Here’s What You Can And Can’t Steal From Your Hotel Room

TravelandLeisurePublished: November 21, 201750,957 views
Published: November 21, 2017

Every vacation, sadly, comes to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a little something home with you to help you remember it. For most of us, this means picking up a tiny souvenir from the gift shop, a small piece of jewelry, or a work of art to hang on our walls. But for the more rebellious ones, that little keepsake can be downright criminal.

From the tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner to the comfy slippers and robes, hotels are filled to the brim with souvenirs just waiting for you to steal them. Amazingly, people will steal just about anything they can. Bathrobes, coat hangers, bed linen, mattress covers, towels, pillows, toilet-seat covers, pretty much everything there is in the hotel room.

Sticky fingers? Ever wondered if those extra toiletries you stuffed in your suitcase could get you arrested for theft? You're not alone, people often wonder how much they are allowed to confiscate during their stay in a hotel room. But what we can we legitimately get away with and what's crossing the boundaries between holiday souvenir and plain theft of property?

Hoteliers frequently don't mind if you take little things like toiletries. In fact, they're counting on it. Using them later could remind you of your stay and convince you to come back. So, if you really want to “steal” something, go for the little things that hotels are happy to share with you, like the soap you already used, or even a mug or a few coffee pods if you are feeling brave. Leave the sheets, artwork and electronics where they are because that is considered a crime, inform from the Metropolitan Police.

Major hotels have a computer data base with a “no stay list” filled with previous patrons who have stolen one too many coffee mugs and are no longer welcome to book a stay. Actually, hotel chains are happy to share their customer intel with others. The extensive databases of individual hotels’ blacklists are being systematically centralized.

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      Jjmyers · 40 weeks ago

      Once I paid for a room, it's toiletries are mine used or not