> I ate at the Hotel Dario's restaurant, El Tranvia on Saturday, April 14th. The food
> was decent but not that good. I ordered a ceaser salad that was served
> with red leaf lettuce and tomatoes...not Romainne lettuce. The filet was
> ok.....BUT the problem started when the check arrived. I was being
> overcharged by $5.00 and nobody spoke good enough English to explain the
> charge. I got into a heated verbal exchange with the waiter and
> manager and after this was not resolved to my satisfaction, I paid the
> bill, including the extra $5.00 and left. As I was leaving, a 6 foot
> 4 inch security guard from the hotel appeared with a night stick,
> threw me up against a chain link fence and started beating me with the
> night stick in the kidney area. (By the way I am 59 years ago, 5 ft.
> 8 inches, 145 pounds and in poor health... At no time did the verbal
> exchange turn physical on my end...) Another bellman or waiter came
> up, pushed me on the ground and handcuffed me with Smith and Wesson
> handcuffs. They dragged me back to the hotel, some 20 feet away and
> threw me on the ground. The police came and took me to the police
> station. The handcuffs were broken and the police had to spend an
> hour trying to break the handcuffs off my swollen wrists. Thankfully
> the police were very kind, they called a taxi for me to take me back
> to my hotel. I was black and blue in the back and my wrists were cut
> where I was shackled.
> I went the next day across the street from the hotel and took pictures
> of the man who assisted with the beating of me. I was told by the
> staff at my hotel that the person was known as a bully in the tourist
> industry in Granada. STAY AWAY from this hotel. The fact that they
> hold themselves out as a four-star tourist restaurant but keep a
> nightstick and rusty handcuffs around should indicate what kind of
> service they provide. I am reporting this beating to the Nicaraguan
> embassy and the State Department.
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