• Bedbug complaints mount at Gastonia motel

    By: Ken Lemon

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    GASTONIA - A woman said she discovered bedbugs in her sheets Sunday at the Gastonia Inn, and it wasn’t the motel’s first complaint.

    "I'm very disappointed at what happened," said the woman, who did not want to be identified.

    She said she went to the motel out of necessity and didn't know about the motel's history has with the health department.

    "Everybody else is booked, and there's no vacancies," she said.

    The motel has had five complaints of bedbugs so far this year, and six in 2015.

    Health inspectors responded Monday to the woman's complaint, but said they had no jurisdiction over the room in which the couple stayed in because it's designated for long-term stays.

    Bedbugs are the tenants' problem, according to state law.

    Since last year, the hotel had one complaint of bedbugs in a room designated for daily rentals.

    The health department threatened to shut down all the rooms designated for daily rentals, but operators fixed the problem.

    The general manager refused to talk to Channel 9 at the front desk but he sent a message to the clerk, saying Channel 9 should get off the property.

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