There’s something utterly delicious about hotel beds… and towels… and robes. They’re so decadently fluffy and epically cozy, we’d totally steal them if we could.
And much of the time, we do. Towels are among the most-stolen items in hotels, The Telegraph reports. We could’ve guessed that.
But we never would’ve guessed that hotels can tell when you’ve stolen a towel (or robe or duvet cover for that matter). It’s all thanks to a tiny, M&M-sized tracking device that thousands of hotels have embedded in their linens — a device that lets them know where their towels, robes and bedsheets are at all times.
The main service they use is Linen Technology Tracking, which provides the chips to some 2,000 hotels around the country, according to its executive VP William Serbin. The company’s initial goal was to let hotels track which linens had made it from the hotel to the cleaners and back again, but the chips have also proven handy for keeping tabs on stolen goods that guests think have slipped out unnoticed.
“One hotel uses the chips to monitor the elevator banks,” Serbin told The Huffington Post. “Any time one of their towels passes through the elevator bay, Housekeeping gets an alert.”
Well fuck me right? Now the waiting game begins of when the FBI is going to surround my house and take me down. I’m notorious for taking “free” shit from hotels. Comfy towels, robes, pillows, you name it. When they finally track all this shit there gonna lock me in jail and throw away the keys. Sneaky move by the hotel industry. Playing chess while we are all playing mother fuckin checkers. Good game bros.