Joseph Ross, a Dayton, Ohio, resident, got an unwelcome "welcome" this weekend when he checked into a Motel 6 in the nearby town of Sharonville, where he planned to attend a jazz festival.
Ross told WCPO that he switched on the television in his room only to be greeted with an on-screen racial slur: "Hello Nigger!"
"I turned the TV on and when I laid back on the bed I just happened to see something on the screen and I was like, 'Ah, that ain't there, so then I focused my eyes and I couldn't believe what was on there,'" he told WCPO in Cincinnati.
Ross complained to Motel 6's corporate office and reached out to the president of the Dayton chapter of the NAACP, who confirmed the on-screen slur to WCPO.
On its website, the Cincinnati NAACP said that the Dayton chapter "independently called the location to ask if the Motel 6 had on their TV broadcast 'Hello Niggers.' The person who answered the phone confirmed the information was true but provided no explanation or clarity of why."
The police are also investigating the incident. “We are taking this very seriously and we are looking into it,” Sharonville Police Lt. James Nesbit told Cincinnati.com.
Motel 6 released a statement deploring the incident:
"At Motel 6, we are proud of the great diversity of the guests that we serve, and we are completely appalled by the offensive slur that appeared on our guest's television screen Friday. We are investigating to determine how this mishap occurred, and after inspecting other rooms this appears to be an isolated incident."
Visit The Travaasa Hana
This Hawaiian hotel, formally known as the Hāna-Maui, has a reputation for being a simplistic bungalow getaway. <a href="http://www.travaasa.com/hana/#/travaasa-hana-overview" target="_hplink">The Travaasa Hana</a> does not offer WiFi or television in individual suites. "The beauty of the hotel is that it has that old Polynesian feel, with no TVs or clocks in the room," a representative told <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2489-digital-detox-vacations-check-your-iphone-at-the-hotel-door.html" target="_hplink">TechNewsDaily</a>.
Try A Digital Detox
In 2009, former techie Levi Felix found himself in the hospital because of a stomach ulcer, prompting him to give up his lifestyle and run a guesthouse in Cambodia, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/reyhan/an-intervention-for-tech-addicts" target="_hplink">according to BuzzFeed</a>. Upon his return to the States, he realized American's tech infatuation had only gotten worse. To wean off the tech-obessessed, Felix began hosting "off-the-grid weekends for around a dozen paying guests at a time." <a href="http://thedigitaldetox.org/" target="_hplink">The Digital Detox Retreat</a> is held monthly and includes activities like yoga and hiking with a strict no-tech rule.
Head To NY's Adirondack Mountains
Head to New York -- no, not New York City -- for a wireless retreat in the wilderness. After pulling off a highway in the <a href="http://visitadirondacks.com/" target="_hplink">Adirondack Mountains</a>, it's probable you won't have mobile phone reception again until the trip home (if you're a Verizon subscriber, at least). With the lack of cell towers and sparse WiFi hubs, there's hardly a temptation to check email, since that task is quite impossible. Better yet, you won't have to pay for an exclusive hotel to enjoy an unplugged, upstate experience. Check out <a href="http://cloudsplitteroutfitters.com/Olbert/Welcome.html" target="_hplink">Cloud-Splitter Outfitters </a>in the small town of Newcomb for classy cabins, without digital access. The rolling river nearby will make you wish you could post a photo to Facebook.
Visit Ireland's Aran Islands
Dublin is a city like any other, so if you long to truly relax and see old Irish life, head toward the West Coast of Ireland and hop a ferry to the <a href="http://www.aranislands.ie/" target="_hplink">Aran Islands</a>. In this remote area, thatched roofs and rolling, stone-lined fields hint at an ancient Gaelic culture. <a href="http://www.ardeinne.com/" target="_hplink">Most B&B's and guesthouses</a> in this area have limited cell phone service, and many don't have Internet connections. But you won't crave your laptop with these breath-taking views.
Take A Sailing Adventure
Ahoy, techies! Find a weekend sailing trip and escape society for a few days. When traveling on water, cell phone service is often spotty, and outlets for your electronics will be difficult to find. Some isolated sailing trips include <a href="http://www.amicusadventuresailing.com/FAQ_Isle_Royale.html" target="_hplink">Isle Royale, Michigan</a> and parts of the <a href="http://www.adventure-sailing.com/index.asp" target="_hplink">Southern California's coast</a>.
Go Wireless In Amish Country
Pennsylvania and Ohio's Amish country offer another opportunity to leave your gadgets behind and step into the past. You'll see horses and buggies but won't find many modern conveniences -- and that's the point! You can observe the Amish's simplistic ways by day and can remain relatively unplugged at night at certain guesthouses, like Ohio's <a href="http://grandmas.moreheadmarketing.com/ghbandb.php" target="_hplink">Grandma's Homestead Bed & Breakfast</a>, where you won't find Internet, phone or television access.
Head To Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is home to geysers, rivers, bison and more. But good luck sending Instagram pictures of your cowboy experience. Instead, relax at the <a href="http://www.mtnsky.com/" target="_hplink">Mountain Sky Guest Ranch</a> or hop on a horse for the first time. While there is some internet service in the lodge's main lounge, <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/iconic-trips/2009/11/10-Perfect-Days-in-Big-Sky-Country-Montana-and-Wyoming" target="_hplink">Conde Nast Traveler</a> warns tech-savvy visiters: "Don't bother turning on your cell phone or looking for a television." You'll only be disappointed with the persistent "no service" symbol on that silent mobile.