EvenBob
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March 17th, 2012 at 8:04:08 PM permalink
A recent article says 40% of Americans steal from
the hotel rooms they stay in. The faves are towels,
robes, batteries, sheets. Batteries? Are we that
desperate that we have to steal batteries? I'm not
a Boy Scout, but its always seemed childish and
beneath me. Whats the point of it.
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gambler
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March 17th, 2012 at 8:23:41 PM permalink
40% have stolen or 40% steal?

I was once coaching a team where two of my high school athletes stole pillows from the room for the bus ride home. We made them pay for the stolen property as well as apologize to the hotel in writing. They were just being young teenagers and didn't think things through.

If it is 40% have stolen from hotels, these two girls would fit the bill. If it 40% of all hotel occupants steal, I am quite surprised.
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March 17th, 2012 at 8:36:51 PM permalink
I confess that when I'm in a foreign country I haven't visited before I'll take one of the hotel "do not disturb" signs to add to my collections. FrG, how much time in Purgatory do I get for each one? However, I never take anything else. I don't even feel comfortable about taking a pen, unless I really need it.
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FinsRule
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March 17th, 2012 at 8:42:01 PM permalink
I thought they want you to take the pens. Sort of like free advertising? But besides the shampoo if it's nice or a pen if it's nice, then no.
Triplell
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March 17th, 2012 at 8:49:25 PM permalink
Quote: FinsRule

I thought they want you to take the pens. Sort of like free advertising? But besides the shampoo if it's nice or a pen if it's nice, then no.



I steal pens, paper, shampoo (although I hate hotel shampoo...so this one is a wash)..

I've never stolen towel, as I think hotel towels are not very soft. I remember my family went on vacation with anothe family, who would steal things like towels.

I think it would be pretty difficult to really steal anything else...especially without getting caught.
EvenBob
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March 17th, 2012 at 8:57:31 PM permalink
I think part of it is TV and movies fault. You see it all
the time, portrayed as a victimless crime. The hotel
is the victim, of course, and they just hike the prices
to cover theft. Its something I understand in kids
in their 20's, but whats the motive in your 40's? You
can afford to stay there but you can't afford towels
and batteries at home?
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boymimbo
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March 17th, 2012 at 9:07:37 PM permalink
We steal shampoos and soaps. We actually don't steal them. We take what we don't use home with us and ask the maids for extras. I haven't bought a bar of soap in over three years (no, I'm not dirty, but we have aboug 120 small bars of soap in our collection). It's a reminder of our stays over the year. We don't steel anything of value. We also take the pen. My wife likes to take the rest of the kleenex and even took toilet paper once.
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FleaStiff
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March 17th, 2012 at 9:09:59 PM permalink
Battery from the remote?
Toilet Paper?
Facial Tissues?
Notepads?
Coffee packets?
Bottles of Glop and Gook?
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EvenBob
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March 17th, 2012 at 9:11:10 PM permalink
The complimentary stuff like soap isn't
stealing. A lot of people take things like
light bulbs and clock radios and they used
to steal all the wooden hangers until
somebody invented a way they couldn't.
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boymimbo
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March 17th, 2012 at 9:14:00 PM permalink
If that's the case, then yeah, we've never purposefully stolen from a hotel room.
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