Hotel Staff Share The Worst Things Guests Left Behind

You will not believe the absurd things guests assume they can get away with because they’re paying for a hotel room. It makes you wonder what kind of home they live in.

From hiding pizza in drawers to fully trying to steal a couch from their hotel room, you’ll finally understand why we can’t have nice things.

They Thought The $7K Cleanup Would Be Included

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Photo Credit: Brooke Lark / Unsplash

“It was a family retreat/kids’ birthday party. They had decided to have a fully stocked ice cream bar and allowed the kids to do what they wanted with it. M&M’s crushed into the carpet, chocolate footprints on the walls, and whipped cream everywhere.

“In total, we had to charge them about $7k in damages, which they took to court because they thought ‘the cleanup would be included, that’s why we did it at a hotel!'” -TheWastelandWizard

“Hotel” isn’t a synonym for “garbage can,” so you can maybe trash your own house next time.

Bears Want Some Luxury, Too

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Photo Credit: Janko Ferlic / Unsplash

“A guest had room service, decided to leave the food uncovered, and the balcony doors open, and later went to the hotel pool/spa to relax. Upon returning, they had gone to us at reception and said that there was a bear in the room.

“Puzzled, we quietly approached the room and slowly opened the door. Lo and behold, there was a bear eating room service and making a mess of my afternoon. We called Parks Canada to deal with it.” -little_asian_man_89

I can’t imagine the bear would leave a very good hotel review.

New Glitter Regulations Required

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Photo Credit: Fernanda Prado / Unsplash

“A bachelorette party came through and after they left the next night, we had a new rule that charges a $400 glitter fee.

“You couldn’t see the floor there was so much glitter. It’s been a few years and you can probably still find glitter in the carpet throughout the hotel.” -jordan_mcafee

Sounds like it was one heck of a good party!

Dead Bugs As Roommates, Anyone?

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Photo Credit: Timothy Brock / Unsplash

“Three guys in one room left all of their windows open and lights on overnight in the summer. I have never seen so many different types of bugs flying around the room, it was terrifying.

“We ran in spraying bug killer like our lives depended on it, then ran out and left the room for an hour. We can back to a floor that was almost black with dead bugs. I can still hear the crunching.” -scarlett_pimpernel

If that isn’t what nightmares are made of, then I don’t know what is.

Popcorn Everywhere…With Caramel

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Photo Credit: Robert Anasch / Unsplash

“A baseball team stayed in a couple of rooms and I guess they had those like caramel popcorn balls? That they had just thrown all over the room. At the walls, furniture. It stuck to the carpet and was almost impossible to vacuum.” -slpofrsn

Popcorn alone wouldn’t be so bad, but the caramel would it make it stick to everything for dear life.

A Full Broccoli Diet

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Photo Credit: Louis Hansel / Unsplash

“Broccoli. Everywhere. In the bed, the tub, the toilet, drawers. It was ground into the carpet. No clue why.” -motherofxmen

This could go either way. Either a health nut was staying there and constantly eating broccoli, or there is some kind of weird broccoli ritual out there that we just don’t know about.

Never Too Old For A Pillow Fight

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Photo Credit: Allen Taylor / Unsplash

“We had a military couple that came for a rendezvous that involved them slicing open 10 or 12 pillows (I guess for a pillow fight or something?) and smearing maple syrup all over everything.

“There were about two inches of feathers all over everything, they stuck to the ceiling you name it. We didn’t give them the pillows, they actually had purchased them. We would still find feathers coming out of the ducts or in that room years later…” -stillinger27

Enough Bacon For The Entire Hotel

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Photo Credit: Michelle New Layer Photography / Unsplash

“A young couple checked into a nicer room that had a full kitchen. The morning before they left, they cooked 500 pounds of bacon. They had the windows open because of the smoke and smell.

“Five hours later, housekeeping can’t even get into the room to clean due to all of the bees chewing through the screens on the open windows. We ended up shutting down an entire floor.” -Retro10ten

How Dare The Hotel Not Control Outside Weather?!

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Photo Credit: Danielle Dolson / Unsplash

“I once had one show up at 6 a.m. to yell at me because the wind was blowing too loudly outside her room all night (but she never called down to request a different room), and how it was my fault and she was going to file a complaint with the airline about the hotel. Also, the rain was pounding against her window.” -iluvquestion

How Did She Even Still Remember Her Earrings Six Month later?

