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Old 02-11-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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http://www.insideedition.com/news.aspx?storyID=1276

This story grossed me out.

In a nutshell, police are breaking up meth labs in motel and hotel rooms. The residue is still evident on headboards and walls three years after a bust.

First off, that means they haven't cleaned the headboards.

Second, our families breathe this stuff!
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http://www.insideedition.com/news.aspx?storyID=1276

This story grossed me out.

In a nutshell, police are breaking up meth labs in motel and hotel rooms. The residue is still evident on headboards and walls three years after a bust.

First off, that means they haven't cleaned the headboards.

Second, our families breathe this stuff!
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:30 PM   #3
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Yikes! So thankful for our coach!

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Old 02-12-2008, 07:09 AM   #4
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Yep,its easier then digging in a bag to find everything and wondering if you packed it. If my motorhome is a little dirty at least I know its my dirt.

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This morning there was a story on Good Morning America that showed hotel housekeepers cleaning up the bathroom with the used towels.

The last thing that they did was to rinse out the drinking glasses and wipe them out with the same towel.
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It has been several years back that I stayed at a major chain hotel and had a dirty room. The biggest problem was when I turned back the bed. It was obvious that the bed had been used and remade. There were hair and cracker crumbs in the bed between the sheets.

I called to the front deskand ask for someone to come remake the bed or get me into a room that had been cleaned. They were full and no rooms and no one to remake the bed. I left it with the night manager that if they did not have me clean bedding and towels, I was tossing the whole lot into the pool which my room over looked. As he came up the stairs, I had just finished dragging the whole lot on the walkway and was getting ready to do the heave-ho.

Since then, I have left the hotel for another one and refused to pay for a room. If enough peolpe wold pitch a major hissy over the rooms, they would probably do a better job.

So I prefer to do my sleeping in my RV in my bed.

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But Ken, think of that stuff on the bed is only the dirt and grime you see. What about all the stuff that's invisible to the naked eye?

Being a nurse, I just imagine little drops of blood, urine, and other stuff all over the place.

How many times do they wash the drapes, bedspreads, blankets, and carpets? Not enough for me!
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I travel a lot in my job, and have had to stay in rooms with spare tires (Orlanda,Fla) Bullet holes in windows (Cleveland Tn) Ants crawling up the exposed plumbing in the shower (Bamburg SC) Toolboxes left under the bed (Augusta GA)(yeah, these were not exactly five star hotels)(At least now I'm a cheif instead of an indian, and I don't have to stay in those cheap hotels anymore) Ahh,the good ol' days!
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We stayed at a Days Inn at Cocoa Beach,FL.a few years ago that still gives me the shudders! We checked in,left our luggage then went to sight see.We did notice there was a large chunk broken out of the vanity surrounding the bathroom sink but figured it must have gotten broken during spring break and they hadn't had time to repair it.When we got back to the room we noticed very large black bugs crawling across the ceiling then Tom pointed out the large blood splatters on the ceiling over the sink and thats when I hit the door.No telling what would have come out after the lights went out! We high tailed it back up to St Ausustine and spend the night in a familiar motel up there.I called the Days Inn head office and was told they were "locally owned" so not much they could do! After that we would never even consider a Days Inn! No,I don't miss those days a bit!

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There are horror stories about hotel/motels out there galore! And, just because you stay at an "expensive" one doesn't guarentee that your room will be neat and clean. I, too, have stayed at some that would scare the heebeejeebees outta ya. But, here's the flip side that I just have to insert. There really are clean, nice motels out there. I happen to work for one in Branson. It's a small, family-owned "budget" motel. The family actually owns 4 of them in town. They do no advertising...all of their business is repeat, word of mouth, or chance walk-in. Any problems found by a guest are dealt with immediately. I can't recall how many times I've clocked off, only to go into the office to discover a problem, clock back on and take care of it. If it's after hours, then the guest is always moved to another room. We also encourage our guests to check out the room before they rent it. Your best bet on renting a room, if necessary, is to get recommendations from some one, even another guest in the parking lot.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not pushing motels. I wouldn't have joined this gang if I was. I, too, would rather sleep in my own bed, not someone else's. One of the things that I'm really excited about with our Travel Trailer is simply that I hate carrying suitcases in and out of rooms! I just wanted to show the other side of the fence on this issue.
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Look at this. This is what I saw befour.

Pay real attention around the 3 1/2 min mark.

L@@K

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Tugboat,

Good film. My wife actually witnessed the "cleaning" of our Embassy Suites room in the manner shown - no hidden camera necessary! If you must use a hotel/motel, make sure one of your traveling companions is a very big can of Lysol. The question that runs through my mind is: if their rooms that you can see are this way, how are their kitchens that you cannot see? Also, where are the inspectors from the local health department??

The RV industry should give awards to the hotel/motel industry thanking them for their unsanitary rooms & the airlines for their poor service and even worst attitude. These two along with the desire to take you pets have sold a lot of RVs, including ours.

AuntSmurf,

Yes, there can be some clean, well cared for rooms. It appears to be the exception rather than the rule in this day and time. You can really be proud of the one you work for. Question: if you don't advertise, how am I going to find out about you when I'm trying to book my trip to Branson on-line from Florida? The average traveler has to use the major chains.

diandtom,

That "it's locally owned so they can't do anything" is just plain "bull". It's their franchise that they are happily taking money for it and it's their name & reputation that is being ruined, they can make the "locally owned" clean up their act or pull the franchise. They just don't want to be bothered. What they seem to overlook is that you the customer cannot tell the difference between a "locally owned" and a "company owned" motel, so you're going to stay away from all of them.
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Find somebody to buy our house and we'll be on the road like you are. Can I ask how to find that beautiful waterfall?
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