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  • Geebo 9:22 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dallas, hospitality jobs, Virgin Hotels   

    New extravagant hotel coming to Dallas 

    New extravagant hotel coming to Dallas

    Virgin Hotels is set to open its third hotel in Dallas, Texas, already adding to its current buildings in Chicago, as seen above, and San Francisco. The hotel will consist of 200 rooms that Virgin refers to as “guest chambers” and is set to open later this year. Eight more Virgin Hotels are set to open across the country within the next few years. The hotel will also have Virgin’s signature dining experience known as the Commons Club which has been referred to a private club that’s open to all.

    Of course, no luxury building can move into a city without a little bit of controversy. Some of the building’s neighbors are worried about the strain such a building will put on local infrastructure. However, many other businesses in the area see the new hotel as an attraction that will bring a new influx of revenue to the neighborhood.

    What’s not known yet is how many jobs are being brought to the hotel as the Virgin Hotel website is only currently accepting applications for positions in Chicago. However, if you’re looking for a hospitality position with the new hotel, keep your eye out for the inevitable hiring announcement. Unlike other luxury hotels run by a certain high-profile oligarch, you probably won’t have to worry about Virgin Hotels declaring bankruptcy.

  • Geebo 9:43 am on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dallas, Duglas Ramirez-Mendez, ,   

    Dallas man killed during alleged OfferUp robbery 

    Dallas man killed during alleged OfferUp robbery

    Once again, we are saddened to bring you the story of another tragic loss of life. This past Saturday, Duglas Ramirez-Mendez of Dallas, Texas, was shot and killed while trying to sell his car on the classifieds app OfferUp. Mr. Ramirez-Mendez was said to have been trading his Ford Mustang to someone with a Chevy Camaro and would also give the seller of the Camaro $9,000. Tragically, the Camaro never existed and was only used to lure Mr. Ramirez-Mendez into a robbery.

    Instead of meeting a car seller, a teen approached Mr. Ramirez-Mendez and shot him while the victim sat in his car. An accomplice of the alleged gunman claims he had a feeling that the gunman was going to rob Mr. Ramirez-Mendez since the gunman had no car of his own to trade. The gunman and his accomplice have both been charged with capital murder. Sadly, this comes just two months after the Dallas Police and OfferUp announced safe exchange zones at the Dallas Police Department.

    As we’ve said too many times in the past when a senseless loss of life such as Mr. Ramirez-Mendez’s murder occurs, meeting someone in a public place during the day just isn’t enough anymore when it comes to keeping yourself safe. As shown above, criminals have become much to brazen in their attempts to rob potential victims of their money. Always insist on meeting at your local police station especially when a high-dollar transaction like this is set to take place.

    Our condolences go out to Mr. Ramirez-Mendez’s friends and family.

  • Geebo 10:01 am on February 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dallas, , ,   

    Are safe exchange zones effective? 

    Are safe exchange zones effective?

    In the wake of the multitude of violent crimes that have been committed through sites like craigslist and apps like OfferUp, a number of police departments across the country have set up safe exchange zones for people to have a safer environment to make transactions. For example, each ad on Geebo contains a link to the SafeTrade Stations initiative which contains a list of all participating police departments across the country. In the Dallas, Texas area, a number of police departments created safe exchange areas after too many high-profile crimes took place where the criminals used classifieds sites or apps to find their victims.

    More recently, another murder has sadly taken place in the Dallas area where the victim was using a classifieds app to try to purchase a cell phone. This has caused Dallas news station WFAA to ask if the safe exchange zones are having any effect to which police departments in North Texas say that the effect has been mixed. A representative of the Arlington Police Department had the following to say on the matter.

    “We know people are utilizing it but unfortunately you still have that segment of the population that is still kind of trusting other individuals and meeting them offsite,” Lt. Christopher Cook said. We still have a lot of our robberies occurring at nighttime unlit places and untraveled locations.”

    A tool is only as good as the person who is using it. If people aren’t using the exchange zones it’s difficult to ascertain their true effectiveness. It seems more like the problem isn’t the zones themselves but the education and publicizing of these zones.

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