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(Forbes)   Time to recalculate your karma, as it turns out hotels actually want you take those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion home with you   (forbes.com) divider line 40
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2014-08-06 02:55:05 PM  
11 votes:
Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.
2014-08-06 05:58:31 PM  
8 votes:

fusillade762: They're also hoping you'll think of your hotel stay when you end up using that bottle of lotion later on.

They want me to think of the hotel room when I'm jacking it with the lotion later? Well... OK *zip*...



"Are you a sperm donor?"
"No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."
2014-08-06 06:23:34 PM  
7 votes:
I just gather them up and mail them to the TSA right from the hotel.  saves time, really.
2014-08-06 05:53:56 PM  
7 votes:
They're also hoping you'll think of your hotel stay when you end up using that bottle of lotion later on.

They want me to think of the hotel room when I'm jacking it with the lotion later? Well... OK *zip*...
2014-08-06 03:00:18 PM  
6 votes:

Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.


It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.
2014-08-06 06:43:44 PM  
5 votes:

HNICguy: I travel over 100 days a year for work.  My wife hasn't had to buy soap, shampoo or conditioner for 8 years.


images.starpulse.com
2014-08-06 07:29:14 PM  
3 votes:

jtown: Billy Liar: jtown:
This bit brings up a question I've had for a while.  Fitted bottom sheets have been standard for longer than I've been alive.  But why aren't there top sheets and blankets that have a pouch to slide over the end of the mattress?  Seems like that would save a lot of bed-making time.  Slip it over, pull it snug, job's done.  I know mattresses come in many thicknesses but it doesn't have to be perfectly tight.  It just needs to hold the bedding in place through the night.

You must have seen the Seinfeld episode where Jerry and George stayed at a hotel and the question was "To tuck or not to tuck"?

No.  About the only Seinfeld bits I remember are "didn't take", "the urinator", and "muffin tops".  I'm just lazy and can't believe that there aren't enough other people as lazy as me willing to pay an extra $5 for a top sheet that doesn't need to be tucked.


Because why would you pay for that when the next thing that happens is it gets untucked? Do you spend a lot of time making hospital corners when you are at home? Do you enjoy feeling like your feet are strapped to the bed? I sure as fark don't and if I was ever in a room, anywhere where I couldn't poke my feet out from under the covers I am going to pull that thing off, take a shiat on it then go right to the front desk and make a scene about their housekeeping practices until they give me a normal sheet
2014-08-06 06:54:25 PM  
3 votes:
it puts the lotion in the basket
2014-08-06 07:16:53 PM  
2 votes:
I have to be careful. I have allergies. My husband, on the other hand, never met a hotel freebee that he didn't like. Opening my hall closet can be dangerous. I sometimes think that I will be found dead under a thousand little shampoo, conditioner and soap packs.
If you want to get towels you go to the pool. Better hotels usually have towels in the pool area. Not that I would ever think of doing that.....
2014-08-06 06:27:15 PM  
2 votes:
What, you thought they'd just let the next guy in the room use the half empty shampoo and the soap you used on your starfish?
2014-08-07 12:00:34 PM  
1 votes:

InterruptingQuirk: gerbilpox: InterruptingQuirk: BizarreMan: Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.

It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.

How are you going to hide the dead hooker in the boxsprings?

I hide the maid in the boxsprings. Problem solved.

Do you have your mother's hair?



Here:

image.tmdb.org

/good movie that nobody remembers apparently
2014-08-06 08:33:54 PM  
1 votes:

fusillade762: I once stayed at a motel where there was no remote for the TV. The manager told me people kept stealing them. Why would someone steal a TV remote?!?


People think the remote might work on their TV at home. Usually, hotel TVs are made for the hotel industry and use different remote codes than any home TV... at least that was the case when I was doing remote programming.
2014-08-06 08:29:08 PM  
1 votes:
http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/soap.asp

Ah, Dial, not Zest.
Anyways...

