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Pranksters Reveal The Items They Would Leave In Their Hotel Room To Baffle The Staff

Working in a hotel, most clerks and housekeepers have probably seen it all. To shock them, you'd have to come up with something pretty creative.

Reddit user TheRedditLifeChoseMe asked "What items would you leave in a hotel room if your goal was to totally confuse the staff?"

Here are the amusing responses.

Chicken of the Sea

Two half eaten cans of tuna and hand written instructions on making tuna fish sandwiches.

Nicolas Kim Coppola

A 3D printed sculpture of Nicolas Cage's head in the middle of the room.

White Powder

A bag of flour with drugs written on it.

It's Complicated

A pogostick mounted upside down on the ceiling. Underneath it is an empty bucket of mayonnaise. Around the bucket will be rose petals and a thank you card that reads:

"You were the best I've ever had."

The bathroom will of course be locked from the inside and a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door knob. All of this will be after I climb out the window having never checked out.

I would essentially have disappeared to the best of my ability. One year later, I will send my twin brother (yep, there's really a spare me just lying around) to the hotel to meet me. I would have to keep him and the police investigation separate until then.

When he arrives, he'll ask hotel staff if they've seen me. Of course the police will be curious why I'm apparently asking after myself. During the interrogation, a UPS package will arrive containing a HeHateMe jersey and the very last Pepsi Blue in existence. A letter inside the package will explain that I had discovered a wormhole inside the mayonnaise bucket and they needed the Pepsi Blue and HeHateMe jersey to perform the ritual to bring me back, which is detailed in the UPS package.

When they perform the ritual, I will jump naked from the trash bin in the hotel lobby, where I have been living the entire past year.

I think this will sufficiently confuse everyone involved.

Dust to Dust

I would lay my clothes and shoes out on the floor in the shape they would be if I were wearing them.

Then, I would get a bunch of sand and use it to make it seem like I turned into dust and that was all that was left of me.

Two Bits

A quarter super-glued to the floor.

John Deere

A lawnmower.

Imagine it. You work as housekeeping at a hotel. Your manager notifies you that room 204 has checked out, and to go clean it. Basic stuff. You open the door and there in the middle of the room is a lawnmower. Why is it there? How did they get it there without anybody noticing? What the hell are you supposed to do with it? Should you alert management? Should they call the guest to tell them they left their lawnmower in their room? It's a common item, but one that has no place in a hotel room in any fathomable situation. You can't tell me the staff won't be scratching their heads over that.

Room Swap

Strip out the room and redo it in the style and furniture of another hotel chain, including leaving one of their room keys on the table.

Did Not Disturb

My wife worked for hotels. She said once a guy stayed in a hotel for a week. Was there every night and never touched anything. Not the soap, the cups, bed... everything was as it was placed by housekeeping when he left.

Hot Tomato

A single ripe tomato sitting on a pillow in the middle of the bathtub.

There's just no logical way to rationalize this out of context.

Remote Possibilities

A remote control for a TV they don't have.

Elder Scrolls

Hand written and bound copy of the Lusty Argonian Maid.

The Classics Work Best

Just the usual chalk outline of a corpse.

Toyland

I actually used to work in housekeeping. There was this one duffel bag that was left under one of the beds by a guest. The bag was black, with Mickey Mouse's face on it. The inside, was stuffed completely full of every type of adult toy you could imagine. Not overly confusing, but hilarious.

B-A-N-A-N-A-S

A single peeled banana, left in the exact middle of the bed, with the peel nowhere in sight.

Unflappable

At an anime con once, I brought a body pillow featuring a mostly nude drawing of a video game man. The housekeeper tucked him comfortably into bed. I'm not sure there's anything you CAN do to confuse them.

Snacks

A small cooler, labeled "Human organs for transplant."

Leave it on the table with a dirty plate and silverware.

Final Resting Place

An urn filled with ashes (real or fake) left on the nightstand with a note that said that this was my fathers favorite room and it was his last wish to have his ashes in the room forever.

Photo Finish

Hang a picture of one of the staff workers on the wall, framed and everything.

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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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