"Do Not Disturb" - always a bad sign

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Guest had the do not disturb sign up for three days.   They were leaving very early this morning (5 AM) so we took some coffee cake, yogurt and juices up to their room with a note to say goodbye.

As you have already guessed, the room was a disaster.  Pizza boxes, other garbage and trash.   Half full wine glasses (on the coaster thank goodness!)   Towels on the floors, refrigerator full of leftovers and booze.

(For the record, when I travel, my refrigerator is generally full of booze too.)

Anyway, beware the "do not disturb" sign.   (Hubby has not gone up there yet, so we don't know if they straightened or tipped.)

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I just saw that New York Magazine reports that the Las Vegas murderer had the “Do Not Disturb” sign on his door for three days before the shooting and no housekeepers entered.

Anthony Melchiorri just posted this:

[My policy is,] DND is only allowed for 12 hours and then we check. I'm not inclined to believe they didn't check for three days... nonetheless 12 hours should be standard.

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Just ducky. So the next time I go away for a writing weekend, someone is going to be hounding me every 12 hours?

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Morticia wrote:

Just ducky. So the next time I go away for a writing weekend, someone is going to be hounding me every 12 hours?

Not if you stay at my place Eye-wink

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Arks wrote:

Morticia wrote:

Just ducky. So the next time I go away for a writing weekend, someone is going to be hounding me every 12 hours?

Not if you stay at my place Eye-wink

Thanks. 

Thing is, with the nutter in Vegas, they knew him. We don't bother known guests, either. They know what they want to do here, they go and do it. If they don't want their room cleaned, ok. We know they're not going to trash the room. Surveillance? Ok, we would probably notice that.

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Morticia wrote:
 

We don't bother known guests, either. 

I can see the logic of a large property wanting staff to check on guests, but not so much in the tiny place where the owner is chief cook and bottle washer and interacts with guests on a personal level

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JimBoone wrote:

I can see the logic of a large property wanting staff to check on guests, but not so much in the tiny place where the owner is chief cook and bottle washer and interacts with guests on a personal level

I'd say that's the right answer. Melchiorri would be talking mainly about large "impersonal" hotels, not a B&B.

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creepy.

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we have do not disturb but it doesn't stop me from double checking when they go out they havn't broken anything.

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   Get rid of that sign!  wink  

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I don't offer.  I just go in.  Trash and towels plus sink and shower clean everyday.  No push back so far.......

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Ditto, Anon  Inn!

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We don't have them either, for at least 7 years. We go in no matter, saying Health Department requires us to empty trash, etc, daily. Never any push back. Results in Peace of Mind.

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I like that health Dept line! If we know the guests, ok. If we don't, we need to verify the room is in one piece.

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Even our oldie but goodies who say you don't have to do anything, because they're being nice, I just say "no worries" the mom(ma) in me wants you to come back to a relaxing tidy space.

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Update:  They cleaned up a little.   Left a full trash can, used wine glasses and a few things in the refrigerator.   And no tip.

And they were a couple in their 30's. 

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We don't have them. When guests tell us that their room doesn't need anything, we tell them that we will just go in for the trash and towels.

I'm scared every time they push back. Usually it means they have broken something.

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Yes, we always brace ourselves when we go into a room where the guests have ensconced themselves for days on in, saying "no thank you" each morning when we offer a room refresh. We usually find what you did. Oh, and no tip for housekeeping either. 

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