New Jersey cops have been bribing hotel workers to monitor their guests, alerting police to those who pay in cash, receive too many phone calls, or simply speak Spanish.
For over seven years, State Police have recruited hotel managers to allow them access to registration forms and credit card receipts without a warrant. The cops offer $1000 for any tip that leads to an arrest, and promise the hotels that their complicity will not be revealed.
State troopers even run seminars for hotel staff, training them to scrutinize guests for suspicious behaviour. Although the police vehemently deny targeting Hispanics, they got around the race issue by asking staff to pay special attention to guests “who speak Spanish”.