Local police respond every day to heated and unusual situations. The following is one item pulled from the daily police blotter. SANDUSKY POLICE THURSDAY, JULY 21 11:15 p.m. - Cleveland Road, Comfort Inn, neighborhood kids caught swimming in hotel pool without paying for a room, made their getaway before cops showed up. For the full daily police blotter from agencies across the area, pick up the Register or check out the e-paper.



Unless the pool was very crowded or the paying customers complained, as hot as it has been, I see nothing wrong with this. As a matter of fact, the hotels could make this a good will gesture. I know that when my sister comes to visit, she stays at the hotel I suggest. I do think however, that the kids should have had permission from the hotel. And maybe the hotel could put a limit on non paying guests using the pool.

Captain Gutz



Open a hotel and invite everyone from 10 miles around to swim for free!


If they didn't have a room then they probably didn't have parental supervision either. What if something happened to one of the kids? You KNOW the parents would sue.


Kelly, you are right. I never thought of that.

Captain Gutz........I do have a pool and I do invite the kids over.

Kelly makes sense, you just have to be negative. If you notice, I said that if the paying customers didn't object and if the pool wasn't crowded. I wonder if you have ever done a kind deed for anyone with your attitude.


Captain Gutz

I don't have to be negative, but I am.

Where I work, people who are not our customers call all the time and ask for free support over the phone. To me, that's the same as opening a privately owned pool to the general public for free.

It costs a lot of money to run a business, freeloaders need to get lost.

You'll have to keep wondering if I've ever done a kind deed.

Sue Meredith

Since the kids were trespassing, the hotel would more than likely not be held liable if anything had happened. However, I can't help but wonder why the staff from the hotel didn't just tell the kids to leave. instead of calling the police?  If they were asked to leave and didn't, then call LE.

Captain Gutz


"Since the kids were trespassing, the hotel would more than likely not be held liable if anything had happened."

Guess again:

The law defines a trespasser as a person who is not authorized to be on the property in question. If a property owner knows that there are trespassers frequently their property, they can be held liable for injuries caused by an unsafe condition on the property if:

The owner created or maintained a dangerous condition on their property The condition could be the cause of a serious injury or result in an individual’s death The property owner may have known that a trespasser would not discover the dangerous condition on their own The owner did not use reasonable care to warn the trespassers about the dangerous condition that existed on their property

If a property owner is not aware of trespassers, they are not responsible for warning a trespasser about a dangerous condition. In addition, the owner does not have to make their premises safe for trespassers. Premises liability cases are likely to hold the property owner less liable when a trespasser is the victim of an injury. Yet when children are involved, the law tends to side with a child that may be tempted to trespass by something called an “attractive Nuisance”.

Legal Definition for Attractive Nuisance

An attractive nuisance is legally defined as a condition that would likely appeal to small children, but at the same time be an extreme danger to them. Attractive nuisance is used as a defense when children trespass onto the premises of another. Property that may be dangerous and enticing to children could lead to an injury liability judgment against an owner. The most common example is a swimming pool which children find extremely attractive. The owner must take precautions to prevent accidents by putting a fence around the pool or installing a childproof pool cover. The law also says that certain appliances left outside, i.e. washers, dryers and refrigerators, must have their doors removed so that small children cannot become trapped inside them. Attractive nuisance laws are designed mainly to protect children as opposed to adults.

Sue Meredith


I wouldn't call some kids trying to cool off in 100 plus degree weather freeloaders.


 Capt: I wonder of freeloaders ever become paying cutomers. A little respect might help this to happen.

Captain Gutz


Please please please start a busimess and spend all your time giving away free service.

Get back to me on how that works out, okay?

Sue Meredith


Every motel that I have ever stayed at that has a pool does have a fence and a no tresspassing sign.  And no where in the report do I see anything that says that these kids were "frequent" tresspassers.  Fact of the matter is that these kids were obviously  there without the knowledge or permission of the owners. As soon as the owner was made aware, the called LE.  And it still doesn't make them freeloaders.

Captain Gutz

Noun - freeloader (plural freeloaders)

One who does not contribute or pay appropriately; one who gets a free ride, etc. without paying a fair share.


It should have been the one where the son told the police to take the dad to jail.

Sue Meredith

I believe that definition would apply to people who are old enough to work and earn a living. Not to kids.


that should be punishable by death ...... i use to sneak into greentree inn pool .... many years ago ..... and never got caught .... i bet i swam there at least 25 times one summer (69 or 70, can't remember (altzheimer's))  .... we use to go around town on hot humid nights, just like the ones we've had this past week, and sneak in the neighbors pools or in the motel on venice rd. (closer to the railroad track) or where the best western is now on cleveland rd. (think it was the fiesta motel back then) and where the italian gardens pool was across from cedar lanes (gone now). we we're mischievous, but not destructive, except for some pumpkins we stole from corso's on cleveland road and threw them over the pipe creek bridge and got busted and had to go to police station and have parents pick us up ...... lol ...... now that's kids stuff that isn't too bad .... unlike now with teenagers, and adults,  taking pot shots to settle disagreements. the world has definately changed way too much. danger is working it's way back into man's everyday agenda!