Back when I was traveling every week for work I'd request zero house keeping during my stay.
I don't need the bed "made", I don't need the trash emptied, I don't need more soaps or new plastic cups.
2014-08-06 08:19:59 PM  
1 votes:

FizixJunkee: Billy Liar: jtown:
This bit brings up a question I've had for a while.  Fitted bottom sheets have been standard for longer than I've been alive.  But why aren't there top sheets and blankets that have a pouch to slide over the end of the mattress?  Seems like that would save a lot of bed-making time.  Slip it over, pull it snug, job's done.  I know mattresses come in many thicknesses but it doesn't have to be perfectly tight.  It just needs to hold the bedding in place through the night.

You must have seen the Seinfeld episode where Jerry and George stayed at a hotel and the question was "To tuck or not to tuck"?

My husband is a tucker, but I can't stand having sheets tucked in at the feet.  It's annoying as hell to me.


well....tuck that!
2014-08-06 08:10:51 PM  
1 votes:
As someone who works the Breakfast shift at the Super 8,
I have have 1 humble request:


EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!


EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!

EMPTY YOUR CUP BEFORE THROWING IT IN THE TRASH!


2014-08-06 08:07:35 PM  
1 votes:
Back when my husband worked in the Netherlands he used to stay at a hotel where they used to have Hermès d'Orange Verte toiletries in the rooms and when I visited midweek I'd take a few home.  He used the same hotel Monday to Friday every week for 6 months and got to know the staff, each weekend when he left the front desk had a bag of Hermès products ready for him to take home to me.  Every time I smell Hermès cologne I think of that hotel so I guess it works.
2014-08-06 08:02:45 PM  
1 votes:
If you guys really feel the need to steal used hotel towels or robes just go the gym or spa and steal them from there. That way they cant trace them to your room.

/Would rather not wear a robe that some fat guy was wearing while getting a handy from his Craigslist hooker.
//but that's just me
2014-08-06 07:55:52 PM  
1 votes:
i291.photobucket.com - i291.photobucket.com

Downstairs, he takes us for two
million... and upstairs he takes
free soap, shampoo and towels. Another
billionaire cheapskate who loves his
free rooms...
2014-08-06 07:49:33 PM  
1 votes:

Corn_Fed: When the heck was there ever a time when hotels didn't want you to take the little disposable shampoo/lotion bottles?

It's the towels, bedding, furniture, etc. they don't want removed.


Bring dead batteries and burned out lightbulbs to switch out. Thrifty!
2014-08-06 07:47:55 PM  
1 votes:
Why would I take that crap home?  It just takes up space and never gets used.  Now the pool towels....

Went with a friend on a business trip two weeks ago.  Stayed at a La Quinta.  Her company has a contract with them and she uses them  for most of her business travel.  Anyway, we get there to check in and they give her a gift bag for being a "frequent guest" .  An 8oz bottle of water and a cookie.  Gee thanks!
2014-08-06 07:47:45 PM  
1 votes:
What is the deal with four or five mega-hotels in the middle of NOWHERE at a freeway interchange outside of Cornhole, Illinois.

Who is staying there?  What are they doing?

I just got back from a wedding and stayed at one of said hotels.  The number of people downstairs for breakfast every morning was nowhere near enough for the number of rooms in this six-story hotel.

Why would you build the fourth hotel at the same site when the others never break 30% occupancy?

I totally don't get it.

Maybe hotels only plan to run at 30% occupancy at a given time?
2014-08-06 07:46:30 PM  
1 votes:

ZAZ: Earlier this year, I was pleased to see dispensers in one hotel instead of bottles. That must have been a backwards non-optimized hotel.


I once saw a dispenser in the shower at a hotel.  I initially thought it was shampoo.  However, it turned out to be that pink hand soap typically found in public restrooms.

/Stay classy, Juneau
2014-08-06 07:37:13 PM  
1 votes:

jtown: When I was a kid, my grandparents had a Holiday Inn hotel towel.  At first, I thought that meant you were supposed to take the towels.  A few years later, I realized  my grandparents stole a hotel towel.

Bedding, from comfortable mattresses to soft sheets, is another evolving aspect of room amenities.

"It's always being looked at and we're always looking for ways to make it better-not just for comfort but for housekeeping too," says Marriott's Mitchell.

