Reddit, the popular social news website, has been hosting a lively discussion amongst (alleged) current and former hotel employees across the globe, in which they serve up tantalizing tales of misdeeds, mishaps, scams and shocking industry policies.
Note that there is no verification if any of these anecdotes are real, but they still make for some mighty entertaining reading. If there's any truth to even half of these stories, just bear them in mind next time you're tempted to treat a hotel employee like crap. And remember, never sit on the bedspreads.
Some of our picks are below. And yes, they most definitely have the potential to be offensive to some readers. You've been warned.
"Check the seals on the things in the minibar. I once had a guest who had drunk the whiskey and then peed in the bottle, closed it, and put it back."
"Use a towel or sheet on the chairs or sofa, a LOT of people sit on them naked. It's nasty but there is often a brown streak on the desk chair that no one think about."
"Your breakfast food is likely always been handled in an unsanitary manner during set up. (typically desk clerk in lower end hotels)."
"During my training, I once found an obvious [semen] crust on the coverlet. I told the woman I was working with that it needed to be cleaned and she responded 'Just wipe it with a damp cloth until you can't see it any more,' like it was no big deal.
"Bedbugs often travel around on luggage. Most guests don't seem to notice that. Guests who stay at higher-end hotels often spend more time traveling, and thus have a higher chance of taking bedbugs from hotel to hotel."
"I've worked as a chambermaid and the job itself I don't mind (although I've seen some disgusting things) but you have a time limit for each room. I hated leaving a room not fully cleaned but there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. I tried explaining this to the manager there and he basically said if I needed X amount of time on a room I had two options: work through my break to spend longer on each room, or be replaced by someone else. So I stopped bothering to check under the beds or mattresses and only cleaned what you could see. I didn't stay there very long..."
"As an ex-housekeeper we used to wash the glasses in the bathroom sink and dry them with a clean pillow case. If they looked unused they wouldn't get washed."
"Currently a night auditor for a large hotel chain. Recently a lady had a miscarriage in one of our bath tubs. She didn't say anything and left us to find it on our own."