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Surprisingly, it wasn't those fancy little toiletries that proved most tempting for sticky-fingered Australians, instead magazines and books were the first to go, the Hotels.com survey found.
Australians werenâ€™t the worst offenders. Travellers from 29 countries took part in the survey, with the French, Canadians, Americans, Chinese and Swedish even more likely to pocket something extra from their hotel stays. The top three nationalities for hotel theft were Indians (38 per cent), Mexicans (40 per cent) and Colombians (57 per cent).
Towels and linens were the items of choice for guests from the US, Sweden, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, Norway and Ireland, while the Chinese were most likely to steal furnishings including lamps, clocks and artwork.
Other items nicked include bathrobes, pillows, electronics, irons and alarm clocks....
Mike wrote: Hey Neil, think maybe the Indians, Mexicans, and Colombians are more honest about their dishonesty?
Could be. Maybe the Aussies, too. Jer. 8:12 seems written for our time: â€śWere they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush â€¦â€ť
Hotels, like other businesses having to deal with this, will merely pass the cost of pilferage (having to buy more towels etc.) onto their future guests. So travellers are ultimately paying the price.
BTW, another thing the author of "Heads in Beds" noted was, sometimes guests would not cover themselves after he knocked at their door (as Housekeeping Manager) & they let him in. Again, lack of shame.
Christopher000 wrote: Thanks Anne. Good job, Mike...you gave my right side a terrible idea. He's looking at me real funny as I type this. I can't even sleep with one eye open since that's all I have...great.
You talkin to me?
Hey Neil, think maybe the Indians, Mexicans, and Colombians are more honest about their dishonesty?
Lisa wrote: I thought the toiletries were supposed to be used/ taken - complimentary ?
My thinking: it's OK to take consumables like those tiny soaps or shampoos, since once they're opened by guests as intended, the hotel can't & won't use them again. But it violates the 8th Commandment to take reusable things like towels, linens, or furnishings.
â€śIf he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue & vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.â€ť â€” Samuel Johnson
Forget the ethnic stereotypes, for they let the methodological cat out of the bag; how do we know the survey participants were all equally honest? If folks steal from hotels w/o fear of punishment, why should they be any more honest on unverifiable surveys? For people lie to themselves, not merely others; Total Depravity trumps statistical sociology.
Christopher000 wrote: I'm Irish Italian. My Italian side doesn't lie or steel, but my Irish side steals. Every time my left hand tries to steel something, my right hand slaps it. I'm really at odds with myself because my right hand is slapping my left hand for stealing and my mouth for lying all day long. People around town think I'm a crazy lunatic and I keep getting arrested for assaulting myself.
Maybe your Italian side should threaten your Irish side with cement shoes.
Christopher, that was great! Sometimes I'm hoping he's joking, I don't think he is but I love how you can lighten it up! Thanks for a blessed laugh! I'm Scottish and Dutch - so does that mean I'm an angry penny pincher? Or maybe an awesome golfer, I just don't know it!
I'm Irish Italian. My Italian side doesn't lie or steel, but my Irish side steals. Every time my left hand tries to steel something, my right hand slaps it. I'm really at odds with myself because my right hand is slapping my left hand for stealing and my mouth for lying all day long. People around town think I'm a crazy lunatic and I keep getting arrested for assaulting myself.