Yes, RHU, you know me. I had the Wolf in the hall video ready to post! As you know we are fond of videos where animals are running loose! I was literally hours away from posting the hallway wolf when Jimmy announced he had once again pranked the media. I think it's hilarious how pretty much ALL of America's news outlets devoured the Twitter feed video prank!
US Olympic luger Kate Hansen tweeted a video that showed a wolf wandering the hallways of her dorm in Sochi. Within minutes almost every news and sports website ran a story on it. The thing is, it was all a prank we orchestrated with Kate as Jimmy's co-conspirator. Jimmy reveals the rest of the wolf clip and talks to Kate about their prank.
Reddit: I work at a Hotel - found this in one of the bibles in our rooms.
From Huff Po:
Johnny Quinn needed to rely on his training in order to solve yet another Sochi problem. The 30-year-old member of the U.S. boblsed team found himself stuck in the bathroom of his room in the Olympic village on Saturday in Sochi.
From Huff Po:
All you want to do is kick off your shoes and relax when you arrive in your hotel room. But before you flop down on the bed, make time to do these eight simple things before anything else. Your health and safety may depend on it.
Check for Bedbugs
Scrutinize your mattress, bed frame, and headboard -- you're looking for small brown stains. Bedbugs are hard to see (they hide during the day and can run away quickly when disturbed), but they leave behind brown bloodstains when they process the blood of their victims. Be sure to check under the sheets and mattress pad, too.
Your room may look clean, but that doesn't mean it's sanitary. Hotel cleaners may scrub the bathroom, but do they take the time to wipe down common safe houses for germs, such as remote controls, light switches, and doorknobs? Give these items a quick cleaning with an antibacterial wipe to stay healthy during your visit.
Check Hiding Spots
Before letting your guard down in your locked hotel room, check these hiding spots to make sure you really are alone: under the bed, in the closet, and in the shower. An intruder could have slipped in before you and could be lying in wait -- or something more gruesome. You think I'm being alarmist? Maybe, but Snopes lists a number of actual incidents in which guests checked in to a hotel, complained about a horrible odor in their room, and later discovered a human body hidden under the bed or mattress. They had literally been sleeping on top of a corpse. Now who's the alarmist?
Make Sure Temperature Controls Work
Your room temperature may seem fine now, but it could become unbearably hot or cold once you're trying to sleep. If you wait until nighttime to discover that your climate controls don't work, you may be stuck if there's no maintenance staff on call to fix the problem and no vacant room for you to switch to.
Remove the Comforter
Sheets and pillowcases: easy to wash. Bedspreads? Not so much. So some hotels just... don't. Even between guests. According to Reneta McCarthy, a former housekeeping manager for a major American hotel chain, it is possible that a hotel bedspread might only be changed four times a year. And you're not even safe with a duvet that has a removable cover: McCarthy says that if there is a top sheet between the duvet and the bed, the cover might not be washed between guests. So before you get into bed, take off the dirty bedspread!
Unplug or Reset the Alarm Clock
An absent-minded or mean-spirited guest may have set the bedside alarm clock for 4:00 a.m. Make sure the alarm has been turned off when you arrive in your room, lest you be awoken or startled by an unexpected noise. Unfamiliar clocks may be tough to figure out, so if you have a cell phone, you can use that as an alarm clock instead. In that case, just unplug the bedside clock completely.
Put the 'Do Not Disturb' Sign on the Door
Unless you want housekeeping or a turndown service barging in on you unexpectedly, put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door as you enter. Just remember to take it off the doorknob in the morning if you want your room cleaned.
Study the Fire Escape Map
It's unlikely that you'll ever need it, but you need to have a plan for how you will get out of the hotel in the case of an emergency. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the fire escape route from your room -- it could save your life.
--By Caroline Morse
Snoop Dogg took the meaning of hotbox to a whole new level Thursday night ... when he smoked out his Australian hotel room so intensely, firefighters RACED to the scene thinking there was a real fire!
Here's what went down ... cops say "smoke from an unidentified source" triggered a fire alarm around 10am ... and firefighters who happened to be in the hotel rushed up to the scene to investigate the situation.
But when they got to the room, the firefighters quickly realized there was no fire ... just a ton of smoke (duh, it's Snoop) ... though officials won't say if weed was involved.
Once the situation calmed down, Snoop actually took some Instagram pics with the responders ... and talked about how he always wanted to be a firefighter.
He does enjoy getting blazed.
Pardon the length, but one of the reasons I enjoy this 2nd job is because it affords me the chance to truly treat horrible customers/guests EXACTLY the way they treat those of us in this industry, with no blow back from management. For example, I was commenting in another thread about how I was here at the hotel, with nothing to do. Be careful what you say aloud.
Me - Thank you for calling _____ Inn, This is RHUer. How can I help you?
Guest - Hi, my daughter called earlier trying to see if she could change her reservation to arrive tomorrow instead of today, since she's having car trouble.
Me - Yes mam, it was me that she talked to. I can't waive the charge since it's past the cutoff point to cancel or change reservations for her arrival today, however, since she went through a 3rd party booking service, maybe they'd be able to refund or credit her.
Guest - We did try to do that, but every number that is given on the website or google tells us that it's a non-working number and directs us to another number that states to call between certain times. Since you do business with them, can't you just refund her money and change her arrival date?
(ok, basically this girl didn't get what she wanted so mommy decided she was going to step in and handle things for her precious little girl.)
Me - I'll see what I can do mam. I'll change her arrival date, and if you give me a second, I think I can waive the fee. (she was being pleasant, so I didn't mind)
Me - Oh, I guess going through a 3rd party like that, charged you the whole amount completely upfront. If you'd called us directly, her card wouldn't have been charged until she checked in, and I'd have waived the fee.
(she becomes UNGLUED at this point)
Guest - THE ONLY REASON WE WENT THROUGH A 3RD PARTY IS BECAUSE YOUR RATES ARE SO G**DAMN HIGH!!!!! $72.00 PER NIGHT IS NO DEAL!!! WE WENT THROUGH THIS 3RD PARTY BECAUSE THEY OFFERED A BETTER F**KING RATE ($59)!!!!
Me - Ok, so you went through a 3rd party to get a better deal. Approx. $12 less correct?
Guest - YES.
(she's full blown indignant at this point and I'm assuming she's thinking that I'm going to give her money back. Although there's NOTHING I can do.)
Me - So after taxes she'd be paying around $210 for all 3 days.
Guest - (getting agitated) UH, YEEESSSS!!!
Me - Ok, so in your zeal to save $12 a night, you went with a 3rd party service that I assuming you a) didn't bother to check out before using, b) didn't read the fine print before handing over all your info. Had you gone with us directly in the first place, you'd a) be saving about $40 right now, b) her card wouldn't have been charged right there and then, c) I'd have waived the fee for you. Does that sound about right?
Me - Sorry mam, my GM is gone for the day.
Guest - GIVE ME YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER NOW!!!!
Me - Sorry mam' we don't have a CS line as we are a privately owned franchise.
Guest - I'M GOING TO CALL YOUR CORPORATE NUMBER AND HAVE YOU FIRED!!!!!!
Me - You are welcome to try mam', but as you have been the aggressive party in this conversation, I sincerely doubt I'll lose my job. You basically want me to give you free money, which is beyond my authorization, for a mistake that you and your daughter made yourselves. Maybe this is a learning experience?
Guest - F**K YOOOOOU!!!!!
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta sometimes. HA!
We've posted many of Give Back's videos where they tip service workers. This is their latest one.