Stealing from Restaurants and Hotels

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    Jan 18, 2015 2:05 AM GMT
    So I was listening to Sirius Radio program today and they were asking people to call in and admit what they've stolen (swiped) from restaurants and hotels. It was hilarious. I like to think I am an honest person but I'll admit I have taken a trinket or two over the years. I have a friend that calls these capers "takes". Anybody else??
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    Jan 18, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
    FloridaCarFan saidSo I was listening to Sirius Radio program today and they were asking people to call in and admit what they've stolen (swiped) from restaurants and hotels. It was hilarious. I like to think I am an honest person but I'll admit I have taken a trinket or two over the years. I have a friend that calls these capers "takes". Anybody else??


    I thought you were going to tell us what you swiped.
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    Jan 18, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    Ok, fair enough! I stole a miniature silver coffee pot from the Venetian in Vegas. Your turn!
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    Jan 18, 2015 2:52 AM GMT
    Stealing is stealing. I wouldn't take so much as a napkin from a restaurant. It doesn't belong to me, why would I take it?
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    Jan 18, 2015 3:15 AM GMT
    The little complimentary soaps and shampoos they left in the Hotel room.

    Packets of sugar for my to go coffee.

    Extra paper napkins with my fast food meal. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 18, 2015 3:42 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidThe little complimentary soaps and shampoos they left in the Hotel room.

    Packets of sugar for my to go coffee.

    Extra paper napkins with my fast food meal. icon_cool.gif

    Yep, this kind of stuff, nothing else.
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    Jan 18, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    Reminds me of a story I read in Tokyo in a weekly newspaper for English speaking tourists. It was about how the Japanese simply don't steal. A friend of the writer's was in a swanky bar with some other friends (all English speaking and living in Tokyo) and they'd had too much to drink and one of them remarked that the chairs there were just what would go well in his apartment. Another drunkenly suggested they take them to his apartment and try them out, which they did, and with the help of one of the waitresses; her thinking to herself, people don't steal so they must be doing something legitimate, right? The next morning the person with the chairs woke up with the chairs there and was very embarrassed when he took them back.
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:02 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidStealing is stealing. I wouldn't take so much as a napkin from a restaurant. It doesn't belong to me, why would I take it?


    You are right..stealing is stealing...but I bet if I got to know you I'd find something about you that was dishonest. I had this convo with my best friend and he took the same holier than thou stance as you. He regularly sells produce from his small farm to friends and neighbors....but doesn't claim a penny of income from it....but that's ok right?
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:05 AM GMT
    This program I listened to on a trip to south Florida was enlightening....what do you think the most common item from a hotel or restaurant was by far the most stolen?
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:07 AM GMT
    FloridaCarFan said
    Art_Deco saidStealing is stealing. I wouldn't take so much as a napkin from a restaurant. It doesn't belong to me, why would I take it?
    You are right..stealing is stealing...but I bet if I got to know you I'd find something about you that was dishonest. I had this convo with my best friend and he took the same holier than thou stance as you. He regularly sells produce from his small farm to friends and neighbors....but doesn't claim a penny of income from it....but that's ok right?

    I'm no tax lawyer or accountant but it could depend on how much he makes from selling the produce. The IRS might consider it a separate business from his day job and if he doesn't make enough from it then he doesn't have to report it.

    But I agree, everyone has at least one character flaw.
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:08 AM GMT
    FloridaCarFan saidThis program I listened to on a trip to south Florida was enlightening....what do you think the most common item from a hotel or restaurant was by far the most stolen?

    Clothes hangers from the hotels. For Florida I'm tempted to say the mattresses.   icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:18 AM GMT
    In case you're wondering why I said mattresses in Florida:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/FloridaMan
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:19 AM GMT
    Well thanks for that..I'm no accountant either..but lots of so called "honest people" think when they buy something online in Florida and no sales tax is collected from the merchant that they are off the hook. WRONG! Every online purchase requires sales tax to be paid to their home state voluntarily. If Art Deco can prove he does this than I owe him a sincere piece of humble pie.

    What I do know is that all income should be reported...even from garage sales....this is why I never sell anything on Craig's list or garage sales... DONATE! HELP someone, you're better off in the end in more ways than one.
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    Jan 18, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidIn case you're wondering why I said mattresses in Florida:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/FloridaMan


    Look...I get it about Florida...but Cali and the NE has it's share of craziness. I grew up in NYC and LI and I was happy to leave the organized crime that infiltrated every aspect of my family's lives. No state is immune to stupidity or violence.
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    Jan 18, 2015 5:07 AM GMT
    Not since about 1st grade when the candy store used to keep penny candy out and I reached between two older kids in an after school crowd to grab a few pieces to pocket. No idea why I thought to take them; I'm sure it wasn't because mom hadn't given me my allowance.

    Well, the candy store owner caught me and I felt so terrible at what I had done that I broke down into tears. He had my mom come to get me. And then I apologized for being a bad boy and I guess I stole his heart because he gave me a free huge chocolate milk shake, extra thick. It was the most delicious chocolate milk shake I've ever had. We became friends and I was a good boy after that.

