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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...



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.
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*
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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