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If You Steal Something, Say Something At the Waldorf-Astoria

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July 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

People do funny things when they're in love. And hotels do funny things when they want more followers on Twitter.

In an effort to gain more social media buzz, the folks at Waldorf-Astoria in New York have launched a new campaign asking old guests to return anything they've stolen from the hotel. The stolen goods will then get displayed on the hotel's Facebook page—ideally, with a little background story on each item—and then showcased in a special exhibit inside the lobby.

The klepto-guests themselves will remain anonymous. So what's in it for them? The chance to set things right.

According to Daily Mail, the campaign, which lasts through the end of the summer, is being called an "amnesty period," meaning stolen items can be returned with no questions asked. And apparently, there's a lot to be accounted for. Spoons, bath robes, room keys, and even wall fixtures have all gone missing over the years, ending up as take-home souvenirs from the iconic hotel.

But are guests likely to take the time to wrap up, write a note and return the items they once swiped from the hotel? Heck, do they still even have of the items?

Not that we're making any admissions here, but supposing—just supposing!—we had stolen something from our hotel room (a pair of slippers, say). Are we really about to part ways with said hypothetical slippers in the name of expanding some dinky diorama in the hotel lobby? We'll just have to wait and see how this one plays out.

[Photo: Waldorf-Astoria]

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