Words by Hugh Morris
Spare a thought for the hotel staff whose job it is to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, because it’s not just a few nagging guests, the occasional spilt glass of red wine or a lost phone charger they have to deal with.
A recent thread on Reddit asked those who work in hospitality to spill the beans on the weirdest experiences they have had on the job – and they did not disappoint.
Topping the pile was a user who told of a guest the hotel staff nicknamed “Pie Guy” who would regularly visit the hotel, pay for his room in cash as well as a $100 deposit, then leave the next day without checking out. When staff checked his room, the bathroom was always covered in the remnants of “several expensive pies”.
“He never came to the desk for his deposit, as he knew he wouldn’t be getting it back. We added his name to our ‘do not rent’ list but he kept coming back and using different names,” the user wrote.
“One time we found a torn up list in his room with the words ‘pie’ and ‘pants’ scribbled over and over again.”
Another user explained how a lady asked staff to open up the gym at 11pm. The member of staff obliged, assuming she was a night owl when it came to fitness. However, that wasn’t the case.
“I went back in around 3am to close it up again, and she had set up a bed for herself on the treadmill,” the user explained. “[I] ended up giving her our last room after she had a fight with her husband and was refusing to sleep with him.”
One user who was working on the front desk of a hotel told how a woman had rung up to complain the water in her toilet was full of bubbles. Before the member of staff could not stop her, she proceeded to take a sample with a wine glass and bring it downstairs. By the time she reached reception, the bubbles had gone. “Well, it was bubbly a minute ago,” she said.
One member of the thread gave some insight into the sort of guests experienced on a night shift: “Once, an intoxicated guy walked into the lobby at midnight, picked up a decorative rock, walked around the perimeter of the lobby, and then put the rock back.”
Rather surprisingly, few stories related to guests with a tendency to steal from hotels, despite recent research showing that one in 10 guests will take something after a stay.
However, one user who worked as a lifeguard at a hotel said there was a thief who would come into the gym each week to steal the water jug. The same commenter said there was once a porcupine roaming the lobby, and told how a person once “stacked all the chairs from the pool area in the pool while I was out getting towels”.
All this begs the question: Who’d work at a hotel?
This article was written by Hugh Morris from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.