Living lousy at Motel 6

Neal A. Haight of Tracy writes:

“When I read your Sunday article about Stacy Franco, l felt l should send this, and describe in detail, what’s ahead for her and her guy at Motel 6. I’ve been staying at the Tracy Motel 6 since September 27, 2016, after my mom and l were evicted … At Motel 6, Stacey will certainly see changes from the cottage she was living in.”

Guests cause fires, too, like this one at the Motel 6 on Turnpike road in South Stockton.

“Right off the bat her first and biggest undertaking will be noise. If in a first floor room, she’ll get to know her upstairs neighbor by his feet as he stomps around in his room–most likely he’ll be a drunken slob, weighing in at 350 lbs. He won’t set anything down easily, he’ll either throw it or drop it–at 4:00 pm in the afternoon, or 4:00 am, waking her from a good night’s slumber.

“These slobs usually get drunk, and/or take drugs. At this point, l need to caution that there are loud thumps made that can actually make one’s heart seemingly jump out of his/her chest cavity, i.e., causing a heart attack, possibly fatal. I turned in an upstairs Joe Stompson, and he retaliated by whacking his hardwood floor with a big hammer, and yelled out, “HOOMP!”

“I was surprised my 62-year-old heart held up so good. I complained again, and was told he checked out. New guy stomps, but he sleeps. So, if Stacey can walk OK, I strongly suggest an upstairs room, this way, the only problem she’ll have is the drunk next door banging hard on the wall her bed’s up against–his bed is up against the same wall only on the other side.

“Stacey will also have to put up with Joe Stompson’s rap-crap, blasting at 3:00 AM. That covers the noise issue.

“She’ll do her laundry in the Motel 6 laundry room, which is usually occupied. I go to a coin laundrymat two miles away. Every so many days, here it’s 28, Stacey will be required to pack up and go away for a day, then check back in again. At this Motel 6, they let me slide on that, though not always. When asked to vacate, l go to the Manteca Motel 6, which is more quiet, but $20.00 more per day (ouch). The price spikes on weekends, and even more on holidays.

“Motels in general are known to experience occasional suicides and homicides, this could explain the police CRIME UNIT vans in the parking lot. And, there’ll be the so-called 5150 (mentally ill person) busting up a room.

“If Stacey strikes up a friendship with the desk clerks, this would work in her favor, though this may take time.

“It will take time, but l’m confident She’ll be OK. Thanks for reading, and l wish Stacey the best of luck. And, you never know-one of your readers could very well step up to the plate and let her rent his or her home.”

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