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    • MSE Karl
    • By MSE Karl 10th Apr 18, 3:36 PM
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    MSE Poll: What have you taken from a hotel room?
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    • 10th Apr 18, 3:36 PM
    MSE Poll: What have you taken from a hotel room? 10th Apr 18 at 3:36 PM
    Poll started 10 April 2018

    Rightly or wrongly, many see a hotel room as a free-for-all. Whether it's complimentary shower gels, tea bags or towels, we want to know what you've ever taken away.

    Please tick all of the items you've trousered from a hotel room without specifically paying for them. (We obviously don't condone anything illegal).

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    • The Bargain Hunters
    • By The Bargain Hunters 10th Apr 18, 8:35 PM
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    • #2
    • 10th Apr 18, 8:35 PM
    Re "taken from hotel room"
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:35 PM
    The usual stuff like toiletries from bathroom/ tea, coffee etc, as i figure that's part of the room charge and if you haven't used it they're not going to refund.
    As for slippers, I do use them, so they'd just be thrown away as they are not reusable.
    The only time I've taken a robe is when we stayed in a "love motel" in Korea, which are usually excellent value and they usually provide a bag of toiletries including toothbrushes & paste, condoms, various lotions, moisturizer etc, along with a few drinks & snacks in fridge all included in price, bathrobes are usually provided, but one motel we went to was not good, we checked into our room and it hadn't been cleaned properly (dirty ashtray empty cans - thankfully bed had been changed!), so I asked for another room and we had to wait an hour while it was prepared.
    New room was a lot better and there were bathrobes in sealed bags on the beds, I did quite like the robes but wouldn't dream of taking one, however, I dropped something between bed & wall so when I pulled out bed apart from a few discarded condom packets ( but at least it was just packets!) there was a fully sealed new bath robe, the way I saw it was they put 2 in we left 2, but as beds obviously hadn't been properly cleaned for some time the 3rd robe was extra so they hadn't missed it !!! Since then that lovely thick cream satin robe has been round the world with me
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    • curlycat
    • By curlycat 10th Apr 18, 10:07 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 10:07 PM
    I've only stayed in one hotel which supplied slippers and I presumed they'd had to be thrown away anyway for hygiene reasons, so took them home with me and still use them. I work on the principle that I'm paying for the coffee/biscuits/shampoo etc so tend to take them if they're a brand I like (a lot of shampoos are yuk in hotels)
    Never considered taking a bathrobe as they can be washed and used again.
    • shehen23
    • By shehen23 11th Apr 18, 12:06 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 12:06 AM
    It's not theft if you're being charged for it
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    • 11th Apr 18, 12:06 AM
    I don't use hotel rooms often but when I do I know that the cost of 'complimentary' toiletries & tea/coffee etc are factored into the price I've been charged for the room.
    What does complimentary mean otherwise? Same as small items with hotel branding, which are designed to be taken away as a permanent advertisement.
    I'm always shocked that these items that are designed to be used by the guest are frequently described as stealing in the same way as removing fixtures and fittings (furniture, bedding etc).
    If hotels don't want us to use them, don't put them in our rooms or make it clear we'll be charged if we use them, like with a mini bar.

    Don't pretend they're complimentary and then shame your guests that make use of them
    • aj23
    • By aj23 11th Apr 18, 9:42 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 9:42 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 9:42 AM
    How could you take an ironing board?!

    Also it should be 'I don't wish to disclose my gender (or I'm agender)' not the other way around.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 11th Apr 18, 10:27 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 10:27 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 10:27 AM
    Only ever taken toiletries that Ive already used - if they are 'cheap' ones I've used my own anyway and left the cheap ones for the next guest
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    • takman
    • By takman 11th Apr 18, 11:30 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 11:30 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 11:30 AM
    I don't use hotel rooms often but when I do I know that the cost of 'complimentary' toiletries & tea/coffee etc are factored into the price I've been charged for the room.
    What does complimentary mean otherwise? Same as small items with hotel branding, which are designed to be taken away as a permanent advertisement.
    I'm always shocked that these items that are designed to be used by the guest are frequently described as stealing in the same way as removing fixtures and fittings (furniture, bedding etc).
    If hotels don't want us to use them, don't put them in our rooms or make it clear we'll be charged if we use them, like with a mini bar.

    Don't pretend they're complimentary and then shame your guests that make use of them
    Originally posted by shehen23
    I've been to hotels where they have a good selection of tea bags and coffee pods (for the in room coffee machine). There was atleast 5 different types of each so that you can choose the drink you want. So considering how much their was it was obvious that your meant to only use what you drink in the room and not just take the lot home with you when you leave!.

    It's like going to a buffet restaurant and you pay a set fee for all the food. Your not allowed to just take as much food home as you want, your meant to just have what you can eat while your their.

