Do you have to pay for whatever you "grab" at the hotel? Or is it meant to be like an open buffet where people take extra for later? Well, some people surprisingly expect that they can grab snacks, or more accurately steal hotel snacks without paying anything, just like the case highlighted by one Holiday Inn worker who calls out customers who think they're being slick with the hotel snacks.
Complimentary Gems of Hotel Stays
When staying at a hotel, guests are often delighted to discover various complimentary amenities in their room, including water bottles, travel-sized toiletries, and sometimes even champagne.
Snack-Snatching Guests at Hotels
While it's not uncommon for guests to take certain items as souvenirs, there are instances where certain guests take it a step further and actually steal snacks while they're staying at the hotel.
Calling Out Hotel Thieves
In a short TikTok clip, Jake Ryan (@thinkjakeryan) is calling out those hotel guests who think they can get away with sneaky moves when it comes to the snacks, and he's not holding back — labeling their behavior as downright "disgusting."
Hotel Justice Served
In the video, you can see Jake wearing a Holiday Inn name tag as he stands behind a desk, casting his judgmental gaze at the imaginary guests who steal hotel snacks.
Caught in the Act
The onscreen caption reads, “POV: You see a guest steal 4 sodas 6 candy bars 2 cup noodles and a bag of chips and put it in their pants,” while Ryan mouths the words “I saw that disgusting perv.rt. That's absolutely unacceptable” along with a popular TikTok sound.
Steal Now, Suffer Later
The caption beneath the video serves as a cautionary message to those hotel guests who might try to sneak snacks, stating, “And I'm charging that 22$ to your room 413.”
Hotel Workers Speak Up
The comments section of the video was buzzing with interesting responses from viewers, especially from fellow hotel workers who can totally relate to the situation. One person humorously wrote, “Lol that’s $42 at my hotel,” seemingly joining in on calling out hotels that mark up snack prices.
Another comment highlights the aftermath of the snack charges, saying, “And then later they’re mad when they find out it went on the room and they’re not getting that incidental fee back.”
Room Number Mix-ups
According to a commenter, there are instances where guests allegedly request charges to be placed on the wrong room number.
Adding to the discussion, a viewer wrote, “Now I’m adding that to your room and adding a lil sumn for me too.”
Outrageous Snack Prices
Another comment highlighted the exorbitant prices, stating, “A bag of cheeze its be like $10 , gatorade be $8 dont get started on the tv dinners.”
Expressing disbelief, Jake the creator wrote back, saying, “Wait omg y’all have tv dinners ?????”
Playing Hide and Seek
Joining the conversation, a viewer commented with a touch of humor, writing, “Thinking ion see them on that camera imma do a room charger don’t worry.”
Oops, I Stole
It seems that some people unintentionally become thieves without even realizing it. One commenter jokingly remarked, “Steal? That stuff not free? Lmfao.”
Surprising Hotel Expenses Beyond Snack Theft
TripSavvy, a popular travel website, points out that hotels have a range of hidden costs, regardless of whether you have any intention of sneaking snacks from the lobby. Besides the well-known mini bar charges, there are additional expenses to watch out for, such as towel replacement fees.
Potential Price Increase
While snatching food might be a common practice, a TripAdvisor user pointed out that engaging in such behavior could ultimately drive up hotel prices.
Extended Hotel Stays
In addition to attempting to enjoy hotel snacks without paying, some individuals take it a step further and explore the possibility of staying in the hotel itself for free. Many people have their own unique reasons for considering a long-term hotel stay.
For example, those involved in temporary projects tied to specific locations often find hotels to be a more suitable option than seeking a long-term rental. Others just appreciate the comfort and convenience that hotels provide, such as frequent cleaning services, access to amenities like a gym and pool, and more.
Tempting Free Stay
Among the hotel stories shared on Jake's TikTok page is one about guests who managed to stay for four weeks without paying. Thankfully, though, their behavior didn't include any attempts to snatch hotel snacks.
The comments indicate that this behavior is surprisingly common, going by the reactions and responses from viewers. “Lmaoooo I remember this happened and the guest owes us 1300 dollars now, he dodged us so quickly and never came back to make a payment,” one person recalled.
Tips for a Prolonged Hotel Stay
Other viewers joined the discussion, offering their take on how a guest could stretch their hotel stay for four weeks without being shown the door.
One commenter provided some insight, writing, “For those asking how it’s possible. if you have been staying at a room for a long time, depending on what hotel they usually are a bit lenient with payments, but once it gets over a certain amount, they will lock you outta your room until you pay.”
At the end of the day, as tempting as it may be to indulge in complimentary hotel goodies or even attempt a free stay, let's not forget the cautionary tale shared by Jake's video. Your every move is under surveillance during your hotel stay, more than you may realize.
So, before you decide to bend or break the rules, just remember that you may eventually have to face the consequences and pay for the mess you leave behind. It's better to enjoy your stay with peace of mind and leave the hotel without unwelcome surprises waiting for you!
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