"A quick snap of a moment that really spoke to me today. The owner of the Beaufort hotel where I'm staying didn't hesitate to get right to lowering the flag when the sun came up this morning. It was raining, he had a hotel packed with evacuees who were mostly on edge. He's waived his no-pet policy this week in a hotel he took over four months ago. He's got people trampling through the place soaking wet. Only a handful of employees stayed behind to work. The phone rings constantly. His hotel is leaking. The power went on and off all morning. He brought in a generator and got it working in under 30 minutes. Multiple guests told me that when they came to town and nothing was open, he gave them muffins and bananas late at night. His father operates a hotel in Yemassee that was at full capacity. Dozens slept in their cars last night in the parking lot- but he let them eat the continental breakfast and use the restrooms at no charge. 'There were so many children, of course,' he told me.
I tried to interview him on live television to show off his kindness, he humbly declined.
I thanked him for the hospitality and he apologized for the state of the bathrooms. There's peeling paint on the ceilings of them and he hasn't gotten to it yet.
He and his family, all from India, are proud business owners in this country. They take pride in their place and exude joy through the business process.
I hate the storms, but I love how they always find a way to speak to me in a way I never expect.
His name is Chad, he owns and operates Country Inn & Suites. He didn't forget."
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