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2012-12-07 04:56:47 PM
I give all the hotel soaps and stuff to a women's shelter, we have a box in the office just for that purpose. I don't see a need for 12 lint rollers or 37 bottles of lotion. I need one bar of soap (or a few of those really tiny ones).

It is unethical to steal so lying about the gin I took from the minibar or the movie I watched is simply wrong. I do drink the gin, but I pay for it. I never watch the movies, local news in different cities is interesting enough for me.

I'm not tipping the desk clerk, I will tip the valet guy (I seldom use valet when I go to hotels I usually take a taxi) and I tip everyone else that normally receives gratuities. If I ask the housekeeper for more towels or pillows or something I will of course give a small tip when they arrive.

The book must suck. If you need a book about how to steal stuff from hotels you must be a real loser.
 
2012-12-07 05:01:44 PM
I feel for the guy in that stock photo. he has to live the rest of his life knowing that picture exists.
 
2012-12-07 05:21:35 PM

ManateeGag: I feel for the guy in that stock photo. he has to live the rest of his life knowing that picture exists.


yeah, but I bet he rakes in the big royalty checks everytime someone needs a "hotel bellhop doing the sssshhhh thing" in their campaigns! That $0.03 really helps out in this economy.
 
2012-12-07 05:25:24 PM

feckingmorons: I give all the hotel soaps and stuff to a women's shelter, we have a box in the office just for that purpose. I don't see a need for 12 lint rollers or 37 bottles of lotion. I need one bar of soap (or a few of those really tiny ones).

It is unethical to steal so lying about the gin I took from the minibar or the movie I watched is simply wrong. I do drink the gin, but I pay for it. I never watch the movies, local news in different cities is interesting enough for me.

I'm not tipping the desk clerk, I will tip the valet guy (I seldom use valet when I go to hotels I usually take a taxi) and I tip everyone else that normally receives gratuities. If I ask the housekeeper for more towels or pillows or something I will of course give a small tip when they arrive.

The book must suck. If you need a book about how to steal stuff from hotels you must be a real loser.


I like the local news too when traveling, in countries where I understand the language of course. When I don't understand the language, I just shower and order a hooker.
 
2012-12-07 05:27:32 PM
I've never tipped a maid in my life unless I ask for something. I've just starting hearing about this.
 
2012-12-07 05:27:37 PM
I'm pretty surprised that a major news outlet would publish this information. Isn't it illegal to provide specific advice on how to steal? I know it's from Fox News, but c'mon...
 
2012-12-07 05:30:37 PM
FTA: "The Concierge: For something like directions around $2-3 will suffice, but if their getting you reservations at a popular restaurant you should give about $10-20. Even in the era of the Internet and smart phones, concierges still have firsthand experience with the best places in town."


Better advice, don't just do the things the Concierge suggests (restaurants, tours, activities, etc.) I work in the tourism industry, and I can personally vouch that Concierges are some of the most clueless people around. They don't actually have time to do, see, or east everything a town has to offer, and the vast majority of them take kickbacks for recommendations. It should come as no surprise, really - they're paid to recommend places to you. A tour company I used to work for typically paid the Concierge 30% right off the top - more than the guide who actually gave the tour made.

Recently, there was a bit of a scandal when the Concierge at the Orient-Express property recommended an "unapproved" restaurant. The guy was busted by a hotel secret-shopper. I guarantee the next Concierge got the message.

IMHO, tip the Maids and Bellhops - they likely need the money and can actually do some really fundamental things to improve your visit. The bartender is also a good person to remember. Valets, yes (unless it's a rental). But Concierges and Managers? No way. Avoid them in general, unless you're making a complaint, which can then be used as leverage because then they'll owe you.
 
2012-12-07 05:33:35 PM
Actual article: Buy them.

Seriously, I'm not paying for most of that stuff and I'm not going to lie about watching a movie just so I can get it for free either.

When I travel, I don't go to stay in a farking hotel. The valet? Ha! I don't stay in hotels with a valet. Whether there's a parking garage or a parking lot, I'm perfectly capable of parking and retrieving my own car.

Bellboy? What is this? Quadrophenia? Link

The maid? You're kidding, right? I'm very sorry that they have a shiatty job, but I'm not going to tip them for more lotion and shampoo. Oh, "they'll have closets stocked with amenities to take advantage of; slippers, shoe horns, lint rollers and all sorts of travel sized items" WTF do I need with slippers, shoe horns and lint rollers? Will they give me a blowjob? Or at least a fleshlight? No? I didn't think so. I'm not tipping them.