This bit brings up a question I've had for a while.  Fitted bottom sheets have been standard for longer than I've been alive.  But why aren't there top sheets and blankets that have a pouch to slide over the end of the mattress?  Seems like that would save a lot of bed-making time.  Slip it over, pull it snug, job's done.  I know mattresses come in many thicknesses but it doesn't have to be perfectly tight.  It just needs to hold the bedding in place through the night.


fark that.  My feet need to be out from under any covering.  and then I have my feet all tangled and trapped by the sheets.  Very distressing.

/I'm calling my lawyer.
2014-08-06 07:23:18 PM  
1 votes:
When guests take their toiletries home with them it's a signal to the hotel team that they've done a good job picking the right products. They're also hoping you'll think of your hotel stay when you end up using that bottle of lotion later on.

Great.  I really like this flat screen TV in my room tonight...
2014-08-06 07:15:12 PM  
1 votes:
I just stopped using shampoo, conditioner, and soap (on the body).  Not for travelling, although it does make it a bit easier.

CSB: There's a motel I used to stay at which was called "Albany Rosedale" (Rosedale being the name of the street and Albany the suburb), but all of the little bottles were labelled "Albany Rostel".  I can only assume it was because the Korean immigrants who ran it had ordered them by phone...  I ended up taking a few of them as novelties for the receptionists.

/okay, if I'm actually dirty I will use soap or shampoo, and I'll let the hairdresser shampoo my hair, but that's more for the head massage.
2014-08-06 07:13:45 PM  
1 votes:

Elzar: fusillade762: I once stayed at a motel where there was no remote for the TV. The manager told me people kept stealing them. Why would someone steal a TV remote?!?

PillsHere: I was staying in a hotel recently that had a display of bottled water and snacks in the bathroom to purchase which I thought was super odd.  There was a note saying if you used any of them then you will be charged and then a price list.  The bottle of water looked to be opened and refilled which is really gross.  I think the hotel should re-think this since it was taking up valuable counter real estate anyway.  Not to mention the fact that when I'm washing my hands, brushing my teeth, and whatever else I do in the sink, that shiat was getting splattered.  I wonder who thought this was a good idea.

Jesus what type of low rent dives are you farkers staying at?

Iczer: What, you thought they'd just let the next guy in the room use the half empty shampoo and the soap you used on your starfish?

Pretty sure that is exactly the business plan Super 8 and Motel 6 are executing.


I stay at Motel 6 pretty much exclusively when I need to rent a room. Of course, the only time I rent rooms is at the end of multi-day camping and hiking excursions. By then even the cheapest smoking room at the 6 is like a presidential suite (almost). The soaps are individually wrapped and sealed, no one's re-using those things.  I usually grab a few and toss them into my hiking pack. I also take the ashtrays with me, they make great after-dinner mint dishes for the formal dining room table.

/When you just want a bed and a shower, a cheap motel can be a hell of a deal.
//They leave the light on for me
2014-08-06 07:00:44 PM  
1 votes:

Snarfangel: HNICguy: I travel over 100 days a year for work.  My wife hasn't had to buy soap, shampoo or conditioner for 8 years.

[images.starpulse.com image 445x359]


Looks like she's seeing someone on the side.
2014-08-06 06:52:56 PM  
1 votes:

fusillade762: I once stayed at a motel where there was no remote for the TV. The manager told me people kept stealing them. Why would someone steal a TV remote?!?


PillsHere: I was staying in a hotel recently that had a display of bottled water and snacks in the bathroom to purchase which I thought was super odd.  There was a note saying if you used any of them then you will be charged and then a price list.  The bottle of water looked to be opened and refilled which is really gross.  I think the hotel should re-think this since it was taking up valuable counter real estate anyway.  Not to mention the fact that when I'm washing my hands, brushing my teeth, and whatever else I do in the sink, that shiat was getting splattered.  I wonder who thought this was a good idea.


Jesus what type of low rent dives are you farkers staying at?

Iczer: What, you thought they'd just let the next guy in the room use the half empty shampoo and the soap you used on your starfish?


Pretty sure that is exactly the business plan Super 8 and Motel 6 are executing.
2014-08-06 06:52:33 PM  
1 votes:
It's farking shampoo, people. If your delicate head can't take rebranded Suave for a couple of days, you have bigger problems and probably shouldn't leave your bubble home.

