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   What does your hotel know about you? If they use a black light, they know that it looks like Wilford Brimley strangled a hooker in the room

19 Jan 2013 08:23 AM   |   9516 clicks   |   NBC News
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19 Jan 2013 08:26 AM
Tanthalas39     
Shameless theft, subby.

19 Jan 2013 08:29 AM
Rat     
The folks at Motel 6 have the TP rolling from the top, and I like that about them.

© And that light is left on for a reason, pal

19 Jan 2013 08:31 AM
Happy Hours     
Looking you up on Faceplace and leave your dog a gift is creepy and intrusive.

Remembering that you asked for a WSJ on your last visit is just good service.

19 Jan 2013 08:34 AM
teardrop     
Sorry, I'd find that horribly intrusive.

As HH said, remembering what paper I ordered last time I was there is OK, but searching out personal stuff just to appear more "friendly" makes them look like stalkers.

19 Jan 2013 08:36 AM
buntz     

Tanthalas39: Shameless theft, subby.


Seriously! He didn't even get the quote right!

19 Jan 2013 08:39 AM
gaslight    [TotalFark]  
Of course you should game the system. Walk in muttering to your cell phone that you can't believe you invested in this crappy hotel chain and the best thing to do if things don't improve is to sell the thing to the Chinese.

19 Jan 2013 08:40 AM
M-G     
Would have preferred a Bob Crane reference lifted from Family Guy.

19 Jan 2013 08:41 AM
Gunny Walker     
Not the crappy hotels I stay in, subby. They didn't get the word last year that I don't like fleas in my bed.

19 Jan 2013 08:42 AM
ArcadianRefugee     
"We knew very little about her before she checked in, so we searched for her online and discovered she had a dog named Bo," the rep says. "When she arrived, there was a little doggy gift waiting in her room, with a notecard that said Bo misses you."

Euw.

19 Jan 2013 08:43 AM
psychicdeath99    [TotalFark]  
When Wilford Brimley strangles a hooker, there's never even a trace of a clue left behind, because Wilford Brimley by-God gets things done.

19 Jan 2013 08:43 AM
BolshyGreatYarblocks     
It's not creepy when Corporate Persons do it, citizen. Suck it, consumer.

19 Jan 2013 08:49 AM
Fluid     
This crosses the line from being helpful to being annoyingly intrusive, which has the opposite effect of what you're trying to achieve.

19 Jan 2013 08:50 AM
petuniapup     
Hadn't heard of any of the hotels in TFA. I'll stick with frugal anonymity, even if it's perhaps tinged with willful ignorance.

And the hospitality guy approved of the picture of his family? Seems like that would've gone down awkwardly: Picture it, he sees the picture, thinks his wife was thinking of him, and he calls her up. "Hey honey, thanks for arranging the picture of the family in my hotel room." She's like, Wha? And, in a horror story twist, THE PICTURE CAME FROM INSIDE THE HOTEL!

19 Jan 2013 08:53 AM
Anastacya     
Must be a slow news day. I remember this being on 20/20 or some such show back in the 90s.

19 Jan 2013 09:07 AM
Prey4reign    [TotalFark]  

psychicdeath99: When Wilford Brimley strangles a hooker, there's never even a trace of a clue left behind, because Wilford Brimley by-God gets things done.


Wrong. He leaves a trail of half-eaten, soggy oatmeal to the door.

19 Jan 2013 09:09 AM
Vodka Zombie     

Prey4reign: psychicdeath99: When Wilford Brimley strangles a hooker, there's never even a trace of a clue left behind, because Wilford Brimley by-God gets things done.

Wrong. He leaves a trail of half-eaten, soggy oatmeal to the door.


I'm telling ya, the diabeetus schtick is just an act with Brimley.  When you wake the guy in a hotel room, there are literally needles everywhere, and though he tries to claim he had some blood sugar issues after eating the crappy room service, he'll punch you in your head if you even think to ask him about the bent spoons and rubber bands.

