Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Meet Dave General Manager of Doubletree by Hilton in Liverpool

This grade II listed building on Dale Street, Liverpool is the former Municipal Annexe if was Built as the Conservative Club in 1883 the council sold it off and now it is being refurbished as a 4 Star Hotel.
While walking down Dale Street today I noticed that the door was open so decided to take some photos through it, while work was going on, to document it. I asked quite nicely and was told no, I asked could I take a photo from here on the street I was told no and told by the manager Dave Hughes that he would stand in the way.
Now this is a challenge and being a bit taller than Dave I said I would take it over his head.
He got a bit indignant going on about how it was private property and how it was illegal for me to take the photograph of him, he threatened if they turned up online he would get them removed.
I suggested if he thought I was acting illegally he should call the police, he demurred. However he still insisted it was illegal. Which of course it isn't, if you can see it from the pavement then you can take a picture of it, end of story.
Well not quite it appears that when I tweeted the story Dave got the image removed by Twitter, so much for freedom of speech especially as both Hilton and Twitter are US companies.
If Dave made any claim about events I suggest I should be told as I know my way around a courtroom.
The real question is when the hotel is up and running will Dave be the one taking backhanders to tell the Paps when someone famous is in the hotel?

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