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Photo Credit: SEASHELL IN LOVE – Kristin / Unsplash

“A woman left her earrings. The hotel emailed and called her multiple times and asked what to do with them. She said she would be back to get them at some point.

“Six months later she goes back to the hotel and demands that they give her back her earrings. Which were nowhere to be found at that point. She won’t leave the lobby until they say that they will buy her and her family’s dinner. $300+ bill for free and they tipped $20.”

Think Of It Like A Souvenir

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Photo Credit: Federico Bottos / Unsplash

“One of the hardest to clean up was room 004, where a hen/bachelorette party drunkenly exploded a confetti cannon in the room. The room was blasted with almost an inch-thickness of little pieces of star-shaped glitter.

“These clung to everything via static, and we kept finding it turning up for at least a month afterwards. They stuck to our shoes. They stuck to guests. They stuck to the guest’s children.” -CelestialMollusc

Pizza Hide-And-Seek

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Photo Credit: Aurelien Lemasson / Unsplash

“Pizza. And not just like leftovers. An entire pizza. And not a single slice of it in the box. The first red flag we found was the slice of pizza smeared all over on the TV. One slice in the dresser, one in the nightstand, one in the sheets, and one in the bathroom sink.

“I flick the lamp on and look for the final slice. I finally find it, shadowed in the lampshade.” -aNathan113

It turns out this person bought an entire pizza just to hide it in his hotel room.

A Pie Connoisseur

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Photo Credit: Universal Studios / American Pie / MovieStillsDb

“We had a guest we ended up calling ‘Pie Guy’—he would come into the hotel without a reservation, pay in cash + the $100 cash deposit, and the next day we would find his bathroom and bathtub full of the remains of several expensive pies.

“One time we found a torn-up list in his room with the words ‘pie’ and ‘pants’ scribbled over and over again.” -ladywug

Salad Is Life And Life Is Salad

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Photo Credit: Nadine Primeau / Unsplash

“As the owner of a bed and breakfast place for the last 8 years, the craziest thing I ever found was an old battered notebook with ‘Why I love salad’ written on the front and then literally 40–80 pages on why salad was amazing.

“There’d be the occasional suggestion that the author believed salad to be alive in some sense. Looked like it had been written on and off over the course of several years.” -ShaneMcDeath

Easy Mistake

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Photo Credit: Gabriel Wasylko / Unsplash

“I had a guy who said his microwave didn’t work and I went up to the room and he locked a plate of food in the safe.” -BurgleBoy

If you think about it, they do look similar. They’re both gray boxes with numbers on them.

Do Hotels Have Pet Care Services?

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Photo Credit: Raul Varzar / Unsplasj

“Cats. Cats everywhere. And a $100 tip with a note that said, ‘thanks for taking care of these guys, be back in a week.’ She didn’t come back.”

The real question is how did she even sneak in all these cats in the first place?

Some Quick Renos During The Stay

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Photo Credit: Imattsmart / Unsplash

“I was working at a luxury hotel and we had a fairly big-name band staying with us. There were no noise complaints, and they seemed to be perfect tenants.

“When they left and we went to clean the room, EVERY SINGLE PIECE of furniture was nailed to the ceiling in roughly the same configuration that it was in on the floor. I found it to be quite amusing. Management didn’t.” -EyesWideStupid

Caught Red-Handed

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Photo Credit: Mitchell Gaiser / Unsplash

“We went into the atrium to find a group of guests walking out the door with one of our couches. When they saw us, they reversed direction and told us that they had caught somebody stealing it and they were putting it back.”

Swimming In Jell-O

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Photo Credit: Girl With Red Hat / Unsplash

“The cleaning lady went on to tell me about the Jell-O. Orange Jell-O everywhere. In the tub, the walls, the ceiling the beds, worked into the carpets—everywhere.

“Two business ladies had made a tub full of orange jello in their room.” -escher4096

No part of me wants to find out why.

Bats VS Bats

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Photo Credit: Damir Spanic / Unsplash

“A little league baseball team was staying the night and a guest complained to my manager about bats flying around.

“My manager assumed the baseball team was just being rowdy and headed up to tell them to calm down. Turns out it wasn’t baseball bats… Just a normal old’ flying bat hanging out in the hallway.”