19 Jan 2013 09:23 AM
Zotfripper    [TotalFark]  
My room looks like a predator exploded.

19 Jan 2013 09:47 AM
stewbert     
My room looks like the South Park Randy jpg. The staff refuse to shake hands with me.

19 Jan 2013 09:59 AM
bluenovaman     
Sweet! So does this mean they are going to start leaving me joints on my pillows?

19 Jan 2013 10:10 AM
Phineas     
I hope the don't blacklight it, I came so many times all over the room i was just in for 12 days. Actually mostly on their towels.. they should probably throw those out. Sorry, next person who uses them.

19 Jan 2013 10:19 AM
natazha     
I don't travel for business any more and my vacations are strictly camping, but I remember Hilton as being incredibly intrusive even back in the '80s. They were the main reason I started using a different chain for every trip.

19 Jan 2013 10:21 AM
kendejo42     
Oak Tree Inn...North Platte Nebraska...............motion detectors in the room raise the A/C temp if you are gone BUT,,,,also heard the desk clerk say into the phone "OH, He's not in his room right now"

19 Jan 2013 10:29 AM
StoPPeRmobile     
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19 Jan 2013 10:31 AM
Lochsteppe     
It was like that when I got here.

19 Jan 2013 10:55 AM
bilgemaster     

gaslight: Of course you should game the system. Walk in muttering to your cell phone that you can't believe you invested in this crappy hotel chain and the best thing to do if things don't improve is to sell the thing to the Chinese.


This. (is a superb idea)

/cut of jib, newsletter subscription request, winrar, etc.

19 Jan 2013 11:11 AM
Ima4nic8or     
"Cranks and paranoiacs will surely see all this probing and profiling as a sign of the apocalypse, or at least a serious incursion into their privacy."

Ugh. I cant stand these types of folks. They basically think that if you dont agree with them, you must be insane. I wouldnt go so far as to say this sort of probing and profiling is a sign of the apocalypse but I would call it an invasion of privacy. I dont think that makes me crazy. Nor does it make the writer crazy. It just means I value my privacy a bit more than him. That observation could lead to a meaningful discussion. Instead the author blindly calls all folks like me cranky or paranoid.

"Who wouldn't want their hotel to know, without even asking, what type of pillow to leave on the bed, which magazines to leave on the coffee table, what brand of juice to put in the mini-bar?"

Me for one. I might enjoy the print version of Big Breasted Asian Ladies magazine, but that does not mean I want my hotel staff setting out a copy for me. Ok, I am exagerating a bit and realize they probably wouldnt put that one out. That said I prefer my privacy. I dont really want everyone in the world knowing what magazines I like, what type of pillow I like or what kind of juice I like.

"Who doesn't enjoy being surprised and delighted?"

The author assumes too much about how I feel about it. Creeped out is at least as likely. I suppose if the delivery were so seamless that I didnt notice that it was based on collection of personal info then I wouldnt be bothered by it. Ignorance is not bliss though. I would rather know when people are paying too much attention to me. If I get the sense that it came more or less from spying on me then I would be creeped out.

19 Jan 2013 11:14 AM
offmymeds     

Vodka Zombie: Prey4reign: psychicdeath99: When Wilford Brimley strangles a hooker, there's never even a trace of a clue left behind, because Wilford Brimley by-God gets things done.

Wrong. He leaves a trail of half-eaten, soggy oatmeal to the door.

I'm telling ya, the diabeetus schtick is just an act with Brimley.  When you wake the guy in a hotel room, there are literally needles everywhere, and though he tries to claim he had some blood sugar issues after eating the crappy room service, he'll punch you in your head if you even think to ask him about the bent spoons and rubber bands.


Link

19 Jan 2013 11:18 AM
StoPPeRmobile     

bilgemaster: gaslight: Of course you should game the system. Walk in muttering to your cell phone that you can't believe you invested in this crappy hotel chain and the best thing to do if things don't improve is to sell the thing to the Chinese.

