Trip to inauguration turns into a nightmare for Spring women

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 1:00 PM

SPRING -- The price seemed too good to be true: $300 for a round-trip bus tour to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. with a hotel night included.

For Aesha Godfrey, it turned out to be a bumpy ride in more ways than one.

“I’m so angry,” she said.

Godfrey, her mother, her aunt and some friends booked the trip online. It was even advertised on the Dallas County Democratic Party’s website.

The bus left Austin early Saturday and had a pickup in Dallas, which is where the women drove to meet up with the group.

That is when they say their trouble started.

“We didn’t follow nothing,” Godfrey said. “Where we were supposed to eat, we didn’t eat at, um, when we were supposed to arrive in certain cities, we didn’t arrive there.”

The women admit they openly complained, but never expected what happened next.

When they finally made it to Baltimore, where the group was staying, Godfrey said they were not given a room.

They said their group leader then threatened to dial 911 if they boarded the bus again.

“So we knew then that we did not have a way home,” said Sheila Mitchell, Godfrey’s aunt.

“Christians don’t treat people this way,” Aesha Godfrey said. “That’s not how you treat people.”

The women realized they could not afford to stay longer.

Instead of seeing the inauguration, they headed to the airport early. They flew to Dallas and then drove home to Spring.

“It was too far from home for something like this to happen,” Sheila Mitchell said. “If we get a chance to go to an inauguration, it will never be President Obama’s inauguration. We missed that history.”

KHOU 11 News tried to reach the organizers of the trip. Calls were not returned.

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