Re: Consumer protection or cash grab?
@GA, I get your point but the logistics of distributing that money back to the people at those hotels at time of offense would be impossible. Think about what that would take (cost wise) if the goverment had to execute it. And if you forced Hilton to execute it, what would each person get, maybe $1? 25 cents?
As Larry said, the key is the offending company feels the pain, not so important where the fine goes. It's a ridiculous practice, an extension of denying you (for example) bringing your own food and drink to a venue so they can sell you ridiculously over priced food/drinks inside. I'm just shocked we are all allowed to still go to the bathroom for free at these places. That's probably next revenue stream. :-)