Staying in a hotel can be a luxurious experience to relax and rejuvenate. But this traveler skips the pampering and plays housekeeper instead.
When you stay in a hotel, you typically expect people to clean up after you. With a flip of the doorknob sign from “do not disturb” to “come right in,” many travelers expect fresh-pressed and neatly tucked sheets, eloquent pillows and decor, sweet-smelling soaps, a stocked mini-fridge and, not to mention, the tiny chocolates they place on your pillow after housekeeping makes your bed.
Upon checkout, you don’t leave the room a disaster, but you also don’t do a deep clean —unless you’re Darren Dowling, who takes an extra step as a hotel guest.
Dowling, from the UK, shared a photo to Facebook, showing his stripped bed and the sheets he folded neatly at the foot of it — sending social media into a tailspin arguing over guest protocols. “I always try and leave a hotel room like this,” he wrote in the caption. “Is this the right or wrong thing to do?”
The post garnered more than 1,000 likes and 400 comments, many of which debated the concept of being overly clean and courteous post-stay.
While many disagreed, saying people are paid to clean up after hotel residents, others said they also do this as a courtesy to the cleaners.
“As a housekeeper, this makes me very happy when customers do this, saves us an extra job and makes it easier,” commented Chloe Twinning.
“It’s not right or wrong … just weird,” wrote someone else.
Dowling, known as Dazza online, hit back at folks who didn’t take the extra step of cleanliness, commenting, ” ‘They’re paid to clean it.’ The police are paid to stop murders but that doesn’t go well does it.”
In addition to people arguing over hotel checkout etiquette, some people joked they would prefer to leave their sheets rolled up and looking like a dead body or some other offensive shape.
As the post gained more interactions, housekeepers weighed in their two cents about what not to do, regardless of if you clean up after yourself: don’t re-make the bed.
“Some people try to be helpful and remake the bed,” another user wrote, “but we just have to come in and strip the bed back down anyway.”
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