Privacy in a brand-named hotel [ Have a look what the housekeeper did while making up the room ]...

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  1. uggboy
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    I'm still curious about the vagueness... nobody seems to be specific about which hotel chain, which tells me there's probably some kind of ongoing litigation going on?

    I mean, why post the video yet not disclose the hotel name, or at least the chain?
     
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    I would be also interested in at least to know which chain we're talking about here. Nevertheless, this video should be something of an eye opener to many.
     
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    Duvet and uniform look very Hampton Inn-like to me.

    Two points I'd add...

    1. I'm not sure how this would come as a shock to anyone when things are left blatantly out as to draw attention. Who leaves a laptop, tablet, playstation and a bunch of games sitting there in a room and films it. It's almost as if they've intentionally set a trap. I travel frequently and I would never leave things of value out in the open. Put them in the hotel safe, lock them up, or take them with you. That's my mode of operation, even in 4 and 5 star hotels. Don't invite these types of problems. When I travel I'm usually got a large amount of expensive photography equipment with me. That goes in the safe or gets locked up and chained to the bed or some other immovable object, or it goes with me. Only someone trying to get their things stolen would leave them out in the open like this video shows.

    2. I think it goes without saying that awareness is important when you travel, and people need to take precautions. I'm very careful, but not because I've had things stolen in the past... just because I think it's smart. I also think it's fair to point out that for every maid like this there's dozens of them that would walk right by a pile of cash and not take any notice. The vast majority of people in this industry are honest folks just trying to make a wage and feed their families. I would assume that she was put on suspension while the matter is investigated, and would expect that she won't be putting that uniform on again. No GM I know would tolerate this, though as I alluded to, I sort of feel like she was setup.
     
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    Yuck! She put the pillows on the floor! :eek:
     
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    That laptop lap/bed table thingie is also a Hampton Inn standard feature, I think?

    And yes, I am sure the camera wasn't running accidentally, and I wouldn't let my stuff sitting around, and I don't think it's typical, but I would still hope the maid is no longer employed there.
     
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    Looks like some of the Marriott/Renaissance properties in the Midwest, although the housekeeping uniform is different.Honestly though, who leaves all this stuff lying around in their hotel room?
     
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    well. at least she actually did some cleaning!
     
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    Don't forget she used the same gloves to clean the room and the bathroom. :oops:
     
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    recycling??...
     
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    Actually, the key here is: first the bathroom, then the bed and bedroom.
     
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    This set up & video made by a troll inviting trouble!
     
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    Even if so, who starts messing around with someone's tablet / laptop? She went through the luggage too, so who's to say that she wouldn't have tried to use the computer if she found it there, or elsewhere?

    Needless to say, you don't invite these kinds of problems, but at the same time you don't expect housekeeping to go through your stuff. Or at least you hope they don't... :)
     
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    I too think it could be a Hampton.
    Agree with point 1 on personal responsibility and prevention measure.
    Not so sure I agree with point 2 in full.
    It does feel staged and almost like an entrapment.
    I can accept checking out the parcel and even the games but trying repeatedly to access the laptop and tablet...
    That is a conscious and determined act.
    I do leave my laptop out in hotel rooms a lot of times... :(
     
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    But the chamber maid took the bait. :oops:
     
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    Well said. Of course, that's the wrong way around, at least seen from a guest perspective. :(
     
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    Absolutely. The other way around I wouldn't really care.
     
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    If I must leave a machine out for whatever reason -- maybe because I'm doing some work or I don't want to have to reconnect afterwards -- I usually leave some sort of monitoring software running to keep an eye on the room. Usually I just leave Yawcam running and set it to detect motion and upload images if there's movement in the room. Alternatively, I can rig something to alert me so I can look at the stream live and see what's going on in the room.

    There are two levels of paranoia -- absolute and insufficient.
     
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    True! :mad:
     
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    Are the gloves even changed in between rooms?
    Having said that, I do not see gloves on the housekeepers in asia hotels, at least the ones I stayed at...
     
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    That's reassuring, I was actually surprised that housekeepers use gloves outside the bathroom to clean the rest of the room or suite.
     
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    No finger prints? ;)
     
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    I grew up on Bond - James Bond :cool:;). The Sean Connery's rooms were always searched. The world is more dangerous and more "spooky" My macbook (and before than ibook) fit neatly inside the room safe; and if there was none; I'd put in my carryon - zipped and locked.

    In the olden days, things were as spookier, but less technology doodads to snoop around :p
     
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    As a somewhat contrarian viewpoint. If you were the maid, and you entered the room to clean without the guest there, and they obviously were gone for a long time. And the laptop was on and the tablet was on the bed, would you not close the laptop or turn it off? And would you not pick up the tablet on the bed, and if it was on, would you not turn it off. Particularly if you know how long a tablet battery would last. It seems like simple courtesy.

    Besides, many places have regulations about unattended plugged-in devices that may heat up and cause a fire. And most of us know that laptop batteries can heat up a lot.

    It is possible that the maid was trying to turn off the electronics. Since she did not take anything.
     

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