The concierge? Just run my credit card and give me my key dipshiat. I don't want a blow job from you.

Mini bar? Uh, is there a liquor store in town?

I suppose the author would tell me I should have tipped one "concierge" when I dropped in and asked where the nearest bar was. He said he didn't know so I walked out and took a look around. There was one right next to the farking hotel. I should have had to tip for that information?

Here's a tip for the hotel staff - don't be assholes and pretend you don't know there's a bar right next to the farking hotel when a guest asks you where the nearest bar is.
 
2012-12-07 05:39:33 PM
I feel like that article should have ended with "Baby, you've got a stew going."
 
2012-12-07 05:43:51 PM
It's not theft, it's "fiscal responsibility."
 
2012-12-07 05:45:11 PM
Eh, I stock up on the toiletries. The maid always seems to drop off fresh bottles and bars of soap every day, so I just keep using the one I opened on the first night and toss the subsequent ones in my Dopp kit. They're quite useful for the gym and traveling and such, sometimes you get brand-name stuff at the ritzier establishments, and housekeeping is going to toss them all anyway when I check-out so why let them go to waste?

But hotel bathrobes and towels? Meh. Not really worth the bother, and often not really worth stealing in the first place.
 
2012-12-07 05:49:22 PM
"They're supposed to have robes preset in each room but you can call up and tell them your room is missing a robe. In the time it takes someone to come up and deliver you another one, you can stash the extra robe right into your suitcase."


Why limit this to bath robes? I might try this with a set of sheets, or some wall art, or even a queen sized bed the next time I'm at a hotel. I can't believe I didn't think of this before!
 
2012-12-07 05:52:22 PM
You don't tip the maid directly. Each and every day you leave a small tip out... The maids don't do the same rooms everyday.
 
2012-12-07 05:54:35 PM
Although it's hard to believe in a world where most mini bars have become censored, he insists that all you have to do is tell the front desk you 'never touched the minibar' and they will wipe away the charges.

Those damn mini bars and their potty mouths. It's about damned time someone censored them.
 
2012-12-07 05:55:50 PM
Hey, my first green.

/Happy dance.
 
2012-12-07 05:57:11 PM
Also, in this spirit of this guys sound advice, I'm writing a book on how to get any woman IN THE WORLD to sleep with you Seriously, any woman. Single, married, doesn't matter. I'm thinking about titling it "Dating For Success: Rape".
 
2012-12-07 05:57:42 PM

ImperialHazman: Hey, my first green.

/Happy dance.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-07 05:59:23 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: IMHO, tip the Maids and Bellhops - they likely need the money and can actually do some really fundamental things to improve your visit. The bartender is also a good person to remember.


I'll tip the bartender. I really have no use for a bellhop and have actually never even used one. I guess I might have seen one or 2 helping elderly people with their luggage. If I used one, it would be because I was old and decrepit or perhaps physically incapacitated in some other way and I would throw them a few dollars

The maid? Seriously, WTF is the maid going to do for me besides her job?

Most of the time I don't even want maid service. I usually don't stay in hotels long enough to need clean towels or sheets and unless I drink a bunch of beer I don't even need them to take the trash out. (And truth be told, I'd be fine with letting the empties stack up in a corner of the room).

I don't wash my towels and sheets every day when I'm at home and I don't vacuum every day either.

The ONLY thing I expect from maid service at a hotel is that the towels and sheets and the room are clean when I check in. Apparently that's too much to ask in some cases (I'm looking at you Doubletree).
 
2012-12-07 06:01:54 PM
pretty much everything he discussed doesn't exist in motel 6, unless the desk clerk assumes concierge duty and offers you some crack or hookers.
 
2012-12-07 06:02:56 PM

mrlewish: You don't tip the maid directly. Each and every day you leave a small tip out... The maids don't do the same rooms everyday.


I was going to ask how to tip a maid. Not that I would, but if I left $10 on my bedside table without a note saying "Take my money" I'd consider it stolen if I came back to my room and it was gone.
 
2012-12-07 06:03:32 PM

Happy Hours: The ONLY thing I expect from maid service at a hotel is that the towels and sheets and the room are clean when I check in.


i'm not even really a stickler on 'clean'.

just don't let the sheets be crunchy, and typically traveling-me will be content to pass out on them.
 
