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Be honest: Have you ever taken something from your hotel room that belonged to the hotel, not to you?
(Those little toiletries in the bathroom don’t count; everybody takes those.)
According to a new Hotels.com survey, it’s fairly common for guests to steal things — usually things of seemingly nominal value, like stationery and slippers — when they check out. And some nationalities are more likely to do so than others.
The survey found travelers from Argentina were the most likely to do so, with 73 percent admitting to it. Singapore was second at 71 percent and Spain third at 70 percent. The U.S. made it into the top 10 nationalities, but just barely, with 53 percent of Americans admitting to the practice. Also in the top 10 were Germans, Irish, Russians, Mexicans, Italians and Japanese.
What are the most frequently pilfered items from hotels? Books (yes, even Bibles), framed art, cutlery, hot water kettles, batteries, light bulbs and linens.
Nationalities most likely to steal from hotel rooms:
- Argentina – 73%
- Singapore – 71%
- Spain – 70%
- Germany – 68%
- Ireland – 67%
- Russia – 59%
- Mexico – 59%
- Italy – 57%
- Japan – 56%
- USA – 53%
Americans are most likely to walk away with stationery, room keys and magazines or books from the hotel room.
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