Embarking on the eat, pray, and love journey is the fuel to our sustenance. Beach vacay hashtags or the call of mountains is quite difficult to resist, maybe as difficult as resisting to pack the fluffy hotel bathrobe as our own!
The otherwise not so heinous moral crime, can be laughed away over a few margarita’s, but what befuddles psychologists is that, are stealing from hotels a mere cheap thrill or perhaps something darker?
As many leading psychologists’ would consider for some people, there is a rush of naughtiness, a sense of taboo, and for some, it is purely a mentality of hoarding free stuff over morality.
We have all been integrated into the habit of ‘store-room keeping.’ Now, what exactly is this? It is the process where your parents safe keeps even broken mugs and lampshades as if those are the Kohinoor! YES, it begins from preserving your old broken toys to keeping them big boy toys.
The psyche alludes to a state of our economic standpoint, where we consider those things as our own. Small bottles of shampoos, soaps, teabags, slippers, mugs, sample colognes, the choice-berth is as wide as the moral compass.
Some nick the items for purely ‘sentimental reasons ’cause who doesn’t want to see a branded wineglass of Four Seasons adorning their dinner table?! Furthermore, treating the items as a souvenir is equally common among folks!
Martha Chabinsky, a 58-year-old yoga teacher from New Hampshire, confesses she took a silver monogrammed teaspoon from Boston’s venerable Locke-Ober restaurant on her wedding night. “It’s a nice reminder,” she said.
However, the statutory warning must follow–for crossing the thin line of thrill may end up placing you behind bars! And we are not talking about cosmopolitans and tequila shots but rather some pretty grunge mugshots!
One hotelier described how a customer requested a room near the car park as they had a small pickup truck that they wanted to be able to see from their place. However, the following morning when the maids went to clean the room, the entire contents of the room had vanished.
To combat this on-going and expensive problem, some hotels have over the years had towel amnesty day to ask people to return items to the hotels. One major hotel chain even offered a 15% discount on a night’s stay if guests sent stolen items back. Who says that crime doesn’t pay?