Before Johan de Nysschen hopped aboard the General Motors mother ship, he held several high ranking positions with Audi. While working for Audi USA, he took a trip to New York, where he had a rather interesting encounter with the desk clerk at his hotel. He recently recounted the somewhat comedic event to his Facebook friends in a status update.
Via Daily Kanban:
“The hotel had given my room away, and the assistant behind the counter was rather unapologetic about it. So after some exchange of dialogue I told her “you don’t have to be so hard-assed about it”, which is an expression sometimes used in South Africa to describe people who are being difficult. With my accent, she misunderstood, concluding I had said she had a hot ass, which of course was an entirely different thing. Following intervention by the security people, at least we clarified the misunderstanding, even though I still had no room. Which by now, having been threatened with arrest and a jail cell, seemed like a really good deal.”
de Nysschen recently returned to New York, where he discovered his guaranteed reservation room at the Renaissance in Times Square had been given away. To remedy the situation, they got him a room at the Marriott Marquis, the exact hotel where his South African accent almost had him arrested not even 10 years earlier.
“I have come the full circle, right back to where I started,” the longtime auto exec humorously proclaimed on Facebook.
If this situation wasn’t ridiculous enough, a spokesperson from the Renaissance Times Square got wind of de Nysschen’s bad luck in regards to his guaranteed reservation room and sent him a Platinum Elite Membership card to make up for it. The only problem? They sent it to his former assistant at Audi, Tracie Kimiayi.