Larry Ellison
A Hilton hotel catches fire -- should it pay the guests?

To the editor: I usually agree with David Lazarus, but not with his column shaming Hilton Worldwide for not covering the losses of guests after a hotel fire. ("Hotel burns down, declines to reimburse guests," Oct. 13) In the absence of negligence on the hotel's part, I don't see any legal or moral obligation on the part of the hotel to pay for a guest's property lost due to a hotel fire stemming from an act of God. The hotel guest, whether a homeowner or a tenant, likely has a claim under his or her own homeowner's or renter's policy that routinely covers personal property outside the residence. Just because someone suffers an economic loss doesn't...