    I would much rather have a good selection of drinks in the room to choose from than a smaller selection because everyone just takes the lot home when they leave!.
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 11th Apr 18, 10:58 PM
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    If we are in a b&b we leave everything that we haven't used there. Quite often will bring our own preferred hot drink and shampoo etc.
    If we are in a hotel - hubby will take home - tea, coffee, milk and any spare biscuits. Shower gel, used soap bar, shampoo and conditioner - if miniatures, then we will take them home (only what we have opened) and then use them when we are travelling very light ( ruc sac for the weekend). We have also taken the ear plugs and hair band that have been provided and we have used.
    In Asia, they provide disposable slippers. I take a pair from the first hotel and use them for the rest of the holiday. One hotel provide rubber/plastic pair/ flip flops - I left those alone.
    Some hotels give you the opportunity to buy the robes but I have neither done this or taken them.
    In a very nice hotel 5 star+ hotel in Vietnam, it was a brand new hotel, it told you the price of everything in your room, pictures, remote control, pillows, kettle, the lot. It also informed you that you will be charged if anything was missing or damaged at the end of your stay.
    In another very nice hotel, this time in Hong Kong, we we given fruit and a complimentary bottle of wine in our room - we went and double checked that the wine was free before hubby opened and drank it.
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 11-04-2018 at 11:03 PM.
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    • happyinflorida
    • By happyinflorida 11th Apr 18, 11:39 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 11:39 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 11:39 PM
    I am really, really shocked at the amount being taken/stolen from hotel rooms.

    Who takes a TV?! I wouldn't dream of taking a bath robe.

    When I stayed at a Disney hotel I loved the soap in the bathroom, I rang Mousekeeping and asked if I could buy some of their soaps to take home as it smelt so nice. The lady apologised that it wasn't for sale. 10 minutes later we got a knock at the door and a lady was there with a carrier bag one third full of soaps! I was over the moon - I gave a $20 tip to her and thanked her profusely.
    • Wings of Ambition
    • By Wings of Ambition 12th Apr 18, 2:07 PM
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    Also it should be 'I don't wish to disclose my gender (or I'm agender)' not the other way around.
    Originally posted by aj23
    Why should it be the other way around?
    • baldeagle09
    • By baldeagle09 12th Apr 18, 6:13 PM
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    Anything other than stationery,toiletries and coffee, tea and biscuits is theft. Simple.
    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 13th Apr 18, 12:01 AM
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    I'm shocked at the results of the polls - having worked in the holiday industry, it's very obvious when something is stolen, the hotel could easily initiate criminal proceedings against someone that steals items like TVs, guests provide personal details when they book!
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    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 13th Apr 18, 8:26 PM
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    Chocolates, biscuits & tea bags are fair game, they are there for your consumption.

    I disagree that people should steal towels etc. but I'm surprised people have voted for things like a TV, a DVD player (seriously, who even uses these anymore?!) or a lamp.

    That's just plain theft (and of expensive goods) and the hotel should prosecute.
    Last edited by stevenhp1987; 13-04-2018 at 8:29 PM.
    • Vickimichelle
    • By Vickimichelle 15th Apr 18, 1:53 AM
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    I brought some little shower gels back from Disneyland as they had Mickey Mouse ears.

    I didn't think of it as stealing though as they were put there for our use anyway.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 15th Apr 18, 7:12 AM
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    I sometimes take the tea/coffee sachets and the toiletries as they are handy for other trips and meant to be used by the guest.

    I wouldn!!!8217;t however take bathrobes etc, that isn!!!8217;t any different to stealing one from a shop.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 16th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
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    always take soap in case the next place doesnt have any
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    • aj23
    • By aj23 17th Apr 18, 11:51 AM
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    Umbrella's? lol
    • Melanie H
    • By Melanie H 18th Apr 18, 10:45 AM
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    The difference between theft and complimentary
    I feel quite annoyed by your poll as I feel you should have made some differentiation with the items. I would never dream of stealing, and am appalled that people would take towels,bathrobes and batteries etc as this is theft. However I see shower gels and tea sachets as little treats we have paid for - sometimes I might use another shower gel and take the handy one given home. If we are supposed to use them what is the difference? Now I am going to feel uncomfortable about taking them.-why don't you poll hotels about the exact situation???
    • takman
    • By takman 18th Apr 18, 12:14 PM
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    I sometimes take the tea/coffee sachets and the toiletries as they are handy for other trips and meant to be used by the guest.
    Originally posted by GwylimT
    Let's say you were entertaining guests and laid out some biscuits, cakes and bottles of drinks for them to consume. Would you be happy if when they left they took every unopened bottle of drink home with them as they were meant to be used by the guests?.

    Personally i wouldn't as i would assume the host only intended them for use while i was there and wouldn't take them unless they said to. I apply the same reasoning to hotel rooms so don't feel i have an explicit right to take any unused things home with me.

    If you actually asked a hotel i don't think many of them would say they intend for the guest to take home all unused consumables.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 18th Apr 18, 3:04 PM
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    Let's say you were entertaining guests and laid out some biscuits, cakes and bottles of drinks for them to consume. Would you be happy if when they left they took every unopened bottle of drink home with them as they were meant to be used by the guests?.

    Personally i wouldn't as i would assume the host only intended them for use while i was there and wouldn't take them unless they said to. I apply the same reasoning to hotel rooms so don't feel i have an explicit right to take any unused things home with me.

    If you actually asked a hotel i don't think many of them would say they intend for the guest to take home all unused consumables.
    Originally posted by takman
    Not really comparable, if you're entertaining guests you don't charge them for the privilege. Although marketed as 'complimentary', stuff like biscuits, tea/coffee sachets etc are included in the price, hence the reason higher end hotels tend to have more 'complimentary' items than budget ones.

    Although they would obviously prefer you didn't, the big hotel chains do budget on the basis that their guests will take away unused toiletries, tea/coffee etc.
    Last edited by NaughtiusMaximus; 18-04-2018 at 3:07 PM.
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