- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte hotel has apologized for levying a 15 percent service charge for lounge patrons during a black college basketball tournament last month.

The Charlotte Observer reports it obtained a copy of an apology from the Ritz-Carlton for the charge levied during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tourney.

The hotel apologized to any guests it may have offended and said the service fee was not to single out any group or organization.

A patron told television station WBTV about the charge and gave the station a copy of her receipt.

The hotel told WBTV that because of the size of the event, it added the extra charge for lobby beverage servers. But the station said the hotel did not respond when asked if such charges were added for other events.

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