Keep It Or Rip It Out?

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An older couple just checked out. They stayed on a gift certificate, were very happy and left a $20 tip. As we always do, we went to the room journal to see if they wrote anything.

Here's what they wrote....my question is, should I leave it or rip it out? We get some very religious/spiritual guests and also a lot of younger/sheltered ones.

(Sometime after Sept 9, 2012) - About 2:30-3am I was woke up by a dramatic thunder and lightening storm. During one of the flashes I saw a man standing on our patio. He was about 23-30 years old, 6' tall and dressed all in black. He was looking back at me with a slight but erie smile. He was holding an axe with both hands at chest level. I was concerned but on the next flash of lightening he was gone. In the morning I went out to the patio and on top of the patio table was the bloddy head of a freshly killed cow. Further out in the yard, near the hammock, I found a bloody axe. For breakfast we had a unique meal of scrambled brains, liver , heart and tongue. Somehow it all fit! Farewell and sleep tight!

Aaron

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I say RIP IT OUT!!! Why would you want it. ugh

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Way too weird....get the knife and ....cut it out. surprise It wouldn't bother me but I know plenty of folks who would pack up and leave if they read this in a strange place.

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We had guests ask for a different room after they read a joking comment about a ghost in the room. Had they asked in the morning, right away, it wouldn't have been so much of a big deal but they asked late in the day after all the cleaning had been done and walk-ins wanting a bigger room had been turned away. It was annoying to say the least.

Joking comment gone the next day. What's the sense in losing business over a joke?

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It is always good to keep in mind that lots of guests do not see humor in any comment that has anything to do with their accommodations.  In fact, people are swayed by everything they read, both good and bad.  So the more good things they read the more likely they are be positive about their experiences and the more negatives comments they read or hear, the more pessimistic they tend to be.  It's no different in any business.

Case in point.....the current political climate.   Enough said.blush

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It's just too weird.  I think most guests would be freaked out or something.  Whether it was tongue in cheek or not, it's just too odd for other folks to find. Take it out!

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oh, too bad ... i think it's pretty neat.  creepy, weird, yes ... but that is me! 

 since you're going to take it out, why not copy the page (front and back?) and then edit out ... scan it or whatever ... white out that section ... and then put the comments that you like back in the book.

good reason to have a loose leaf binder.

i would save the original ... give it to the one who wants to keep it.

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Now if only that were dated Oct. 31, then it would be fine to leave it in.... a good laugh. 

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We could add this as a new amenity in that room:

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Glad you're getting rid of it. It belongs in a library, not in a guest room where a lot of people just won't get it. Not sure I get it.

Also, that room now needs an exorcism. Eye-wink

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Thanks for your input. I wanted to rip it out and DH wanted to leave it in. I'm going to rip it out. Too weird, don't want to put any ideas into guests heads and since we're located in a rural area, some city slickers are a little unnerved anyway with the isolation and quiet, so out it goes!

Unfortunately, the guy started on a page where guests wrote some lovely sentiments. I may just rewrite their entry myself on a clean page.

 

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Usually I'd be with DH, but over the years I have found humor and irony generally lacking, and this one is too weird for most people.  Like it or not, the lowest common denominator for guests is a very literal-minded person.  Have to dial it way back.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Thanks for your input. I wanted to rip it out and DH wanted to leave it in. I'm going to rip it out. Too weird, don't want to put any ideas into guests heads and since we're located in a rural area, some city slickers are a little unnerved anyway with the isolation and quiet, so out it goes!

Unfortunately, the guy started on a page where guests wrote some lovely sentiments. I may just rewrite their entry myself on a clean page.

 

Why go to all that trouble, just put a big BLOOD SPLAT on the page...

(Sorry but ya know in rural areas there is an issue with "the occult" out in the woods...I went with the sheriff's dept in San Diego County once...I won't go into details. But that is the first thing I thought of when I read that!)

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That would totally freak me out! Definitely take it out.

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 I would leave it in!

and i would put a comment underneath ( in a dark, colored pen)  about  how creative the previous guestwriters were .... with a ps that we never serve brains, liver, heart or tongue! 

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see, when you put a book in a room for guests to write in ... you never know what they are going to say. 

 

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Tear it out. What a stupid thing to write.

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Which now means I have to go read all the room journals.

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I would also take it out - what a jackass thing to say.

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A couple of options...tear it out, it is too weird.

If you could figure out a way to make it funny by adding something of your own, that might work.

Naw. It's too weird. Take it out.

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But hey it is a story worth sharing. Another story. For all the pita batons, we need a "odd guest story" baton too!

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NO WAY! I just got goose bumps reading that HERE ON THE FORUM!

I would want to change rooms if I read that, so that is my vote.

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Tear it out.... Future guests don't need to read that.

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Is your journal one of those "add to the storyline" journals?

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Harborfields wrote:

Is your journal one of those "add to the storyline" journals?

No, not at all. Most folks write from their heart about their stay and the area. I really don't know what this guy was thinking!!!

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RIP it out. That would freak the hell out of me if I read it in the journal.

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