People are gross. That's something you learn very quickly whenever you work a public-facing job, especially in the hospitality industry.

I recently stayed in a low-end hotel with lovely staff. I was comfortable and slept well. I made friends with the manager and I hung out in the lobby while she told me stories about some of the nasty people with nasty habits who'd come and go. Safe to say she'd seen a lot of gross things in hotel rooms in her day.

People shared their stories after Redditor ThorBjorn asked the online community,

"What's the worst thing you've seen in a room after someone has checked out?"

"A blonde wig..."

"A blond wig filled with poo, hidden on the top of the wardrobe."


I was wondering where I left that, sorry!

"I was

"I was on a business trip to Lansing, MI several years ago, maybe back in 2005 or so. I walked into my hotel room and a dark splotch on the wall caught my attention. It turned out to be black mold that crept into the bathroom ceiling. I stood under it for a moment stunned by it. When I turned and looked at the bed, the comforter was covered in blood."

"The blood was dried and set in on the comforter. It looked like nobody had been in the hotel room since someone was murdered on the bed - this is what it looked like. I have no idea. Looking closer, there was dried blood on the carpet and splattered on the wall."

"I took my things and went back to the check in desk and told them there was something very wrong, told them about the mold and the dried blood everywhere. They told me they didn't have any other rooms and didn't seem concerned about the dried blood."

"Roomless, I was sitting there in their lobby at 10PM not sure what to do since I had nowhere to stay. But that was a lot of blood. The longer I sat there the longer I realized something was seriously very f**ked up. So I called the cops and reported it. The police showed up in minutes."

"They got access to the room. The desk staff glared at me as if I had committed some sort of terrible affront to decency the entire time. I was asked to give a statement, which I did."

"Having done my part, I was outside trying to find other hotels to call to check for availability. Call after call, booked hotel after booked hotel. A woman eventually walked over to me and started chatting me up. The short of it is that she was a sex worker and offered to take me in and show me "a good time until the sun rises."

"I wound up going back to the airport and flying home after all of that."


This story took me on a journey.

An actual journey.

"There was a larger lady..."

"There was a larger lady in the room. When she checked out she told the front desk she made a mess in the room and she apologized, I was the housekeeping manager. When we went into the room I’ve never seen so much s*it in my life."

"It was on the bed, all over the floor, on the bathroom counter, all over the toilet, on the walls, and everywhere in the shower. Me and the housekeeper both start gagging so bad. She told me I could write her up if I wanted to but she wasn’t cleaning it."

"Ended up having to call one of those biohazard companies in."


When the biohazard unit gets involved, you know it's serious.

"This one guy had checked out super suddenly and it baffled us as he had paid for a week or so. The housekeeper went up there and immediately called me to come up to the room. We found several POUNDS of shrooms and whippet cannisters."

"But more interesting was that this man had taken EVERYTHING in the room and crafted a pyramid in the center of it straight to the roof. The only thing holding it together was pure tension. Anything that wasn’t bolted down was in there. Pretty impressive honestly."


Sounds like he was on quite the trip and then frightened himself!

"He was on the last little..."

"A dead guy. He was on the last little bit of life he had left. Turns out he had some horrible blood cancer or something and he decided to go on vacation."


This is so sad. Sorry you had to witness that.


"Tore the flimsy towel rack apart and made a pipe out of it by stuffing wool or something."


I feel like we have to respect the ingenuity at least... but cleaning that up does not sound fun.

"Feces floor to ceiling..."

"Feces floor to ceiling and a number of $10,000 bill bands. I still don't know how to make heads or tails of it."


You lost me at "feces floor to ceiling."

I don't ever want to see that.

"Room perfectly ok..."

"Room perfectly ok except for a condom stuffed with s*it on the bed. Why? And how?"


Do you really want to know the answer to that question?

"One of our night maintenance guys got called up to a room to find he was supposed to help a guy who had got a Perrier bottle stuck on his penis. He did not help."


Don't want to know how they did that. Noooope. Sounds painful.

If these stories put you off of working in hotels forever, we understand. The hospitality industry in general? Yeah, we get that, too. It's not easy.

Have some stories of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!

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