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Father Mistakenly Thought to Be Pedophile After Checking Into a Hotel Room With His 14-Year-Old Daughter

by Shanzah Sahir

A 46-year-old British man was reported by Travelodge after he checked into a hotel room with his 14-year-old daughter. He was mistaken as a pedophile.


Karl was on his way from his home in South Wales to his mother’s place in Cheshire. (Source: Facebook)

The accused man, Karl Pollard, was traveling from his home in South Wales with his daughter, Stephanie, to go see his bed-ridden mother, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Near their destination, the duo booked a double room in a Travelodge in Cheshire.


46-year-old Karl was tagged as a pedophile by mistake. (Source: Facebook)

14-year-old Stephanie and her dad had to share a room due to the lack of availability of more rooms. However, things got suspicious from the moment they entered the lodge; the staff wasn’t entirely convinced about Karl’s intentions. According to him, he was not well received by the receptionist.

“When we arrived the receptionist gave me a weird look but I thought nothing of it,” he told Independent.


The accused man traveling with his daughter to go see his bed ridden mother. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

However, he decided to shrug it off and went on with his routine, since the two were already tired after a four-hour long train journey.

“We went up to the room to get unpacked and ready to see my mum. It was only a 20-minute walk away – which is why I chose the hotel,” he said.

Karl was accompanied by his daughter who wanted to go see her grandmother. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

However, he had not the slightest of clue about what was going to happen next. Someone from the staff at Travelodge misjudged him as a sex offender and called the police on him! The hotel was then raided by the authorities and Karl was branded as a ‘pedophile’.


“It was only a 20-minute walk away – which is why I chose the hotel.” (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Karl was taken aback by all of this and didn’t know how to react. According to Daily star, the shaken father said, “I couldn’t believe it. It was an emotional trip already – but it was made so much worse.”


Someone from the staff at Travelodge misjudged him as a sex offender. (Source: Getty Images)

He went on to say, “One minute I was brushing my teeth, the next I was being told I was a pedophile.”


They both were tired after the four-hour train journey. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

“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,” the humiliated father explained.


The hotel was then raided by the police and Karl was branded as a ‘pedophile’.  (Source: WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)


The staff wasn’t entirely convinced about Karl’s intentions.(Source: Getty Images)

He talked about how his daughter was left traumatized by the incident. She was extremely upset by the authorities’ interrogation, which left her confused and scared.

“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.”


The Travelodge hotel did not apologize for the hassle and mental stress caused their staff. (Photo by Steve Parsons – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The hotel, on the other hand, did not even apologize to Karl and Stephanie. They were not provided with a refund and actually had to pay 150 pounds for the stay.

[NOTE: Some of the images used in this article are for representative purposes only.]

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