The cheerleader Nora Z. spent the night here for 8100 francs – and did not pay.
To be pampered to the letter in the luxury hotel and to spend the Christmas days in a dignified atmosphere – Zurich HR specialist Nora Z. (48) fulfilled this long-cherished wish. She spent the festive season two years ago at the Hotel Dolder Grand on Zürichberg.
The stay from December 19 to 30, 2020 cost 8121 francs. The room alone cost a whopping 580 francs per day. In addition, the unemployed personnel consultant enjoyed fine food and drink – that also cost another CHF 1,700.
After the stay, the bill followed. But Nora Z. had to pass. Despite repeated requests, according to the penal order from the Zurich-Limmat public prosecutor’s office, she did not pay the bill. The deposited prepaid card was not covered. She couldn’t either, because the native Hungarian was in financial difficulties.
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“The accused already knew before checking into the hotel that she would not be able to pay the resulting bill,” writes the prosecutor. This punished the Zechprellerin with a conditional fine of 1500 francs. There were also 800 francs in fees.
Nora Z. did not agree with this. She asked for a judicial review. That’s why she stood before the Zurich judge on Monday and got upset about the court reporters who were present.
The single judge informed the accused about the lawfulness of their presence and then asked her why she had stayed at the Dolder of all places. “I grew up in the neighborhood of the hotel,” she claimed.
“Didn’t know what cheating was”
The judge asked how long she wanted to stay, but her prepaid card had no credit? “I suspected it, I wanted to stay as long as possible,” says Nora Z. “I didn’t know that it was forbidden and cheating,” she protested. “Otherwise I would have slept on the street.”
Before the five-star adventure in the Dolder, she had already owed her bill in a three-star hotel in Zurich’s Niederdorf. That’s why she was put on the street.
The patient district judge made it clear that there would be no acquittal and asked her to consider withdrawing her appeal. The cheerleader was unreasonable – and promptly received a guilty verdict: the court sentenced her to a conditional fine of 1,800 francs. There is also a court fee of CHF 1,200.
“They were completely blank and had no prospect of money,” the judge summarized the situation. Nora Z. can appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.
Why the Dolder did not clarify the creditworthiness of the credit card remains the hotel’s secret. Its media spokesman did not want to answer a corresponding Blick request “for data protection reasons”.