Guests at the sketchy Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles drank and bathed in water from a rooftop tank that contained the decomposing body of 21 year old Canadian traveler Elisa Lam.
The hotel also uses water from the tank for cooking. Basically, if you ingested any water in that hotel, it was Lam water. The hotel remains open under a “flush only order” as they struggle to figure out whether drinking the innards of some unfortunate dead girl could possibly pose a health risk.
The remains of Elisa Lam, 21, were found by a maintenance worker at the 600-room hotel that charges $65 a night after guests complained about the low water pressure.
Police detectives were working to determine if her death was the result of foul play or an accident.
LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez called it suspicious and said a coroner’s investigation will determine Lam’s cause of death.
Before she died, hotel surveillance footage showed Lam inside an elevator pushing buttons and sticking her head out the doors, looking in both directions. She was later found in the water tank.
Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, traveled alone to Los Angeles on Jan. 26 and was last seen five days later by workers at the hotel.
By my count, she was in the tank flavoring the water for about 20 days. The body was discovered after hotel guests complained about bad water pressure and the barely notable inconvenience that the water would sometimes come out of the tap black. Hotel guests seem to be mainly foreigners, so maybe they thought organ flavored black water was the norm.
“It tasted horrible. It had a very funny, sweetening, disgusting taste. It’s a very strange taste, I can barely describe it,” British tourist Sabina Baugh, who had been using the water for eight days, told CNN. “We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here.”
You drank “disgusting” decomp water for eight days, stood in the shower and let it go in your eyes and run down into your region, and “never thought anything of it?”
Besides low water pressure, guests at the hotel also described the water turning black at times. “The shower was awful. When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal,” added Baugh. “”It made me feel really sick yesterday until now, knowing that we’ve been drinking this water for eight days.”
I always thought British people had impeccable grammar. What happened?