Karen Baker was recently on a trip to celebrate the birthday of her friend's late son. Faye and Andrew Stephens' son Alex, whom Baker was the Godmother to, died in 2014 at age 22. The northwest Londoners had since made it a tradition to celebrate Alex's birthday and chose the Royalton Jamaica Resort this year.
Wanting to do something special for the Stephens, Baker requested that the staff decorate the couple's hotel room with balloons and a cake. While that request was met, the staff decided to add another decoration that left Baker "sweating and shaking."
"When I walked into the bedroom, all I can describe is [I saw] a dummy body on the bed," Baker told BBC News. "Staff had gone through my friend's wardrobe and stuffed the clothes with towels to make it look like a body on the bed. They even put tears down the face and a can of lager in his hand."
Baker added that she was at least happy to have discovered the tribute to Alex, which left her "absolutely horrified," before the parents of the deceased could find it. She may be glad to know that the Twitterverse sympathizes with her.
The UK-based tourism business TUI UK gave the vacationers a full refund of £1,300 ($2,300) per person for the five-star holiday and released a statement in response to the incident.
"We offer our sincere apologies to the Baker party for their holiday experience in Jamaica," a representative of TUI UK said. "We're following up with the hotel and believe it was a misunderstanding with no intention to cause upset."
What do you think of that? Do you believe that this, indeed, was a harmless misunderstanding caused by differing cultural customs involving death, or do you smell foul play? Let us know in the comments below?