Does One Have Cart Blanche Taking Hotel Items?

What have you taken from the maid’s cart?

In response to this question, FlyerTalk members respond that they have taken everything from washcloths to soap to boxes of tissues to pens to mouthwash to lotion to rolls of toilet paper. One FlyerTalk member has even taken an iron and an ironing board, while another has taken rubber ducks!

However, some may regard the act of taking any items — no matter how insignificant the items may be, such as a small bar of soap — from the housekeeping cart as immoral or even stealing, with at least a couple of FlyerTalk members asking if it is so difficult to ask the person who is responsible for the cart for the desired items before taking them.

6 thoughts on “Does One Have Cart Blanche Taking Hotel Items?”

  1. Delboy says:

    One says “Carte Blanche” unless you’re considering nicking used items from the white laundry cart.

  2. Delboy says:

    One says “Carte Blanche” unless you’re considering nicking used items from the white laundry cart.

  3. travelingrd says:

    The only things I take are toiletries. Just shampoo, soap, etc and I donate them to my local homeless shelter. I don’t take toilet paper. I haven’t taken the box of tissues in years. I would never take something like towels or the iron!

    oh…I haven’t bought a pen in years because I always take the pen.

  4. travelingrd says:

    The only things I take are toiletries. Just shampoo, soap, etc and I donate them to my local homeless shelter. I don’t take toilet paper. I haven’t taken the box of tissues in years. I would never take something like towels or the iron!

    oh…I haven’t bought a pen in years because I always take the pen.

  5. Christine says:

    I’m glad you asked about this. I’ve felt strongly about the subject for years. As guests we don’t have a right to these items just because we pay for a night at the hotel. Aren’t “we” the same people who fuss and fume when rates increase and amenities disappear. When we, as consumers begin to understand that if we take items from a hotel (even to give them away to a charitable organization) we causing uneccesary expense to the hotel. The items are meant as a courtesy if we need them.

    Personally, I only use the items that I need and try to respect that, in the end, when I take an amenity item it is a cost the hotel has to absorb. Guests end up paying for that one way or another.

  6. Christine says:

    I’m glad you asked about this. I’ve felt strongly about the subject for years. As guests we don’t have a right to these items just because we pay for a night at the hotel. Aren’t “we” the same people who fuss and fume when rates increase and amenities disappear. When we, as consumers begin to understand that if we take items from a hotel (even to give them away to a charitable organization) we causing uneccesary expense to the hotel. The items are meant as a courtesy if we need them.

    Personally, I only use the items that I need and try to respect that, in the end, when I take an amenity item it is a cost the hotel has to absorb. Guests end up paying for that one way or another.

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