i am new to this forum and was enjoying reading the responses which JBJ now deleted. i do not understand why you find it offensive for them to ask you about the policies you posted on this forum? i wanted to know about the alcohol thing too but have not been ready to post much yet, i am too busy reading all this stuff. too bad you lost your temper. we could all have learned something here. i am new and not put off by others here. please continue answering..
I intentionally posted in this forum as a way of expressing to newer inkeepers some of my experiences in developing a good B&B. If it came of as "this is the way" to run a B&B then I apologize, but in re-reading my original it was "MY" input of "my" experience and why "I implemented" such policies. In as far as my fee for early arrival or late departure, I added that because it reduced "MY" occurances of early arrivers. I'd rather be premetive than face them at 12 noon and say no.
Now in as far as keeping record of guest information, depending on your state requirements, many states require a business to keep all transactional records for 7 years - rediculous as this sounds, but it is for audit reasons. And a B&B in still afterall a business in the background guided by the rules and regulations of their locations.
What I might have ran into in this forum is a mixture of hobbist inkeepers, which is fine, NO insult in that comment, but I run mine as my sole bread and butter, this is my living. My comments were on a business level, keeping record, policies, etc. If a newbie walks into this thinking it's fun and games, then they would be sadly mistaken. An in closing, I would never want to do anything else, I truly enjoy running a B&B, but I run "mine" strictly by all the rules of my particular state