​‘I’m going to rape you’: Travelodge hotel TV displays ‘horrific’ threat

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A woman has received an apology and full refund from Travelodge after discovering the words “I’m going to rape you” displayed on her hotel room’s television screen.

The guest, thought to be Kimberly Anne, discovered the threatening words on her hotel television screen at the Whitemare Pool Travelodge hotel in Gateshead.

Upon informing the hotel of the rape threat, Travelodge staff removed it from the screen immediately.

Someone may have used the TV manufacturer’s code to change the setting,” the hotel claimed.

Journalist and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez described the incident on Twitter as “incredibly upsetting.”

Either it’s incredibly f**king creepy & scary – or it’s a ‘joke’. I’m not sure which is worse,” she added.

Speaking to RT, Maribeth Ackzen, a sexual and domestic abuse researcher, said: “Rape is not a joke, I can’t believe somebody would find it funny enough to place those horrific words on the screen.”

Ackzen blames Travelodge and said the hotel attendants “should have checked the room” before the guest checked in.

Evans, a gender equality charity, tweeted: “If it said I’m going to blow you up, there’d be cops everywhere calling it terrorism.”

In a statement Travelodge said: “We have already been in contact with the customer involved and apologized that such a message could appear.”

A spokesman from the hotel chain told Huffington Post UK: “We take the security of our guests and our systems very seriously.

We have reaffirmed our guidance to team-members regarding checks on the status of televisions in our guest-rooms,” they added.