I just watched a video where a guy tried to claim that the hotel or motel room he was going to meet somebody at and pay for costs "$15", in the USA. I assume he means "per night".
While money is not worth almost anything compared to what it used to, is fifteen US dollars that really "suspiciously" cheap?
I remember an old TV episode called "Man in a four-dollar room", which was apparently a cheap USA "hotel" (more like apartment) room in the 1960s. Even that seemed like a high price to me for the time and how much you could get for a "quarter" or "dime" in those days.
If I have to pay far more than $15 per night, I could definitely not stay long anywhere in the USA (or probably anywhere in the "rich" world).