2012-12-07 06:05:15 PM
Fark tip threads are always good for my self-esteem.
 
2012-12-07 06:17:54 PM
give away all your money then lie, and cheat to get the stuff you could have paid for,


If you didn't give away all your money


Brilliant
 
2012-12-07 06:22:16 PM
I've worked at a few different Marriotts in the past couple of years. Hotels are usually happy to accommodate some fairly weird requests as long as you ask at a quiet time with a smile and a thank you and in person is generally better. And despite what you think we do know when people steal stuff but the vast majority of the time it's not worth the trouble of arguing over it. But if you're repeatedly a jerk or liar to the front desk you can bet you're going to be charged for those towels.

Kraftwerk Orange: But Concierges and Managers? No way. Avoid them in general, unless you're making a complaint, which can then be used as leverage because then they'll owe you.


It really depends on what the complaint is and what you think should be done to fix it. We try really hard to get everybody what they want but sometimes even reasonable requests can be difficult or impossible depending on what else is happening at the hotel. If it's a real complaint then we'll try to fix the situation first and then judging on whether you're a nice guy who seems genuinely put out we'll usually do free breakfast or drinks at the bar. If you make a complaint obviously looking for free stuff then we'll fix the problem and you get nothing extra. For example, you can complain all you want about the construction across the street but we can't do a damn thing about it.

Concierge is actually a pretty miserable job. It's like a complaint hotline but where people with unsolvable problems biatch at you in person and you can't do anything but smile and apologize. No, we can't rearrange the furniture, give you 30 pillows, cash a $1000 check, or have the elevators steam cleaned at 3 am, and if you take glass into the pool one more time I will throw your ass out. When I had somebody genuinely thank me it was like Christmas.

/Take all the shampoo and soap you want, we throw them away when the room is turned over.
//If you tip you will absolutely get better service especially if your a repeat guest, but it's better to not tip at all than be remembered as the guest who gave a cheap tip.
 
2012-12-07 06:23:42 PM

Happy Hours: Actual article: Buy them.


If by "buy them" and not "stealing" you mean bribing the staff to give you stuff the hotel owns than sure. Imagine trying to get a candy bar at Wally World by slipping the cashier a couple bucks.
 
2012-12-07 06:40:14 PM
"he insists that all you have to do is tell the front desk you 'never touched the minibar' and they will wipe away the charges."

Sorry but you don't want to try this often, you may get away with it at one or two hotels, but not many. Where I worked they would just charge the persons credit card for anything missing from the room, including the mini bar stuff, after they checked out.
 
2012-12-07 06:44:12 PM
www.geekexchange.com

Knows something about stealing hotel robes.
 
2012-12-07 06:46:55 PM
Here's a tip on how to get free socks and candy:
Go to your local drug store. When no one's looking, shove them in your bag. Now, here's the most important part--walk out without paying for them.
 
2012-12-07 06:47:59 PM
If I stay more than 1 night I will tip about $2 a day to housekeeping and I take all the toiletries. I'm not sure why but I love those little bottles and the little soap.
 
2012-12-07 06:51:20 PM
I tip the maid everyday at every place that I ever stay. It's kind of my way of saying, "Please don't clean my toilet with my toothbrush like you do for the people that don't tip you."
 
2012-12-07 07:03:47 PM

Happy Hours: The maid? Seriously, WTF is the maid going to do for me besides her job?


You don't tip her to get her to do her job. You tip her to keep her from putting your toothbrush in the toilet.
 
2012-12-07 07:08:49 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: Happy Hours: The maid? Seriously, WTF is the maid going to do for me besides her job?

You don't tip her to get her to do her job. You tip her to keep her from putting your toothbrush in the toilet.


Thanks - from now on I'm going to carry my toothbrush with me at all times when I'm staying in a hotel.
 
2012-12-07 07:09:21 PM

CreamFilling: Here's a tip on how to get free socks and candy:
Go to your local drug store. When no one's looking, shove them in your bag. Now, here's the most important part--walk out without paying for them.


Wow! that worked.

.,,, I'll be right back, someone is banging on my door.
 
2012-12-07 07:18:10 PM

Banacek: I've never tipped a maid in my life unless I ask for something. I've just starting hearing about this.


