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Is it a Conspiracy?

What is it about motel/hotel places, that when a guest is staying longer than overnight the housekeepers clean up the little soap bars every day? I mean, there's enough soap in those bars for a week, no worries. Yet every day the bar of soap disappears, and a tightly wrapped brand new one is there in its place.

Now it could be that I'm excessively frugal; I've no idea what a little bar of soap costs. And, since I live with someone who makes soap, I know that soap bars may be added back to a batch of new soap without too much trouble.

But I've got this image of a black market in recycled soap bars...

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fatfred
Sep. 15th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
Confession time.
I tend to tuck extra soap bars and shampoo in my kit bag, save them up, then donate them to Casa or other places when I get home.
Unless I stay at a Radisson. The Asira shampoos are mine, all mine, and I will do anything to get extra ones.
madshutterbug
Sep. 15th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I've done that too, I'm sure most everyone does. Some of the shampoo's I've snagged, once I've used them up I refill the little bottles for travelling.

It's just that when I stay someplace longer than one night, it seems sort of odd that the bar of soap I use disappears every day. It's a reusable resource, probably doesn't cost much but would save the place some money. And, there are some places I've stayed where the soap doesn't disappear when I stay a week or so.
fatfred
Sep. 15th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Who sez this world ever makes sense?
madshutterbug
Sep. 15th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
Rodney says. Just ask Bishop Bullwinkle of the Sixth Congregational Interstellar Church of Rodney.
starcat_jewel
Sep. 15th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Not all hotels do that. Several chains, from both the cheaper and the more expensive lines, have figured out that they can save significant money by not replacing things like soap and shampoo every day for a single guest.

That said, don't grudge your maid service the used bars. It might very well make a significant difference in their budget. And don't forget, also, that the cost of those little samples is figured into the room rate; the hotel expects them to be taken, one way or another.
madshutterbug
Sep. 15th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
Right, I know not all hotels do this; as I mentioned I've been places where this didn't happen.

Nor do I begrudge the process. I'm one of the few people I know who leaves a tip for the housekeepers.

It's just... the rational side understands. The irrational side is asking, Wha? Why?

And with all of this and a dollar, I can get a cup of coffee. *G*
singingnettle
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
We leave tips, too.

Ya, I know what you mean...it's just one of these Mysteries.
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