Seek, and you shall find. An innkeeper’s duty includes not just waiting for reports of dangerous conditions but going on the hunt to find them.
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Seek, and you shall find. An innkeeper’s duty includes not just waiting for reports of dangerous conditions but going on the hunt to find them. Liability cannot be avoided by claiming ignorance when lack of knowledge is due to failing to inspect.

Presumably all hotel managers know that hotels owe a duty of care to their guests to repair known dangerous conditions. Hotels must also make routine inspections to discover dangerous conditions.

Case in point: Plaintiff was a guest at a Marriott in Detroit where she was attending a conference. The ballroom was used as a dining hall for the convention. Wanting a cup of tea, plaintiff joined a line at a buffet table. While following the path of the line, which took her between two tables, plaintiff’s shoe caught on an upturned corner of an electrical grid. This caused her to trip and fall, resulting in a fractured shoulder. She had not seen the grid because there were many people waiting in the line and the placement of tables blocked her view of the floor. 

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