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Hotels and Hassles

absinthe48 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 7:11 AM
Thanks, Dr. Sowell, for another good article, and one of your humanizing one. (Most of us who have read you for a while get in the mindset of treating you like an idol.) We've all had the experience of paying for excellence when what we received was a hassle. In defense of the maids, they were probably Zapotecs from southern Mexico, a tribe notorious for their industry and cleanliness. One used robe would look to them like any other used robe: in need of a serious cleaning. But that gets us into the whole question of ethnicity. My bad.

Few things can make you appreciate home like staying in a hotel. This includes not only low-budget, bare bones hotels but also sweepingly large and ornate luxury hotels. What many hotels seem to have in common are needless hassles.

Since most people who stay in hotels do so while traveling, and stay only a few days in a given hotel, you might think that those who run hotels would want to make it easy for someone who arrives a little tired (or a lot tired) from traveling to use the various devices they find in their hotel room. But you...