Student has B&B booking cancelled because of ‘no Romanians’ policy
The owner of a B&B who turned down a Romanian student because of his nationality has said she had no choice because of an agreement with the local council.
Alexandru Hegyi made a reservation for one night in Tilburg on March 28 via Booking.com, but received a letter from the owner of the accommodation saying: ‘We have an agreement with the municipality of Tilburg, our accommodation no longer receives Romeinse [Romanian, DN] people’.
The owner of the B&B on Bosscheweg told Omroep Brabant she had agreed with the council to turn down any requests by Romanian nationals after she was fined €25,000 for allowing Romanians to use her rooms for illegal prostitution.
But Tilburg council denied that the owner was banned from accommodating Romanians.
‘The owner of this B&B has been involved before in illegal prostitution and has been fined. Any other measures she takes we don’t know anything about,’ a spokesman said.
The owner of the B&B could not provide a copy of the alleged agreement and has since been unavailable for comment.
Hegyi, who has filed a complaint with the council, said he wants the ‘blatant discrimination’ to be discussed on a diplomatic level and has raised it with Romanian politicians.
‘What next?’ he said. ‘Will Romanians be forbidden to walk down the street or visit a restaurant?’
Booking.com has removed the B&B from its listing.
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