to a home when all I'm basically doing is wasting more money on Uber to work (since we got no car) and DoorDash due to no kitchen? Well... I tried to take the Dart train which worked at the time about a year back until my boss decided to relocate to a different warehouse building that's further away from the train station. So now that idea is crossed off the list as well as the bus since that's too far of a walk. Back then, there was a supervisor who was on my neck, asking me why I kept getting late to work. I told him my story of how I was taking the bus to save money instead of Uber. So he tried to help out by giving me a bike from a charity a church was offering. While it seemed nice, the idea backfired as the bike was too bulky and I was pressured onto using it like it was a motorized bike over trying to make it to work on time. This ordeal only made things worse. So ever since then, I've gotten rides from some co-workers in order to save some money. My mom later did finally found a stable job throughout this ongoing pandemic. And I was eventually promoted to $15 per hour at my warehouse job. While all of these accomplishments help, it's still not enough. Sure the hotel we're in is more cheaper than the old one, but I'm now paying back high interest rates from all the loans I borrowed. Which means more financial stress just to make ends meet.
All I'm trying to do is get my life financially back on track in order to move back into an apartment. But it's hard due to the rising cost of inflation ever since the pandemic...
Currently, I work at a full-time warehouse job that pays $15 per hour. This is definitely not a career job, and everyday I'm miserable working here. Basically, it's a typical dead-end slave job where all employees do is use (15-year-old, half-broken) machinery to seal manufacturing parts in bags & foam. Which then gets shipped into boxes and delivered overseas to companies that use them. Although I get paid weekly, I can almost never save any money for anything else due to paying hotel rent costs and now high payday loan fees. Which mean every week I have to crunch in and find some new way to make ends meet by using cash advance apps like Earnin or buy now, pay later apps like Zip (formerly QuadPay) or Klarna. That's the only else way to get by without dealing with more APR fees from traditional loans.
February 2023 Update:
As of now, I'm currently unemployed after I was let go from my warehouse job on Feb. 21st, 2023. I'm not surprised by this, since this is the result from mass company layoffs heard around the news after New Year's Eve. I've even found out from a co-worker that the company decided to let go of our boss weeks later!
So my mom is the only that's currently working. I have yet to find a job since then. Many employers also seem to move on from hiring me, and it's becoming more difficult for me to land another job without reliable transportation. Since again, we have no car, so I'm having to rely on Uber most of the time if there are no Dart trains / buses nearby.
I just wish there was a suitable remote job which I could qualify for to do, but there are so many scams online. The majority of the work at home jobs currently are mostly just telemarketing gigs that require a quiet room with a hard-wired Ethernet, which I can't afford or use in a hotel room setting.
So I tried finding possible remote jobs which I thought looked legit, but turns out it wasn't. This one in particular for example was a mystery shopper gig job for Whole Foods market that I applied for back in August 2022. But turns out the $1,950 check they sent me was a fraud check that was going to bounce. Luckily, my bank reversed it, but these are examples of scams I'm talking about that makes it almost impossible to escape the slave work cycle unless you are a celebrity with a lot of followers on social media online.
With that being said, my problem is money & time. I work so much yet don't have much time for anything else. Yet vice versa, if I had more time, I would have less money since no other job opportunities or passive income to get by and save enough money for an apartment.
My hands are all tied
I feel like I'm on the verge of becoming homeless soon, or close towards if I can't find a way to get this heavy debt off my shoulders. It's very difficult trying to progress when all I'm doing is wasting more money on Uber & DoorDash.
All since we got no car nor an apartment housing with a kitchen to cook our own foods with instead. And it doesn't help that there's no government help such as hotel vouchers.
I can't do it alone...
But even if I could, it won't be enough.
The original troll tactic of calling my fundraiser a scam or spam.
Some tryhard atheist troll who's only intent is to make dumb jokes of religion over my first name.
Some troll posting a gruesome GIF of a rhino pooping, wtf?!
This is the common replies I get the majority of the time. Mostly comes from typical trolls that didn&