irongate, i was thinking the same thing. i used to take walk-ins, but i never just let them wander about the place unescorted. either they checked in, paid, and were given a key or they left. very odd story.
the other thing is, guests would often go out for the day and leave their rooms unlocked. as a guest in a b&b, i locked my room when i went out..
There are B&B's who do not have guest room locks when the guests leave for the day, some on this forum. So anyone from "the outside" could go into other guest rooms. Which is why we don't want those from "outside" wandering around.
Funny how the comments here are suspect of the innkeepers, I find that strange. I don't lock my quarters when I check in guests, I close the door. I only lock them when i go to sleep or am out of the house.
I also, never have any cash, so this person would never find any. LOL!
Many inns have check in desks as you enter, all it takes if the innkeeper to answer a call and walk away for any person to get into anything they want, or excuse themselves to use the restroom.
In any event, this is posted as a warning, we have people IN OUR HOMES, we sometimes forget we do not really know them. AND this is not a registered guest, that was the main point, allowing someone in off the street is more a danger to security, than our registered guests.