This has been an ongoing debate between my dad and I, sometimes so heated that we refuse to speak to each other for a whole 20 minutes. As strong as our relationship seems to be, sometimes I wish there was a hidden camera nearby when we have these silly arguments. We can not seem to agree on what’s appropriate to take home from a paid hotel room.
Without fail, we visited the argument yet again today, as we are preparing for our “Father’s Day Family Mattress Run” this upcoming Sunday. My crazy points family decided to book a total of 4 rooms this weekend at a local Country Inn & Suites to rack up nearly 200,000 Club Carlson points with Country Inn & Suites’ SOGO promotion.
All of us (and Kevin) plan on taking the two hour drive together in one car, checking in, and then checking out hours later without even spending the night. Via email, I half-jokingly (OK maybe I really was serious), told Dad that I would be raiding the 4 rooms of teas and bath products before checking out. His response was less than supportive: “not me, I have morals”.
Am I really that “immoral” for wanting to take home some of the products and teas from a room that I paid for? Jeez, that’s a harsh statement.
My argument: “If I’m staying at a hotel, I do not see anything wrong with taking home some of the in-room toiletries and trinkets. For instance, I love tea; I can not go a day without a cup or two. If the room I’m staying in is stocked with some high-quality teabags (especially Tazo, which we all know is somewhat expensive), I have no problem taking them with me. Same goes for travel-sized bath products; they’re good to have when I’m on the go, and the sizes are TSA friendly. Plus, they’re handy to have when guests stay with me at my apartment.”
Dad’s argument: “Not me, I have morals. Taking items home from a hotel stay is low, and you should be embarrassed of yourself; especially if you take home the pen, and the coffees and teas. The hotel will think you are super cheap and make note of it.”
As you can see, we fall at very opposite ends of the spectrum on this case. Granted, I have never taken home towels, sheets, or any other decor/furniture item from as hotel (people still do that?), but I sure as hell don’t feel guilty taking home some Tazo tea, pens, and good toiletry items.
Where do you stand? Feel free to comment below.