And dispensers are the way to go. The amount of waste generated from those little bars of soap and bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion is immense; there's more packaging than there is product. Anyone who prefers these has absolutely no business lecturing anyone else about bottled water, keeping a lawn or "rolling coal" (OK, maybe that one is fair game... that's just stupid).
2014-08-06 06:46:58 PM  
1 votes:

BMFPitt: Tom_Slick: Consumption of hotel shampoo, conditioner and lotions are all up, Harper says. Ten years ago, about 35% of guests used the items. Today, 75% of Sheraton guest are using hotel toiletries.

Of course usage is up, it is impossible to fly with liquids.

Which is what it said in the sentence right before that.


Reading comprehension what is it?

/Really did miss that part.
2014-08-06 06:38:51 PM  
1 votes:
I was staying in a hotel recently that had a display of bottled water and snacks in the bathroom to purchase which I thought was super odd.  There was a note saying if you used any of them then you will be charged and then a price list.  The bottle of water looked to be opened and refilled which is really gross.  I think the hotel should re-think this since it was taking up valuable counter real estate anyway.  Not to mention the fact that when I'm washing my hands, brushing my teeth, and whatever else I do in the sink, that shiat was getting splattered.  I wonder who thought this was a good idea.
2014-08-06 06:33:49 PM  
1 votes:

obenchainr: random:
Humans are far more keyed to scent than we generally realize.  Bringing your own shampoo/conditioner/soap while traveling actually helps you relax in whatever room you're in, as it keeps something very familiar with you (and usually part of a relaxing process).  It's one of the "tricks" to being more comfortable while traveling.
/random


That's why I always order beans with dinner.  The farts smell like home
2014-08-06 06:33:41 PM  
1 votes:

yukichigai: ginandbacon: Well they can't reuse them and they are branded so I always figured they wanted me to take them home if I liked them. Some of the are REALLY nice.

This.

Health code in most US jurisdictions generally prohibits reusing of single/limited-use toiletries across multiple rentals of the same room.  If you don't take those little bottles they're legally supposed to get thrown out by the maid anyway.

Notice I say legally.  I'm sure quite a few places cut corners and don't so long as they're still sealed and look okay.


When you have a baby, they tell you to take every consumable in the room, because they have to throw them out if you don't.

// Plus I'm sure they bill the insurance $200 for that pack of diapers.
2014-08-06 06:33:19 PM  
1 votes:

BizarreMan: Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.

It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.





i478.photobucket.com




Agrees

2014-08-06 06:33:02 PM  
1 votes:

ZAZ: Earlier this year, I was pleased to see dispensers in one hotel instead of bottles. That must have been a backwards non-optimized hotel.


The last place I stayed that had those was clearly built with the parts ripped out of several hotels that had been remodeled.
2014-08-06 06:23:14 PM  
1 votes:
Huh.  I figured it was because they'd rather do anything than have the minimum-wage maid be able to take it home.
2014-08-06 06:19:44 PM  
1 votes:

Chariset: ZAZ: Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.

I always thought that was a nice way to say "Don't steal our towels.  We'll know, and you'll still get billed."


i was at a place, and i thought, man, these robes are awesome, i'm taking them... then i noticed, each one would cost $300.

then i thought, well, that sucks, why stay in a fancy hotel if you can't steal stuff.  back to the motels for me.
2014-08-06 06:12:10 PM  
1 votes:

ZAZ: Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.


I always thought that was a nice way to say "Don't steal our towels.  We'll know, and you'll still get billed."
2014-08-06 04:39:33 PM  
1 votes:

BizarreMan: Snarfangel: Oh, sure, shampoo is fine, but they get pretty snippy when you slide a mattress into the elevator.

It's better to take the mattress than have the maid find the bloodstains.


How are you going to hide the dead hooker in the boxsprings?
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-06 03:03:34 PM  
1 votes:
Snarfangel

Low end hotels have price lists. "We're happy to sell you our towels, etc. Here are the prices... For your convenience, you can just take them from the room when you leave and we'll add them to your bill." I wonder if any of them list mattresses among the purchasable items.
 
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