Hotel wishes to protect reputation against “haunted” claim

News smidgen:

The owner of a hotel in Amnat Charoen sued a celebrity mor lum singer, “Kandy Rakkaen”, yesterday for allegedly posting that she saw ghosts at the hotel on Facebook.

Source: Hotel owner sues celebrity for ‘haunted hotel’ FB post

Gee, many hotels relish a “haunted” reputation to bring in tourists. Thailand is not a country that does, though.

  2 comments for “Hotel wishes to protect reputation against “haunted” claim

  1. August 6, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    This is strange (and doubtful) on several counts.

    1) The somewhat slipshod story reports that there is no such claim on the singer’s FB page. Her public statement is that she only criticized the service. But then she adds an ambiguous statement that “believing ghosts is up to the individual.” So did she claim ghosts or not? If she only complained about the service, why not just deny saying anything about ghosts? But she goes on to say, “This should not have turned into a controversy at all.”

    2) If the FB page indeed makes no mention of ghosts, what on earth is the hotel going to produce as evidence of her libelous remarks? However, the article is noticeably indefinite about where exactly the allegation of ghosts came about. Maybe it was a tweet or something she mentioned to friends or management after the poor service (in which case it would be slander, not libel). If the hotel has formally brought charges, you’d think they would have to cite where the ghost talk came from.

    3). Finally, delving into the epistemological realm, the hotel alleges both libel and violating the Computer Crime Act, which prohibits disseminating false information online. Yet how do you prove it’s false, i.e., that there are no ghosts? If you’re going to make a case that it is false info, don’t you have to prove in a court of law that the ghosts could not be real? That’s a bit like trying to prove that aliens or unicorns or genies did not inhabit the closet.

    I’m thinking the real key to this is in the final graf of the generally shoddily reported news story:

    “The hotel has also challenged the press to stay there for free to prove there are no ghosts.”

    This smells like a reverse publicity stunt: Allege that a celebrity said something, about something that can’t be proven; invite the media for what amounts to a press junket and reap some touristic news stories. It may even be a case of “the hotel doth protest too much” as they slyly invite people to think they could be visiting a haunted abode.

  2. August 7, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    A good analysis.

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