I used to travel on business and it said that I could tip up to $10 without a receipt on certain things, so I started tipping the maid because I was getting paid back. The $200/night Marriott didn't have a freaking fridge and every day I'd get into the room and the maid would have filled the sink with ice and my diet root beers. It was nice.
 
2012-12-07 07:23:57 PM
I think some hotels want you to take the soaps and little bottles in the bathroom. It's 'free' advertising. And I mean free as in they pay next to nothing per bottle or soap.

And I don't really use those things, everything from the hand lotion to shampoo and conditioner looks like scented spunk. I'm not washing my hair with goat semen, TYVM.
 
2012-12-07 07:47:59 PM

Banacek: I've never tipped a maid in my life unless I ask for something. I've just starting hearing about this.


This, unless they are helping me clean up the blood from a murdered hooker, it seems a little extreme to leave them a tip too.
 
2012-12-07 07:49:08 PM

JonZoidberg: Banacek: I've never tipped a maid in my life unless I ask for something. I've just starting hearing about this.

I used to travel on business and it said that I could tip up to $10 without a receipt on certain things, so I started tipping the maid because I was getting paid back. The $200/night Marriott didn't have a freaking fridge and every day I'd get into the room and the maid would have filled the sink with ice and my diet root beers. It was nice.


Intriguing - when I used to travel for work, I'd usually make 2-3 trips to the ice machine and fill up the sink to keep my beer cold. It does get messy when it comes time to brush your teeth though.

Pro-tip: The trash can holds a lot more ice than those silly ice buckets they put in your room and if you're just using the ice to keep your beer cold it doesn't matter that it's a little dirty.

It's a nice service, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay for it. Many years ago in high school it was raining like hell and one of my classmates told me he'd give me a dollar to run out to his car and turn off his headlights. Everyone laughed at me, but I did it. Farking rich spoiled brats - it was worth a dollar to me at the time to be laughed at and soaked in the process. Today I'd tell him he was a dumbass to leave his lights on and charge him $10 to jump-start his battery. Only that guy though - I'll gladly help anyone else with a dead battery and tell them no thanks is necessary.

Saberus Terras: I think some hotels want you to take the soaps and little bottles in the bathroom. It's 'free' advertising. And I mean free as in they pay next to nothing per bottle or soap.


I heard about a charity that takes unused hotel soap and ships it to Africa. They process it into larger bars so they're not just handing tiny pieces of soap to the unwashed. Seems like a good idea to me.

And I don't really use those things, everything from the hand lotion to shampoo and conditioner looks like scented spunk. I'm not washing my hair with goat semen, TYVM.

Awwww - your hair is so precious. It's all pretty much the same farking thing.
 
2012-12-07 07:53:42 PM
TFA: "Nothing less than $5, but you can give $10-20 upfront if you're staying for a few days. "If you happen to see a maid with her cart in the hallway stop and see if you can grab some extra shampoo or lotion, slip them a few dollars and ask if they can send up whatever else they can. Depending on the level of the hotel, they'll have closets stocked with amenities to take advantage of; slippers, shoe horns, lint rollers and all sorts of travel sized items," Tomsky said."

ProTip: If you are giving the help $20 up front to give you some "freebies" that you can pick up for less than a dollar at the local Target, they really aren't freebies anymore.
 
2012-12-07 07:55:12 PM

Happy Hours: mrlewish: You don't tip the maid directly. Each and every day you leave a small tip out... The maids don't do the same rooms everyday.

I was going to ask how to tip a maid. Not that I would, but if I left $10 on my bedside table without a note saying "Take my money" I'd consider it stolen if I came back to my room and it was gone.


Most hotels have a little rectangular tray that you can put your tips for the maid. They look like the ones you sometimes get your bill on at some restaurants.

As for the minibar...f*ck that overpriced sh*t. Most hotels have a convenience store nearby. If you want a beer or peanuts, just walk right over there and save yourself from paying $5 for a $1 candy bar.
 
2012-12-07 08:11:32 PM
BTW, this jerk's book is available on USENET, alt.binaries.e-book, since he's all into not paying for stuff,
 
2012-12-07 08:14:26 PM
I'm sure the maid will appreciate that $2 tip after she gets fired because you lied to the manager that stuff went missing from your room and it was her job to put it there.
 
2012-12-07 08:15:51 PM

Happy Hours: Kraftwerk Orange: Happy Hours: The maid? Seriously, WTF is the maid going to do for me besides her job?

