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    My hotel stay that showed a sign of the times


    Soap Box

    As seen on FB.


    Okay, I am on my soap box. Which I never step on... on FB. BUT FOLLOW ME on this tale. I believe it is worth the read.


    I note things before I put them on FB for the world to read/see. I should do a better job of proof reading and spelling I must admit. I make notes on my pad, and days later if I think it is something I want to share, or something that people would be interested in reading I, "Post". I like FB literature but I often wonder why some people post poorly or in the heat of the moment. None of my whopping 59 FB friends though. You guys are great:)


    So my post today is one of awareness and of my own personal experience.


    This weekend my family enjoyed a great, but cold, weekend out of town. We dined and enjoyed drinks with new and old friends. Conversation topics were never lacking. We even splurged and stayed at a 4.25 star hotel:).


    Here comes the GRAY:


    After checking out Sunday morning, driving and reaching my first destination I noticed that my IPad was missing. Time lapse, 15-20 minutes tops. I remembered the exact place in the suite where I left it. I called the hotel's front desk to alert them of my mishaps. The rep said "Okay, we will make you a key, you can go up to grab it". GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!! I arrive at the hotel. I am handed the card key (he remembers me by last name and room number:) I am feeling optimistic, Lah lah lah (tune rotating in my head). The elevator is open and ready to take me to the room, no waiting. Lah lah lah. I entered the room unannounced, and the cleaning staff member who is cleaning greets me with a smile and a big Hello. Lah, lah..and I looked. I looked in the exact location/place where I KNOW I left my pad 15-20 minutes ago and it is NOT THERE!! No more Lah, lah lah! The gentleman helped me look/tear up the room on my sad little quest. NO success. I started to think about all the times the IPad tried to reminded me to backup, and I did not because that meant I had to delete/download/upload pictures and video of family, events, and even Plus One. Too time consuming, I'll do it later. Oh boy, now, here come my water works!!!!!!!


    I walked, with moist eyes, to a dirge down the hall, waited for the elevator, and then to the front desk. I told the same front desk rep that I could not find it. He got on the phone and told me to wait. I checked my car again and still nothing. He then asked if I had the iPad locator on my iPhone.... I forgot! YES I DO!!! BAM! Activate, sound the alarm! I ran upstairs, entered the room but still did not find it, but I thought I heard the alarm/alert bell ringing in the hall. MAN! Where was that helpful member of the cleaning crew (whom I tipped minutes earlier). He wasn't even finished cleaning the room. It was as if he had been pulled away, SUDDENLY!


    I returned to the downstairs lobby because the finder on my iPhone showed the iPads location was still in the hotel. 20 minutes later a manager shows up and hands me a white plastic bag. It's contents, my iPad. He then indulged me with a tale of their company's policy on finding left behind or lost objects. Charles Dickens must have lent him the words. The explanation was so in left field. And you know what? What he said did not matter. What did matter was that I had my property back.


    So that takes me to something my husband is ALWAYS saying (yeah honey, I'm giving you this one) and truthfully I knew it. It simply serves as a timely reminder. Don't drop your guard. As far as for me, I know it could have been worse. Life or death wasn't involved, nor was friend/family, sickness or fatal tragedy. It could have been soooooo much worse.


    The scene of the world is now changing. So, check and double check before you leave a location and secure your irreplaceables. 4.25-5 star means nothing. Crappy people are in all tiers and hosting outward appearances is just stupid. A smile can hide the greatest of corruptions.


    I'm off my soap box now and from the looks of things some people on the national/world scene need to borrow it;)

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