This. (is a superb idea)

/cut of jib, newsletter subscription request, winrar, etc.


I often give the impression that I'm either a critic or a secret shopper.

/less chance of spit in your food

19 Jan 2013 11:22 AM
muckin refarkable     
It's just one short step from leaving a doggie gift or family picture to boiling the family pet if you use a different chain.

/Actually, this could be a problem as I share the name of a relatively famous gay guy

19 Jan 2013 11:43 AM
FirstNationalBastard    [TotalFark]  

muckin refarkable: It's just one short step from leaving a doggie gift or family picture to boiling the family pet if you use a different chain.

/Actually, this could be a problem as I share the name of a relatively famous gay guy


Yeah, but who couldn't use a complimentary vat of lube and the number to Gary's all-night Hamster emporium?

19 Jan 2013 11:52 AM
maxx2112     
Since I started using my Rewards number when making on-line reservations, I've started getting personalized gift baskets in my hotel room. The first time I walked in saw a card with my name and a bag o' goodies, I was a little creeped out. Now I've come to expect it.


/ especially the M&Ms

19 Jan 2013 11:56 AM
ShiniBents    [TotalFark]  

kendejo42: Oak Tree Inn...North Platte Nebraska...............motion detectors in the room raise the A/C temp if you are gone BUT,,,,also heard the desk clerk say into the phone "OH, He's not in his room right now"


Said that before, some guests tell you when they're leaving or you get to know their work habits if they're extended stays. Don't worry about that.

This article is ridiculous. As a hotel GM I can safely say we don't have time, money, or desire to look this crap up. If you're a regular we get to know you, we are not in the business of stalking.

Sucks bad enough that every idiot still thinks we have their entire life story on the key cards thanks to that stupid news report decades ago. Vegas might put more info on them for room charges at shops and shiat but the tiny ass days inn in no where idaho doesn't give a crap.

Had people refuse to give their cards back because "Someone could get the credit card info and my personal data off it". No they can't, half the time the two systems aren't connected, and that's stupid.

19 Jan 2013 12:11 PM
The One True TheDavid     
FTFA:

"The first page of Google results is usually sufficient. We're not digging into every last detail of someone's life - we just want a picture of who they are."

The first page of Google results on my legal name shows lots of other guys with parents who were equally unimaginative and nothing on me. Clearly I'm beneath their notice.

I don't have a credit rating either. Almost 50 and I've never had credit.

Maybe these fine hospitality establishments would let me pay cash to sleep in the dumpster.

19 Jan 2013 12:14 PM
MadTheologian     
Dear hotels: Please do not confuse me with the MK ULTRA survivor who has the same name as me (and vice versa). Heaven knows what I'd get in my goody basket.

19 Jan 2013 12:15 PM
IronTom    [TotalFark]  

ArcadianRefugee: "We knew very little about her before she checked in, so we searched for her online and discovered she had a dog named Bo," the rep says. "When she arrived, there was a little doggy gift waiting in her room, with a notecard that said Bo misses you."

Euw.


if you ever want to see Bo again, leave a good tip

19 Jan 2013 12:38 PM
IronTom    [TotalFark]  

maxx2112: Since I started using my Rewards number when making on-line reservations, I've started getting personalized gift baskets in my hotel room. The first time I walked in saw a card with my name and a bag o' goodies, I was a little creeped out. Now I've come to expect it.


/ especially the M&Ms


When I stayed at one of the better hotels in India, they had personalized stationery with my name on it in the room ready for me to send a letter to the president of Portugal or some such thing.

19 Jan 2013 12:42 PM
CujoQuarrel     
Uh oh

So you're saying they know about my dead hooker habit?

// Starts cleaning the room with bleach ...

19 Jan 2013 12:47 PM
Resident Muslim    [TotalFark]  
I'm sure many a businessman canceled their 'evening meetings' upon finding ultra-personalized gifts in their room and wondering if the little wifey at home is stalking them.