    I'd never taken anything before that either, never took anyone else's toys. Mom taught me to share mine. Never copied off anyone else's paper or test. Only cheated once on a Spanish exam I was nervous about which was so stupid because by the time I'd made all my notes on my arms, I'd learned the damned material but just kept it to check myself. Of course, I got caught. My one and only time and I got caught. It became apparent early that I was not made for a life of crime. Hell, I can't even do retail sales. I'd tell the customers: you don't need that crap, why don't you just bank it instead.

    I'm the same way with intellectual material. I credit where credit is due and I avert my eyes as required. You could leave me in a room by myself with your most personal papers out in the open and I'll never even read them. What's yours is yours. I don't violate that.

    That was kind of an unwritten rule in the family. Discretion. Even if you see something you weren't supposed to, you better not say anything. Once mom found my brother's hash stash, not that she was looking, I forget if my brother left it out or the dog exposed it. So mom took it from his room but never said a word because his room was his room. So then my brother went into her room and took it back. Neither ever said a word about it until, ooops, I happened to mention it during dinner out some thirty years later.

    So, I guess, all I've ever stolen is some penny candy, a heart or two and sometimes if I've worked it right, I still might get away with stealing a moment.
  • SilverRRCloud

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    Jan 18, 2015 5:45 AM GMT
    Hotels factor in the use of one way items such as the cosmetics items in your bathroom into your room rate. The soap you have used only once cannot be reused for the next guest. And frankly, they cannot afford the luxury of giving the next guest your half-used bottle of hair shampoo and conditioner just because there is plenty in the bottle for one or two more uses...

    So, one-way use items, mostly cosmetics, slippers, etc., are yours to take home with you if this is what makes you happy. Uppermost luxury hotels and chains use very expensive brands, and they are actually happy to see that you attach so much value to their cosmetics that you want to take it home with you. This is a good sign for them that you will be inclined to repeat the experience of staying with them whenever possible.

    Everything else is simple stealing. Don't do it. It ain't worth it.

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    Jan 18, 2015 5:49 AM GMT
    I stole a guy's virginity in a resort hotel palm Springs...
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    Jan 18, 2015 7:27 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidNor do I do other dishonest things.

    Where is SouthBeach when we need him? I have no doubt that SouthBeach could dig up multifarious examples of Art_Deco's moral turpitude.   icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 18, 2015 1:25 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidNor do I do other dishonest things.

    Where is SouthBeach when we need him? I have no doubt that SouthBeach could dig up multifarious examples of Art_Deco's moral turpitude.   icon_twisted.gif


    Too funny.....I was thinking the same thing. I actually like Art Deco and his posts but the self righteous rants are worthy of SouthBeach's rath. lol
  • Amelorn

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    Jan 18, 2015 1:27 PM GMT
    A rule of thumb is that branded items are meant to be taken, such as pens and toiletries/amenities.

    Consider a 4 or 5* hotel with L'occitane or Bvlgari toiletries. You're supposed to take them. It signals to the hotel's GM that the customer likes the product, it costs the hotel virtually nothing, and the item's manufacturer gets free advertising/market outreach.
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    Jan 18, 2015 1:29 PM GMT
    FloridaCarFan said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Art_Deco saidNor do I do other dishonest things.

    Where is SouthBeach when we need him? I have no doubt that SouthBeach could dig up multifarious examples of Art_Deco's moral turpitude.   icon_twisted.gif

    Too funny.....I was thinking the same thing. I actually like Art Deco and his posts but the self righteous rants are worthy of SouthBeach's rath. lol

    No worse than your claims that everyone steals.
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    Jan 18, 2015 1:53 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidNor do I do other dishonest things.

    Where is SouthBeach when we need him? I have no doubt that SouthBeach could dig up multifarious examples of Art_Deco's moral turpitude.   icon_twisted.gif

    SB doesn't "dig up", he invents. Like that lunatic from Australia with the fractured grammar & spelling, who declares himself to be the only "bonafide homosexual" on this site (and possibly on the planet).

    He used to claim I punished my gay soldiers when I was an officer, with no evidence whatsoever, since I never did it. The truth being I never knew a gay soldier within my commands.

    And the one I suspected of being gay I nevertheless rewarded for his outstanding job performance. By personally expediting his early promotion to a very difficult-to-obtain senior NCO rank, ahead of many others on the promotion list.

    But guys like "bonafide" and SB will just pull this stuff out of their asses, like some of the looney political crap we have to endure here. So it disappoints me greatly that some of you guys here, whom I admire, often endorsing & complimenting your posts (but admittedly also having fun with them at times), would write stuff like this about me. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 18, 2015 1:57 PM GMT
    I stole a waiter's heart once.
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    Jan 18, 2015 2:00 PM GMT
    Honestly, why bother? If you're that acquisitive then you probably need help. Besides, who has room in their luggage for all that stuff? I always travel light - hand luggage only.

    I took a complimentary pen when I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Toronto last year, as a souvenir, but I did ask first.

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    Jan 18, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    I've never stolen anything from hotels and the reason is simple....all of their items are crap. From the coffee pots, the pillows, towels and sheets, they're items I would never buy much less steal.