Two St. Petersburg, FL men were arrested last night when hotel security guards at the Renaissance Vinoy hotel watched them enter the grounds and “befoul the pool with feces.”
When local police officers arrived on scene, the two were enjoying the hot tub, clearly relaxing after their hard work of messing up the pool experience for the paying hotel guests.
The two men, Michael Cline, 19 and Andrew Harris, 18 deny the charges, but I’m sure the hotel security tapes will be a quick way to determine their guilt or innocence.
The two face charges of commercial burglary and remain in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bail. The men face the upgraded charges because of the cost of cleaning the pool.
Update: the hotel has issued the following statement:
The pool at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is open.
In response to the incident that took place the evening of August 18, the pool was temporarily closed. We immediately put the hotel’s intensive chlorine shock treatment into place, an existing procedure and protocol to thoroughly clean the pool after being contaminated. This is in compliance with the Pinellas County regulations.
The health and safety of our guests are our top priorities. While the pool was closed, guests were provided with complimentary transportation to our private pool at the Vinoy Golf Club or the nearby North Shore Community Pool. To thank guests for their patience, we also provided a complimentary beverage.