What you can and can not steal from hotel rooms (and what happens if you try)

What you can and can not steal from hotel rooms (and what happens if you try)

Most people put something in their luggage during a hotel stay, including free slippers or small toiletries.

But what happens when you steal something bigger, like a bathrobe, a fluffy towel or a pillow?

    What happens when you steal something like a bathrobe from a hotel?

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What happens when you steal something like a bathrobe from a hotel?

While hotels expect things that can not be reused – like slippers and mini shampoo bottles – to be missed, there are pretty strict rules about what else to do
should go home in your suitcase.

If you misjudge your generosity, you could end up with a supplement to your bill to cover the cost of the missing item.

Read on to find out what can not be stolen and what not …

Mini toiletries – yes

    Hotels expect guests to take their mini-shampoo bottles home with them

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Hotels expect guests to take their mini-shampoo bottles home with them

Feel free to take home all the mini shampoo and conditioner bottles, as well as the little sewing kit, in fact, now is the time to fill your boots as this advantage could soon be a thing of the past.

Hotels begin with the introduction of larger bottles in bathrooms – attached to walls so they can not be cracked – shared by guests.

Hotels that plan to do so include the Intercontinental and Marriott, and the Premier Inn has already set the course here in the UK.

Multi-use bottles save on hotel money and also save on plastic waste, as millions of half-used bottles are thrown away every year.

Slippers – yes

    The cheap white slippers that lie in the plastic wrappers in the hotel's wardrobe will never be used again

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The cheap white slippers that lie in the plastic wrappers in the hotel's wardrobe will never be used again

Hotels expect you to steal the cheap white slippers in plastic wrappers that sit in the hotel's cloakroom as they never reuse them.

In fact, employees encourage guests to carry them in their bedrooms because the floors are usually quite dirty.

Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads In Beds: A reckless reminder of hotels, bustle and so-called hospitality, Sun Online Travel said: "The dirtiest
Part of a hotel room are the carpets.

"Yes, they are sucked, but they will almost never get a shampoo and a deep clean, because people are constantly staying in the rooms."

They are also particularly useful on the flight home, so you do not run around in the socks in the aircraft cabin.

Umbrellas – yes

Many chic hotels provide umbrellas to their guests if it rains outside, while they are more expensive than a pair of slippers. It's probably okay to bring a house.

Since the umbrellas are usually branded, they are a good hiking advertisement for the hotel.

It's also harder to find who squeezed you when you're offering your brollies in the lobby.

Bathrobes – no

    In recent years, most hotels have made it clear that a missing robe is added to the cost of the room

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In recent years, most hotels have made it clear that a missing robe is added to the cost of the room

In the past, guests were quite open about their stolen bathrobes from hotels.

But in recent years, most homes have made it clear that a missing gown is added to the cost of the room – the warning usually comes on the hanger.

Yet, certain companies still encourage it – according to the Daily Mail, the Goring Hotel factors the cost of their monogrammed slippers and bathrobes into the £ 8,500 bill.

Stationary – yes

In any case, take the branded pen and paperback notepad from your hotel room.

But leave everything that looks more durable, like a leather-bound block, behind you.

Pillow – no

    A hotel in London has had so many pill thefts that they've sent bills to thieving guests

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A hotel in London has had so many pill thefts that they've sent bills to thieving guests

This should be obvious, but if not, hotels do not want you to take their pillows home.

But people are still catching them – according to the Mail, a London hotel had so many thefts sending bills to thieving guests.

Even Noel Gallager has admitted stealing pillows from hotel rooms.

He revealed in 2015 that he stole a personal stash of hotels in Italy, which he brings around the world with him.

He said, "Without good pillows you can not go on tour, I stole more pillows from Italy than anywhere else."

The minibar – no

    Today, many hotels have sensors installed in their mini bar coolers so they can tell if an item has been moved

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Today, many hotels have sensors installed in their mini bar coolers so they can tell if an item has been moved

In the old days, minibars were easy to steal, as guests would simply fill the bottle with water after use. Today, many hotels have sensors installed in their refrigerators so they can tell if an item has been moved.

But that does not mean that you can not get away with a few things, as Jacob Tomsky Mental Floss said: "Typos, delays in filling up, double occupancy and hundreds of other missteps make minibars one of the most depreciated items.
"Even before the guests manage to survive half the sentence" I've never had these things ", I've already removed the charges."

But while there are these rules against the theft of items … 99% of the thieves will not get hurt.

    Employees say that it is very difficult to check if a guest stole something at check-out (File photo)

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Employees say that it is very difficult to check if a guest stole something at check-out (File photo)

Quora hotel staff usually say that nothing is done about the perpetrator because it is difficult to determine which guest stole something and they have already included theft in their annual budget.

A member of the hospitality industry has revealed that most hotels now include a degree of theft in their annual budgets.

Tyna Makpo said, "Maybe a decade ago, it was a real problem for hotels, but nowadays, most of the time, towels are considered as operating material and their replacement is planned very carefully as part of budgeting.

    Nowadays, towels are usually considered as consumables and their replacement is planned very carefully in the context of budgeting (file photo)

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Nowadays, towels are usually considered as consumables and their replacement is planned very carefully in the context of budgeting (file photo)

"A towel or pillow is an operating cost, the guest is the income, so provisions for towels are about 200 percent of the actual need."

But fingering a bit too light could cause you some serious problems down the line as hotels add more and more annoying guests to no-stay lists.

There is a UK-wide blacklist database called Guestscan, which gives smaller independent hotels and B & Bs access to a no-stay list of dodgy guests with thousands of businesses.

Businesses say that even the smallest theft really adds up.

Hotelier Richard Gale said on Quora: "Major losses are small valuables, like teaspoons.

"Even if we offer plastic, the thieving guys still manage to carry our noble ones, on the order of 300 per year."

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