‘Daddy’s girl’ skips on $18K ho­tel bill

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An Auck­land ho­tel has been left $18,000 out of pocket af­ter a longstay­ing guest dis­ap­peared over­seas.

Tracey Anne Gor­don, who has been con­victed of fraud in the past, had been a reg­u­lar guest of the Sur­rey Ho­tel in Grey Lynn for more than two years and paid her bills us­ing her fa­ther’s credit card. How­ever, the 49-year-old left the ho­tel in Fe­bru­ary telling staff she was flying busi­ness class to San Fran­cisco with a friend, ho­tel man­ager Denise King said.

Her fa­ther has since stopped the credit card pay­ments, leav­ing the ho­tel with a bill of $18,000, King said.

Gor­don’s fa­ther had been to the ho­tel a cou­ple of times and seemed happy with the pay­ments, she said.

‘‘She was ob­vi­ously Daddy’s girl.’’

Gor­don was not a nui­sance and al­ways ate at the bar and the restau­rant.

‘‘The staff liked her and were im­pressed by her sto­ries. She even of­fered a job to our chef on a su­pery­acht.’’

Po­lice told King it was a civil mat­ter. She is now in­tend­ing to go through the small claims court in an at­tempt to get the money back.

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