NYC Hotel Maids Armed With ‘Panic Buttons’

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In a move that brings new meaning to the “housekeeping” knock on the door, New York hotel maids are now being aided with security devices.

While the security measure hasn’t been linked to French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accused incident with a hotel maid last May, the panic-button devices are now included as a requirement to a new union contract.

The contract provision says the employees must be given devices to be carried on their persons at work, which they can quickly and easily activate to summon prompt assistance to their location.

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