You don't tip her to get her to do her job. You tip her to keep her from putting your toothbrush in the toilet.

Thanks - from now on I'm going to carry my toothbrush with me at all times when I'm staying in a hotel.


If you go down to the front desk, they might have a selection of toothbrushes.

If you tip them, it'll be a toothbrush that hasn't been dropped into a toilet.

/just sayin'
 
2012-12-07 08:19:01 PM
using this logic why not refuse to pay the entire bill due to the fact that the couple in the next room were loudly farking the whole night and you got no sleep. Just call and make a noise complaint right before you go to sleep.
 
2012-12-07 08:23:56 PM

Happy Hours: mrlewish: You don't tip the maid directly. Each and every day you leave a small tip out... The maids don't do the same rooms everyday.

I was going to ask how to tip a maid. Not that I would, but if I left $10 on my bedside table without a note saying "Take my money" I'd consider it stolen if I came back to my room and it was gone.


I leave a couple of dollars on top of the pillow of the bed I slept in for the maid to take each day - where it can be seen easily and where money is not generally left accidentally. On the last day of my stay, I'll leave a little note with a "thank you" under the cash.
 
2012-12-07 08:29:44 PM

Three-Fifty: I leave a couple of dollars on top of the pillow of the bed I slept in for the maid to take each day - where it can be seen easily and where money is not generally left accidentally. On the last day of my stay, I'll leave a little note with a "thank you" under the cash.


I leave a mint, but not the same mint that they leave me a completely different one, most likely from a rival hotel chain, that way they get to live a little
 
2012-12-07 09:06:42 PM

Saberus Terras: I think some hotels want you to take the soaps and little bottles in the bathroom. It's 'free' advertising. And I mean free as in they pay next to nothing per bottle or soap.


They really don't care. They have to put fresh ones in the room when you check out, whether they appear used or not, so they're just going to go in the trash anyway. You might as well take them with you. Donate them to your local homeless shelter if you're not going to use them; shelters love donations like that.
 
2012-12-07 09:19:29 PM
Hookers for $10 a throw.
 
2012-12-07 09:24:32 PM

RoyHobbs22: using this logic why not refuse to pay the entire bill due to the fact that the couple in the next room were loudly farking the whole night and you got no sleep. Just call and make a noise complaint right before you go to sleep.


That stirs up bad memories.....It was a Four Points (Sheraton).

Anyway, high school kids rented out most of my floor for a prom party or some shiat like that. I called the front desk several times complaining about noise Each time they said they'd take care of it. Each time they didn't. The last time I called the front desk I told them my next call would be to the cops.

Motherfarkers - they cut off my local phone service. I wasn't going to call 911 over it, but I did pick up my cell phone and called the local cops who arrived within 10 minutes (The cop station was half a block from the hotel).

The fact that I had called the front desk repeatedly to complain about it and that they had cut off my local phone service after I told them I would call the cops didn't seem to matter to Sheraton - or my employer who kept putting guests up at that shiathole of a hotel.
 
2012-12-07 09:44:26 PM
Watch 15 minutes of pr0n?
You're gonna pay. We know what you watched.
Watched 2 minutes of pr0n twice?
We'll charge. Maybe laugh.

I know every bar, restaurant and liquor store in the area.

The author was on 20/20 this week. Tool.

Expedia/Orbitz guests are the worst.

/enjoy your stay
 
2012-12-07 09:49:38 PM

Happy Hours: RoyHobbs22: using this logic why not refuse to pay the entire bill due to the fact that the couple in the next room were loudly farking the whole night and you got no sleep. Just call and make a noise complaint right before you go to sleep.

That stirs up bad memories.....It was a Four Points (Sheraton).

Anyway, high school kids rented out most of my floor for a prom party or some shiat like that. I called the front desk several times complaining about noise Each time they said they'd take care of it. Each time they didn't. The last time I called the front desk I told them my next call would be to the cops.

Motherfarkers - they cut off my local phone service. I wasn't going to call 911 over it, but I did pick up my cell phone and called the local cops who arrived within 10 minutes (The cop station was half a block from the hotel).

The fact that I had called the front desk repeatedly to complain about it and that they had cut off my local phone service after I told them I would call the cops didn't seem to matter to Sheraton - or my employer who kept putting guests up at that shiathole of a hotel.


They rented out most of the floor. You rented out a single room. Do the math.
 
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