Couple Sues Waldorf Astoria Over Alleged Bedbugs

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

That’s what David and Christine Drabicki of Plymouth, Michigan, wish they were told before their stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

“It wreaked havoc on us,” Christine told CBS 2’s John Slattery. “I was being invaded by something; I didn’t know what it really was.”

Drabicki said she and her husband were excited at winning an all-expense paid trip to the Waldorf for a conference in May for Allstate Insurance, the company David works for, in the Big Apple.

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“The next morning, we obviously woke up and we had bed bugs,” Drabicki said. “There were marks on both of my arms. I saw blood on the sheets.”

She says her husband didn’t show signs of bites, but she did.

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“I would say over 100 or more, total; maybe even 200,” she said.

The couple is filing a lawsuit against the famous hotel, which they claim is responsible for the nightmare they endured when they encountered bedbugs during their stay.

drabickis Couple Sues Waldorf Astoria Over Alleged Bedbugs

Christine Drabicki, seen here with her two daughters, is suing the Waldorf-Astoria after claiming her family suffered unnecessarily because of bedbugs at the hotel.

After the couple awakened in the hotel to find the bugs’ bites all over their bodies, the hotel changed their room and gave them complimentary spa treatments, but their problems didn’t end there.

What the Drabickis didn’t know was that their luggage was contaminated with the creepy crawly creatures – meaning even after their return home, they couldn’t get rid of them.

“I discovered a couple days later, my daughter came home and she had bites on her arms,” Drabicki said.

Their home became infested after the Drabickis put their contaminated luggage in their garage upon their return to Michigan. After their children suffered an allergic reaction to the critters and had to be rushed to the emergency room, the family moved out of their home for six weeks so a pest-control company could move in and wipe out the bedbugs.

She says all their clothing was bagged-up and dry-cleaned costing $500. Professional fumigation of the home cost $4,500.

Drabicki’s lawyer says it’s the third bed bug suit against the Waldorf since February. He’s charging negligence.

“When I check into a hotel, whether it’s the Waldorf=Astoria or any other hotel, I have to know that bed, that bed, that hotel room is safe,” attorney Alan Schnurman said.

In a statement, a Hilton Worldwide spokesperson said they found no evidence of bedbugs upon inspection.

“The Waldorf=Astoria takes allegations of bedbugs very seriously as the safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance. While we typically do not comment on pending litigation, we can share the following:

The Waldorf=Astoria took the guestroom in question out of service immediately following the guest complaint and had it inspected by an outside specialist. The initial room, and the room the family relocated to, both tested negative by a licensed technician after the guests’ departure. Official inspection reports indicated no evidence or indication of bed bugs.  As a precautionary measure, a follow-up inspection of both rooms in June 2010 indicated no evidence of bed bugs.

Records dating back to January 2010 show no record of any complaint or incident in either room prior to the guests’ arrival or subsequent to their departure.”

Drabicki is back for another trip to New York, and she said she was concerned about another hotel stay. Avoiding the Waldorf, she decided to stay at a hotel in Times Square – but only after checking blogs and finding no bed bug complaints.

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  • asfsd

    the waldorf are LIARSthey could have paid exterminators to clean up the room i dont beleive anythigng th hotel says. i hope she gets a good settlement and that hotel gets sued by anyone who gets bit,
    the hotel can afford to have exterminators check all the rooms for bedbugs every week.

  • Steven

    That is pretty ironic…they won a trip from Allstate Insurance company and now are suing the Waldorf “I wonder if The Waldorf’s insurance company is Allstate”.
    If a licensed technician checked out the room after there complaints, and there are no priors MAYBE it was an isolated incident BUT guess what? Drabicki could have brought the bugs to the Waldorf from there house in Michigan right???

    • rain

      Hell no i got biten. They was in the bed when i woke up. Have you ever been threw this.

  • CSI

    Well people thats the society we built. Justice for all. Where you can sue the city for a crack on the floor. Live with it now. It’s a make money world.

  • lynne

    Ypu guys spelled Waldorf incorrectly during the announcement of upcoming stories today.

  • sk

    People have suffered all over the city from bedbugs! Should everyone suit their building. Waldof-Astoria offered them a deal and they’re still compalining? Are they really blaming the hotel, or they like the publicity and money from a lawsuit?

  • Richard T.

    These people are NOT stupid, by any means. They were banking on the fact that the Waldorf wiould CHOKE on their allegations, and in an attempt to keep their claims away from the media, would settle quietly out of court.
    This couple know that this is an issue in the news, and are trying to collect on the attention that it would garner.

  • Deb

    Every time I’ve gone in to NYC lately (usually for Broadway show) I come home with bites. Thank goodness I don’t go with luggage.

  • Kathy

    I am preparing a trip to New Youk City at the end of November. Should I be afraid of taking home the same problem.

  • Jojo

    How do they know that the bed bugs came from the Waldorf. Bug bits could come from anywhere, central park, zoo’s etc. The bug infestation could have come from their luggage being transported, bus, plane etc. I think they are just trying to get money from deep pockets. The fact that the Waldorf gave them spa treatments was a courtesy.

  • Devenio

    Are these people for real? Bedbug nightmare? No these people are not New Yorkers. Your company – All State Insurance – put you and your family up in The Waldorf-Astoria? No wonder my insurance is so dammed high!

  • susan


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