Time To Confess: Are You A Hotel Thief?

Posted by Sue Anderson, 18th May 2016

We've all been there; you've just checked into a hotel room and you can't help but notice that the towels are oh so fluffy, the sheets are so crisp and fresh and don't you just love that lamp on the night stand? Just because you like what you see, it doesn't mean it's yours for the taking.

Still, theft from hotel rooms does unfortunately go on. We conducted an anonymous study of 2,623 British adults to see if we could get a few confessions from them. Everyone taking part in our poll had been on at least six holidays abroad in their adult lifetime so far.

14% of Holidaymakers Have Stolen From a Hotel, With Pool Towels Most Likely To Be Pinched

When we asked 'Have you ever stolen anything, however small, from a hotel during a holiday abroad?' 56% confessed that they had. A further 14% of the total respondents admitted that they had been caught in the act of taking something that wasn't theirs from a hotel abroad. Anyone who had stolen a hotel item in the past was asked to name everything they had taken in this manner in the past, which revealed the following top 10 answers:

1. Pool towel(s) - 31%

2. Room towel(s) - 27%

3. Soft furnishing (e.g. cushions) - 22%

4. Batteries - 20%

5. Cutlery/crockery/glassware - 18%

6. Slippers - 12%

7. Robe - 9%

8. Light bulbs - 8%

9. Bedding (duvet cover, pillow cases, blankets) - 4%

10. Decorative accessories (e.g. a vase) - 2%

Alarm Clocks, TVs and Bibles Also Pinched By Holidaymakers

1% of the hotel thieves told us that they had taken electrical items (such as alarm clock, music player or remote control). Two respondents to the survey admitted during the research that they had previously taken a television from a hotel on holiday abroad. Another respondent admitted to stealing a bible from a hotel room they'd stayed in.

When we asked people why they had stolen items from hotels in the past, 47% of the people taking part shared the attitude that the 'hotel would have plenty more spare' and 28% said it was in order to get their 'money's worth'.

Stealing is wrong on so many levels and unfortunately we think that many people don't consider taking from hotels to be theft. The truth of the matter is that taking anything that doesn't belong to you is stealing. Hotel guests need to respect the fact that the items in rooms they stay in aren't just there for the taking, but rather are there to enjoy during their stay.
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