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I read a recent post by Brian over at The Gate, entitled The Rude American for These 8 Reasons. It was a listing of 8 reasons why Americans are “rude”. I personally think there are plenty of times when Americans act rudely, both overseas at home, though I am not sure that it is exclusive to just Americans.
When my wife and I were at a snake / alligator show in the Everglades, there were a group of Germans who were crossing the fence trying to get close-up pictures of an alligator, to the point that I was seriously worried they were going to die. Just the other day, when we were at the Fountain Paint Pots in Yellowstone, there was an Asian tourist who ignored the giant signs to stay on the boardwalk, wandering through the grass testing out if the water was “hot”
So, do you take hotel toiletries?
That’s a long way to say that rudeness comes in all nationalities, but the #1 reason the article gave for Americans being rude was that they “take hotel toiletries”. That got me to think – is it wrong to take hotel toiletries?
I will say right now that I take all the soap, shampoo and conditioners. I also take the pens, but that’s generally it. I don’t take pillows, sheets, alarm clocks, or anything like that – those seem to be well across “the line”.
In fact, when I was at a Rodeway Inn a few months ago, there was a sign in the room telling you how much it would cost if you took various amenities
This seems like a pretty good list of what it is NOT okay to take. Since I don’t see soap, shampoo or pens on that list, I feel like I’m okay :-).
So, on to you – do you take hotel toiletries, pens or other amenities? Vote in the poll.