Things people steal from hotels revealed!

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    http://uk.travel.yahoo.com/p-promo-3361193


    Top ten most stolen items from the Novotel chain in full:
    1. Towels
    2. Cushions
    3. Bathrobes
    4. TV remote controls
    5. Light bulbs
    6. Mini-bar contents
    7. Clothes hangers
    8. Bathroom display trays
    9. Coffee sachets
    10. Plastic tissue boxes

    OK, OK, we admit it. We have been guilty in the past of the crime of theft from a hotel room. Admittedly it's just been the occasional flannel, or too-tempting set of toiletries, but even so, we probably shouldn't have done it. And we're awfully sorry that we did... But we're not alone.:)
     
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    I think I remember reading somewhere that a hotel chain was putting RFID tags in the towels so they'd know when you were checking out if you had any in your bags.

    Either way, some of the items on the list make no sense... you don't "steal" the contents of the minibar... either they're comped or you pay for them -- handsomely, I might add. But I don't even know why someone would steal light bulbs or the otherwise useless remote control. :)
     
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    Now the report says, that some people steal the hotel room bible too!;)
     
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    I just visited a friend's apartment the other day and he had a whole collection of hotel bibles he'd arranged as an art installation.
     
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    Now that's something! What a friend! Hope he knows from which hotel each bible came from! Thanks for sharing your observation, interesting!:)
     
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    Huh, no mention of the 1970's style red flower drapes that can still be found at some Holiday Inns.
     
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    Well, I've routinely taken the shampoo! :D
    Low level criminal, I suppose! Misdameanor!;)
    FWIW, I coach basketball.. just can't tell you how much aggravation the stealing towel thing has been..
    We had one kid 2 yrs ago who took at least one towel (usually 5-6) from ecery hotel for the entire season! :(
    I made him return ALL 6 he intended to leave with after an encounter, near alltercation, in the lobby of a Virginia Marriiott! What a sight1 Had to threaten to not permit him to get on the team transport! LOL..

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    Yes, I saw this RFID tag deal as well.. just a few weeks ago..
    FWIW, by stealing from the minibar, I think they mean taking without paying..
    I knew folks who would replace the Vodka with water.. too much..
    They taste the same, right? ;)
    Same biologic effects, no? LOL :)
     
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    What kind of tacky people steal bathrobes?

    Cushions? To what?
    TV Remote Controls? You admit to having the same old school tv at home as they have in the hotel room?
    Light bulbs? REALLY??

    I want to know what type of properties (extended stay, economy, etc.) these items are coming from. Deeper analysis is needed.

    This is beyond pathetic!
     
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    Lord, have mercy! An art installation of bibles? SMH Your friend sounds like a heathen!:cool:
     
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    I wonder how much of this is just lost or damaged, and the hotel or its staff would rather blame theft. Or perhaps they don't categorize them separately.
     
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    Well, he's an architect and part-time photographer. Those creative types are strange. There's a fad among some interior designers to buy books from flea markets just because they're one color, e.g., to fill a client's library with blue books.
     
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    Excuses!!! I wonder who made him steal those bibles? Could it be......SATAN?



    Demonic raisins I REBUKE YOU!!!!!!!!
     
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    I think Gideon encourages you to take the Bibles.

    I once took a towel (I was 16) but other than the coffee packets and the toiletries, the only other thing I have taken were the slippers some of the hotels offer. Does that make me a bad person? :D
     
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    And that's why now you have pressure sensors at every major hotel. If you even look at the minibar stuff funny you'll get charged. :)
     
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    Great for scientific purposes, but I think they're illegal for general use. For example, I remember reading about certain restaurants secretly putting an electromagnetic shield in the walls (basically a wire mesh underneath the paint) to block cell phone signals. These would be great in other places like movie theaters. But the FCC bans interfering with radio signals. Sigh.
     
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    Taking unused shampoo or coffee sachets is considered stealing? Huh? How so??
     
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    Can't say I'd take coffee sachets, but surely the shampoo & toothbrush become mine once I'm in the room?
     
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    I know that the FCC bans active cell signal blocking (Communications Act section 333) - any interference with public signals, either with an electronic jammer or with passive physical barriers like the mesh you describe above, is not allowed. But I don't think that shielding your personal property from RFID readers is illegal - I carry a Kena Kai RFID-blocking wallet and when I carry my passport it rides in a RFID-blocking carrier - both were purchased in the U.S.
     
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    Indeed, active jamming is illegal as all hell, but passive is not. No reason you can't line up your suitcase with tin foil and steal all the towels you want.

    Good luck getting that past security at the airport though. :)
     

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