He said: “I couldn’t believe it. It was an emotional trip already – but it was made so much worse.
“One minute I was brushing my teeth, the next I was being told I was a paedophile.”
Karl Pollard says he has yet to receive an apology from Travelodge
He explained: “My mum has just been diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer. We’re not sure how long she has left.
“I wanted to take Stephanie down to visit her before she started treatment.” Mr Pollard, who also cares for wife Kim, 45, who has multiple sclerosis, was forced to book a double bedroom because it was the only room left.
He said: “When we arrived the receptionist gave me a weird look but I thought nothing of it.
The policewoman interviewed Mr Pollard and Stephanie separately. He said: “I explained to her that I was Stephanie’s dad. The officer had to ask her loads of questions to prove it.”
The matter was rapidly dropped, but Stephanie was left “distraught” as a result. Mr Pollard said: “My daughter was in tears. She was so scared – and thought I was going to get taken away. This has never happened to me before. It was an already traumatic trip. I was treated disgustingly.”
Karl Pollard travelling with daughter was branded a paedophile by Travelodge staff
In the past, proactive action by our hotel teams has helped to safeguard young people at risk. In this instance we got it wrong and we have apologised to Mr Pollard, as well as refunded his stay.”
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 3pm on Thursday, February 8, to reports of suspicious activity at a hotel on Waters Green in Macclesfield.
“Staff at the Travelodge did the right thing by reporting what they believed to be suspicious activity to officers, although thankfully there was nothing untoward and it turned out to be a misunderstanding.”
Culled from Express.co.uk