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Hotel Room Cleaning Leads to Startling Discoveries

February 14, 2022

To those with no experience cleaning hotel rooms, the work may seem mundane, with housekeepers seeing and doing the same thing day after day. However, working as a hotel housekeeper can lead to unexpected discoveries, European Cleaning Journal reports.

A discussion among hotel housekeepers on the website Reddit revealed some of the more unusual items they have come across while on the job. Some common items made disgusting by the way they were improperly disposed of included a bathtub full of dirty diapers and an ice bucket full of nail clippings. The most unusual items included a photo album from the 1970s, a purple lightsaber, a car license plate, and hundreds of live crickets. One forgetful guest left behind US$328,000 in the room safe after he checked out of his Las Vegas hotel.

Other left-behind items were more troubling. Housekeepers reported drug paraphernalia was a common find, with one cleaner claiming to have found more than a dozen needles under the bed skirt, and another discovering a crack pipe in the freezer. Another housekeeper found a gun stashed beneath a mattress.

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