]25%? I find that hard to believe.
With the poor programming of television and usually only about 20 channels, then of course people turn to the Bible... ;)
Taking the toiletries, as EvenBob has pointed out, is NOT stealing, so I think from this point on we can safely assume that nearly everybody takes those. I used to take the toiletries home, but lately, unless it's a product I really like, I tend to leave them. Harrah's hotels (and I do mean JUST Harrah's) used to have an oatmeal soap that exfoliated like none other. I would load up on those, but they have since switched to a cheap Gilchrist and Soames product that leaves my skin feeling soapy, so I don't even bother.
As far as other things, I have never taken anything intentionally. One time, when in a rush to pack, I did accidentally pick up one of the wash cloths. I agree with a previous poster that hotel towels are pretty worthless. I love how some hotels now advertise in the room how if you like the stuff you can take it, at such an inflated price it will totally discourage you from stealing anything. Nicer hotels have amazing bathrobes though, so if you don't mind spending $120 for something you can easily get for $50, it might be worth it for that.
25%? I find that hard to believe.
"Would you believe 10%?"
"I don't think so."
"How about two bored geeks and a priest?"
Anyway, I know someone who works for a small company that makes hotel toiletries. They're cheap because 1) they're small and 2) not of very good quality. Some high end places do stock high quality toiletries, often of known or chic brand names.
When I travel I bring along my own shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. Those at hotels are just plain no good. Soap, on the other hand, is just soap. Just about any kind will clean equally well. Some exfoliating kinds are different.
I agree with a comedian I heard once who said he always steals those hangers the hotel gives you that are useless anywhere else. The reason is that if they think so lowly of me that I will steal their hangers than I will just live up to their expectations. It is like a self fulfilling prophecy, treat people like they are going to steal stuff and they might actually do it.
Anyway Wizard I don't think your thefts will add to your time in hotel purgatory but you may be disturbed often by the cleaning crew coming into your room.
Ain't never been tempted to take the clock/radio/CD player but sure have been tempted to smash it to smithereens at 4:37am when it suddenly goes off due to the previous tenant or the previous tenant's little brat.Quote: WongBo
but i have been tempted to take the clock radio a few times...
I am always tempted to take the Gideon Bible and replace it with a better one.
Great idea, think I'll start replacing the ones in my rooms with copies of the Tao Te Ching. I just need a catchy name for my new NPO...perhaps the Laozi-deons.
Or maybe the Friends of Pooh, but it would probably be taken the wrong way.
I take soap only. As Nareed states, the shampoo/conditioner is not normally that high of quality, and I do not like traveling with liquids since I never check baggage, and it's a pain to take them out at security (yes, that means I always buy toothpaste at my destination and then abandon it). The soap comes in handy, I still have some Sahara soap that was of surprisingly high quality.
It is indeed a point of humor in films: Eddie Murphy reporting he had two Beverly Palms Hotel bathrobes in his duffel bag in "Beverly Hills Cop" or George Cloony/Danny Ocean saying to Andy Garcia/Terry Benedict, "So I should put the towels back?" in the "Ocean's Eleven" remake.
Didn't I see that in a Gallagher video?Quote: FrGamble
... a comedian I heard once who said he always steals those hangers the hotel gives you that are useless anywhere else.
I have trouble imagining a sane adult taking furnishings from a hotel room.
Except, as I commented in one of my trip logs, in one hotel room (I forget where), they had an iron that was tethered to the closet wall, as well as hooks to hang an ironing board. The board was missing.
How do you steal an ironing board?
How do you steal an ironing board?
I don't know, but I bet the casino was steamed about losing it... Doesn't seem like they were pressed to replace it.
I take soap only. As Nareed states, the shampoo/conditioner is not normally that high of quality, and I do not like traveling with liquids since I never check baggage, and it's a pain to take them out at security (yes, that means I always buy toothpaste at my destination and then abandon it).
I always check baggage :) Except when I'm returning the same day or the next day. In that case I can pack everything into a carry on. If the bottles are too big to go past security, simply buy small, generic plastic containers and pour the shampoo and conditioner in them. For toothpaste there are "travel" sizes available. I carry one in my bag at all times.
The soap comes in handy, I still have some Sahara soap that was of surprisingly high quality.
I stayed at the Sahara in '08. The soap then was pretty ordinary.