If you’ve stayed in a hotel, chances are you’ve pocketed something from the room to take home. Don’t worry — lots of stuff is fair game for you to take. But some things aren’t.
Although typically a hotel won’t press charges if you steal some things, you never know. Believe it or not, hotels actually factor theft into their actual budgets, but at some point enough is enough. Keep reading to see what you can get away with slipping into your suitcase — and what you can’t.
1. Bathrobe and ashtray
According to The Telegraph, a young couple was arrested for stealing from a hotel in Japan. What did they take? Two bathrobes and an ashtray. Although some hotels will simply write off things like bathrobes, it’s really not worth taking a chance stealing one.
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A woman got sentenced to three months in prison for stealing from the Transcorp Hilton Abuja in Nigeria. And you won’t believe what she stole: two towels.
Again, this isn’t something a hotel will likely prosecute you for, but it’s far wiser to err on the side of caution and leave the linens in your room. According to The Telegraph, police said this about stealing towels from a hotel: “It is a crime,” a spokesman said. “If we were to receive allegations, we would follow them up.”
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3. Stuff from the housekeeper’s cart
According to The Telegraph, some things on the housekeeper’s cart are up for grabs. Go ahead grab all the hand cream and soap you can, and put it in your suitcase. Those amenities are free for guests, so have at them. Even if you’re caught, you can just say you were out of whatever you took and you were being helpful by getting it yourself.
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5. You can buy things that are in your room
Many hotels want you to take home the things you love from your room — which is why they’re for sale in the gift shop or online, according The Telegraph. Robert Thrailkill, general manager of the Conrad Miami, told The Telegraph, “A guest room should feel like a home away from home. If the guest enjoys something enough to want to take it home with them, they are welcome to do so, but at a charge.” If you really love that plush robe, just buy it, and save yourself a potential headache of getting caught stealing it.
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6. Watch out for security tags
According The Telegraph, a few U.S. hotel chains added electronic tags to their luxury linens a few years back. Imagine stealing those high thread count sheets and an alarm going off when you leave the hotel. Not much would be more embarrassing than having security deal with that situation.
Next: How to get out of trouble
6. Weasel your way out of a sticky situation
If you stole something from a luxury hotel — a robe, for example — and the hotel bills you for it, you might be able to weasel your way out of it, according to News Limited. If you call the manager and complain, chances are they will take it off the bill — and maybe even apologize.
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7. Maybe you won’t get arrested, but you might get blacklisted
Yes, hotels have blacklists, according to NBC News. To get on that blacklist, you either have to really trash a room or steal a bunch of stuff. If you’re costing a hotel more money than you’re “worth,” it might ban you. And hotels are sharing their blacklists, too, which hotel managers regularly access online.
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8. Gideon Bible
This might sound crazy, but if you steal the Bible from the room you likely won’t get in trouble. According to Lifehacker, Gideons International actually wants you to steal its Bible from your hotel room. And the company can’t get enough people to do it, apparently. The hotel staff might or might not share the Gideons’ feelings, but chances are you’ll be fine if you lift that Bible. Better yet, just buy one.
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