Should a Hotel Guest Be Banned for Talking About His 'Trouser Snake?'
February 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM
Hotel Blackslists are real, this we know. But what gets you on a hotel's naughty list can vary.
Most of the time it's for doing something illegal--drugs, prostitution, soliciting and failing to pay your bill. Sometimes, it can be for disruptive behavior--loud parties, drunkenness, damaging the room and walking around naked. And other times, it can be simply because the hotel didn't want you back. (Or rather, didn't want you there in the first place, which once happened to us a few years ago.)
But for this one guest in the U.K., the reason for blacklisting was very clear--he joked about his "trouser snake."
HC Alumnus JuliaB tweeted us a write-up of the indecent incident in a newspaper and it is beyond hilarious.
The full monty went down at the Hilton Baskingstoke Hotel in Hampshire when a guest made a naughty remark on an online comment form, telling staff "he had a large snake in my trousers." The guest said the reception staff laughed about it when he checked out. But then a few days later, he received a note from the hotel manager that said they would no longer accept future bookings from him since having to read his comment made the staff uncomfortable.
So we have to ask--was blacklisting this guest an unjust decision?
We get that the guest was being naughty and immature. After all, there certainly was no need to mention this when talking about his hotel stay. And FWIW, unless you're Jon Hamm, we're not interested in your trouser snake.
But compared to other bad guest behavior, this was pretty benign. Perhaps the hotel could have just given him a stern warning, saying they would not tolerate those remarks and if he continued with such
bad jokes offensive behavior, then they would have to turn him away from future bookings.
What do you think--should the guest be blacklisted or let back in? Sound off in comments below!