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Hotels and Hassles

Joan383 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 8:56 AM
You said a mouthful, Dr. Sowell. Of coure, I'm assuming you didn't have to go back to the front desk 2 or 3 times to get one of those electronic key cards to work, before you had to deal with the nonsense INSIDE the room. Happy Thanksgiving, Sir! I'm grateful for your fertile mind and that you are willing to share your insights. I learn so much from you!!!
tkdblk Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 6:53 PM
Ah, my hotel solved that problem, they gave me 3 cards to begin with. One worked. See how simple life can be?
scrow Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 10:03 AM
On the other hand, working in the hotel industry (at a relatively low-end job, so I've got no interest in defending them), guests treat their hotel key cards like garbage. "No you can't bend the card in half and expect it to work." "No you can't carry it next to your cell phone for 10 hours and expect it to work when youi come back in at 2 a.m." "If it doesn't work the first time, please make sure you closed the door tightly and put the key right-side up."

I had one guy, claimed he was an experienced traveler, he came down to the front desk and said, "Oh, I've stayed at a lot of hotels. This key doesn't work. You messed up." I walked up to his room, used the same key, and got it to work with minimal effort. Silence reigned.

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...