A woman has sparked debate online after her friend admitted taking towels from hotel rooms.
It’s common for guests to take things from their room when they stay at a hotel, but some people seem to take it too far.
Tiktokerin Téja Renée (@tejarenee) revealed that her friend was one of those people after talking about freebies for hotel rooms.
While Téja was perfectly fine with taking small items like shampoo and slippers, she argued that taking towels was theft.
However, her friend disagreed and said it made no difference whether you took a towel or a pair of slippers.
Téja went to Tiktok to see if other people agreed with her or her friend.
In a videoShe said: “I was talking to my girlfriend about the fact that when you go to a hotel I always take slippers with me, and then they said they would take the slippers, shower gel and towels.”
“I was like, ‘No, if you take the towels, that’s stealing, you’re actually stealing, you’re not allowed to take towels’.”
“They asked why it was different to take the slippers than the towels.
“I am saying that taking slippers is different from taking towels. Taking the little things out of the shower is different than taking the towels.”
“Can we all agree that it’s not the same thing and that taking the towels is indeed stealing? I just need someone to be on my side.”
The video has been viewed more than 5,000 times, with people divided in the comments section.
Most people agreed with Téja and said that taking towels was stealing.
One said: “I wouldn’t expect the slippers to be reused but the towels would.”
Another wrote: “Agreed. The towels would be reused. The rest don’t.”
A third added: “Something that can be reused is theft.”
However, there were some who argued that the towels should be up for grabs.
One said: “I keep thinking it’s bad to keep wearing slippers so take them. But then I keep thinking about reusing towels.”
Another commented: “I’ve got a towel from most destinations I’ve been to – it’s not stealing, they’re souvenirs.”
However, hotel experts are largely unanimous on Téja’s side on this point and all say that towels should always be left in the hotel room upon check-out.
Joanna McCreary, general manager of the W Hotel in Austin, Texas, recounted Reader’s Digest: “Bed linen, towels and other bed linen should never be taken out of hotel rooms.”
“The goal of hotels is to prepare the perfect room for the next guest. Taking expensive basic equipment with you makes it difficult for hotel staff to do their jobs.”
travel conscious even claim that some hotels automatically charge guests if they take things they shouldn’t, like bathrobes and towels.
They said: “If you take something from your hotel room, you have to expect an extra charge on your bill.”
“Bathrobes and towels are stolen so frequently that many hotels now list the fee right on the hanger. They will automatically charge the credit card they have on file for the additional cost of replacing those items.”
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