‘Gun girl’ Kaitlin Bennett claims a hotel employee stole $1,500 from her room

Kaitlin Bennett, the Trump-loving, gun-touting social media personality, claims that someone stole $1,500 from her Newport hotel room.

Bennett, who gained online prominence for legally open-carrying an AR-10 rifle at Kent State University, announced the theft via Facebook. On her Facebook page, dubbed “Kait’s Unsafe Space,” Bennett wrote that the $1,500 was cash intended for her wedding.

“I was staying at Comfort Suites in Newport for the Trump rally in Cincinnati, and someone stole $1,500 of my wedding money while we were out of the room,” Bennett wrote. “I know an employee went into the room while we were out because I told her someone left clothes in the closet.”

When she returned to her room, Bennett says all of her cash was gone.

“I called the cops and they laughed about it and said they probably couldn’t do anything since it was cash.” Bennett noted in her Facebook post that the hotel employee was supposedly “rude to me when I checked in.”

Bennett concluded her post by saying, “Now I’m $1,500 short for my wedding, and the person who did it won’t be held accountable. I’m sick to my stomach.”

Shortly after she posted the story to Facebook, it picked up steam on various social media platforms. While some sympathized with Bennett’s story, other’s made jokes at her expense.

While some flocked to Bennett’s defense, others used past statements from Bennett or President Donald Trump—who Bennett ardently supports—to mock her alleged situation. In particular, many people seized upon Bennett’s adamant support of gun rights as ammunition in their teasing. “Y’all just got robbed of 1200 bucks and you walk around strapped. Tell me again how your gun keeps you safe,” Twitter user @JasonCroswell wrote.

Other’s poked holes in Bennett’s claim, noting that bringing wedding cash to a rally in another state seemed odd. “Lol I always bring my wedding savings in cash to random hotels and don’t put it in a safe…so believable,” one user wrote.

Several users also claimed that Bennett created a GoFundMe to replace the money, but, if true, it was already taken down by the time of this article’s writing.

Comfort Suites in Cincinnati did not wish to make a statement for this article. Kaitlin Bennet did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the Cincinnati Police Department.

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.