19 Jan 2013 12:50 PM
Sweaty Dynamite     
"Mr. Dynamite, we have taken the liberty of programming all of your channels to the Bukkake channel and stocking extra towels in your room. Enjoy your stay with us."

19 Jan 2013 01:19 PM
StoPPeRmobile     

Sweaty Dynamite: "Mr. Dynamite, we have taken the liberty of programming all of your channels to the Bukkake channel and stocking extra towels in your room. Enjoy your stay with us."


No shiat. They would all be masterbatoriums.

19 Jan 2013 01:47 PM
PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm     
This could just end so entertainingly the next time a businessman happens to travel with his wife and unwittingly finds a nice basket waiting for him stuffed with thoughtful gifts like "Clergymen Gone Wild Volume VII" and cherry-lime-flavored lube...

19 Jan 2013 01:51 PM
The One True TheDavid     
CujoQuarrel:

Uh oh

So you're saying they know about my dead hooker habit?


Are they dead when you find them? I've had a few who played dead very well, but they were really just vegetating. Persistently.

What could be more orderly than that?

19 Jan 2013 02:22 PM
over_and_done     

CujoQuarrel: Uh oh

So you're saying they know about my dead hooker habit?

// Starts cleaning the room with bleach ...


The better hotel chains would start pre-stocking the room with hookers before your arrival.

19 Jan 2013 02:29 PM
StoPPeRmobile     

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: This could just end so entertainingly the next time a businessman happens to travel with his wife and unwittingly finds a nice basket waiting for him stuffed with thoughtful gifts like "Clergymen Gone Wild Volume VII" and cherry-lime-flavored lube...


or lingerie.

19 Jan 2013 02:47 PM
Clockwork Kumquat     
A rep for a prestigious Beverly Hills hotel recalls welcoming a first-time guest to the property. "We knew very little about her before she checked in, so we searched for her online and discovered she had a dog named Bo," the rep says. "When she arrived, there was a little doggy gift waiting in her room, with a notecard that said Bo misses you." Creepy? Cute? You be the judge.

Grab that shiat, run down to the lobby desk with it and throw a breakdown in front of everybody, sobbing and shaking uncontrollably and wailing, "I had to... had to p-put my poor little B-B-Bo to... to sleep just yesterday-hay-hay oh god he's GONE GONE FOREVER I LOVED HIM SO M-M-MUCH AND NOW HE'S G-G-GONE WHAT IS THIS WHY DID YOU D-D-DO THIS WHY WHYYY" until they give you a free week in the farking Royal Sultan Penthouse Suite or something.

19 Jan 2013 03:30 PM
kmoser     
I heard Glenn Beck was involved, too.

19 Jan 2013 03:43 PM
MBrady     

bilgemaster: gaslight: Of course you should game the system. Walk in muttering to your cell phone that you can't believe you invested in this crappy hotel chain and the best thing to do if things don't improve is to sell the thing to the Chinese.

This. (is a superb idea)

/cut of jib, newsletter subscription request, winrar, etc.


or (into your cell phone): "that hooker you got for me last night is dead in my hotel room...and you will be too if you figure out a way to transport the product out of Columbia to (city near hotel). So cut the crap or the cops are going to find you in small pieces.

19 Jan 2013 04:25 PM
davidphogan     

ShiniBents: This article is ridiculous. As a hotel GM I can safely say we don't have time, money, or desire to look this crap up. If you're a regular we get to know you, we are not in the business of stalking.


I was wondering why they didn't mention how high end most of these places are. They're boutiques or resorts, not the place your typical traveler can and wants to spend the money on. The target audience of these hotels are people who want to be seen at a "cool" place, and are willing to pay a premium for it. With the premium you pay to stay there they want to give out a "better" experience, and have the resources to use this method, as creepy as it is to many of us.

19 Jan 2013 08:00 PM
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