On my recent trip to Austin, it appears that housekeeping thought they were cute too. I bought them specifically for the trip, but did not end up wearing them at all. They stayed parked next to my suitcase the entire weekend… unworn, pretty much with the tags still on them.
Upon packing up to leave, the shoes were gone. We called the other girls on the trip to ensure that they didn’t grab them on accident, but Shawn and I knew what happened… Housekeeping helped themselves.
Shawn was diplomatic and called the hotel operator for me, asking if they could check and see if housekeeping “accidently scooped the shoes up with dirty towels or sheets, etc.” thus giving them an “out” and a chance to return the shoes. We didn’t hear back from them.
As we were checking out at the front desk, we asked if housekeeping had reported anything. The front desk hadn’t heard about the incident from housekeeping. (what a shocker!) We gave the manager my name, number and home address, on the off-chance the shoes “reappeared.” I did not hold out much hope. c’est la vie. Forty minutes later, the hotel manager called me. They had found the shoes. Where were they? They had mysteriously appeared in a 6th floor stairwell. (A place I had not been before.) I was very happy to get them back. (Because look how cute they are!)
Several years ago, Handsome Hubby and I had a camera taken from our hotel room. The front desk had received enough complaints from guests who were missing items, that they called the police. After interviewing us, the police set up a hidden camera in our room the next day. Nothing out of the ordinary was caught on film. We figured we lost our new camera. The day we were leaving, HH did his normal, thorough sweep of the hotel room, which includes looking under the beds. The camera was under the bed, pushed all the way up against the wall with the headboard.
So this is the scam: The thief who takes your item hides it within your own room or somewhere on the premises. If the item is discovered missing, they can easily say “oh, you must have misplaced it. How great that you found it.” After all, it isn’t stolen if it is still in the room, right? Once you check out and leave, they can go and retrieve their stash without fear of getting caught.
Also? I clearly have excellent taste in shoes.
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