A hotel room is a unique concept.
On one hand, it is an inherently temporary piece of property. A guest is exactly that--a guest. They stay for some interval of time and leave the room behind for another guest to occupy it again in the future.
And yet, there is a strange feeling of privacy and ownership felt by the guest throughout the stay. It's "their room" even if that's not exactly true.
Sometimes, that feeling of ownership goes pretty far. Some people get WAY too comfortable during their stay and make it their own in the absolute worst way possible.
"I didn't work there, but was in a hotel's conference room for a class to be an EMT (emergency medical technician, aka the people who work on ambulances). We're in the middle of class and hear a bunch of sirens."
"The instructors pause to wait for them to pass, but we realized they all came to the hotel. They all ran into the hallway to see if they could help with whatever emergency was happening, but it was mostly cops."
"Then we heard them say the room number of one of the instructors. All our heads turned to them like a scripted comedy movie and he looked an equal balance of confused and mortified."
"To avoid having to carry equipment in and out of the hotel every day, they'd been storing teaching equipment in the one instructor's room."
"Housekeeping had walked in and saw two bodies crumpled on the floor behind the bed and panicked, calling 911. They were the dummies used to teach CPR and intubation."
What Exactly Happened Here
"Semen covered tv with a teddy bear's head half ripped off" -- JazzlikeHour4
"Next time dont rent room to bears" -- Peterpumpkin_69
"I've seen similar. Abandoned and mutilated sex dolls too." -- dropthemasq
A Variety of Offenses
"It's a three way tie between the guests who wiped in the towels and rubbed it against the wall (then laughed at housekeeping when they came in for service)..."
"...the young lady who stuck her tampon on the wall and the blood acted as a glue and cemented it there..."
"...or the guest who left three week old milk in the refrigerator (but where only in for three days, so that milk was already 2 1/2 weeks old when they brought it in)"
"Although.... most of our guests don't do these kinds of things, luckily we usually have a good crowd. But when someone wants to be the outlier, they make it count."
A Laundry List
"My mother and sister work/worked in the same hotel since I was 8. I worked there for a few years, but I did laundry."
"There have been dead bodies, sh*t smeared, drugs and syringes (my sister had to get tested for AIDS and Hepatitis)."
"There's occasionally the guy who greets them at the door naked, and tells them to 'come right in.'"
"The occasional 'forgotten' wedding ring that ends up in lost and found until there's been no claim for six months, then the finder gets to claim it."
"Teenage sports teams can be disgusting beyond belief. Truckers are amazingly clean, friendly, and polite."
"I cleaned out a rental unit and among most of their furniture being infested with fleas and bedbugs, they tore out flooring, cut some wires to the bathroom, and left a mattress with a dark body shaped stain."
"The fridge was unplugged but still full, sat for a couple weeks while the eviction was being posted, and a bone-thin cat wandering around, desperate for any food/water."
"After our initial walk through we had to call police because we found drug paraphernalia, needles and pipes inside the couch."
"This wasn't a slum either, just an older neighborhood from the 70's in a decent suburb, but holy sh** are some people incapable of living civilized."
A Rented Terrarium
"Haven't worked in a hotel before, but when I rented a room one time I didn't realize that there was a small window opened, so when the night came around my room was absolutely FLOODED with mosquitoes and I'm talking hundreds of them."
"I tried to kill some, but I had to give up as they were crawling all over the ceiling and I didn't even make a dent in their population after 20 minutes of trying."
"I went to sleep with maybe 60 dead mosquitoes on the floor and like 80 splattered across the wall, never mind the hundreds upon hundreds still alive."
"I felt ashamed and so so bad for the cleaning lady that came in the next morning, but she got everything out. It was mad impressive."
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
"A filthy glass sex toy inside the rooms coffee pot. I showed it to one of the other girls."
"She removed it and cleaned it off and took it home with her. She said since it was made of glass it would be safe to use after being washed."
Whole Room to Himself
"A rabbit...just by himself. They left him behind." -- klag103144
"Guest was magician. Trick went wrong, turned self into rabbit." -- Stan_Achton
"Awww people are mean." -- Amie80
How Big We Talkin'?
"A gun under the mattress."
"A huge, I'm talking like GIGANTIC, black strap on."
"Someone had a meth lab in the bathroom, and were printing fake credit cards..."
"The interesting part is that I've never worked for like, a shi**y hotel. Two of them were a normal, nice Hyatt. The enormous sex toy was found at the luxury boutique property where I work now."
Tis the Season
"My [mother in law] said when she used to clean rooms, some hunter had butchered a turkey in the bathroom."
"Makes me wonder what kind of person would think something like that would be ok."
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One of the things I honestly miss the most about being a child is how blissfully unaware I was of just how filthy some places are. As a child I never got onto an airplane and wondered what that smell was. I don't recall a single time I walked into a hotel room, a friend's house, a restaurant, etc and ever contemplated how sanitary it was - or wasn't.
And then, somewhere along the lines, my innocent childhood blinders fell off and I could see everything. Everything. The sorts of things you can see when you gain germ-vision are just ... just ... whyyyyy?!
Reddit user Latterwatercress asked:
Some of these people absolutely did not need to be germophobes to be able to tell their rooms weren't cleaned. I'm not talking about one little bug or a layer of dust. You're about to enter an article full of bodily fluids, sh*t tons of literal sh*t, and at least one potential homicide. Honestly, we're all over here questioning whether any hotel room we stay in ever again will really be "clean."
Yup. Now we're traumatized. Our hats are off to you hotel workers who have to clean up after guests. Apparently the human animal is truly a horrific beast. (Some responses have been edited for clarity and language... especially the poop stories. Obviously.)