Some careers give the opportunity to see people from a perspective that is very difficult to find elsewhere. However, while most of them deal with people face-to-face, others primarily “meet” them through their aftermaths.
What is the strangest thing you have discovered in a [guest’s] room? is a question Reddit user ThatSportsGameGuy posed to hotel cleaners in November, and the responses started pouring in. Check them out here!
“I no longer work the job, but when I did I thought I found a dead body because I saw a person in bed under the covers after checkout. I called out but got no response. Guy forgot his inflatable girlfriend under the covers.”
Writers comment: Maybe she dumped the guest, don’t be too quick to judge.
“This guest left his mom a disable elderly woman in her room for 2 days, she was unclothed, with a colonoscopy bag and catheter bag full to the max. This woman had not eaten in 2 days and could have died if we did not do a life and safety check when the bill was not paid for a 1 nighter. We eventually located her son, who tried to dump her in the hotel so he could go on a bender.”
“Bees and bee c**p literally covering every single spot in the place. The guy was a beekeeper and was delivering a hive. He brought it into the room, where the hive tipped over and broke. It took days of scrubbing with some harsh chemicals to get the poo off. Even had to repaint walls.”
Writers comment: I’m not sure I know what bee poo looks like. And I’m okay with that.
“A hole cut in a mattress because the “platinum level” guest s**t the bed drunk and then used a butter knife to cut it out and flip the mattress over.”
Writers comment: Just curious – how drunk do you have to be to cut out poo from the mattress?
“I used to work on housekeeping at a children’s theme park called Gulliver’s kingdom, I remember going into a room and it STANK, soon found the source, 3 dirty nappies floating in a bathtub. That is disgusting but unfortunately not completely abnormal, what was wierd was the sight of an untouched large fish from one of the fish&chip shops tucked up in the double bed like a small child, around it a murder scene had been painted with tomato sauce, and placed carefully in a equally spaced ring arround the bed were chips all printing towards the fish.
It looked like some sort of satanic ritual to summon the god of the god of chip shops.
It was a pain in the a**e to clean up but it was defo a memory.”
“Blood, lots of blood. Literally on everything. Me, and the person cleaning with me, got out of there and reported it. Customer had gotten extremely drunk and sliced his hand open, then freaked. Also found various weapons and one time a raccoon trap. This was my first job, in high school.”
“A pile of human skin, on the floor beside the bed. It was like sunburned skin peelings or something. Truly f*****g disgusting.”
“A giant ring of salt on the carpet like straight out of Supernatural. A toilet completely filled with chewing tobacco, so much it was clogged. A mom locked her 1 year old daughter outside of the room leaving her to bang on the door crying for way too long. People FREQUENTLY wipe their asses with our towels. And I once had a homeless person up on the 7th floor raiding my cart trying to steal my belongings, not for soap or any hygiene products which I would have happily gave to him.”
“The item wasn’t weird just the whole situation. I walked in and every inch of the floor was covered in rubbish(except one, guess which). We had to walk on the rubbish it was like an extra carpet on the floor, but bot just the floor. On the bed and under the bed, on every surface, even in the bathroom and in the bath too. They had only been there one night. Where did all this rubbish come from?!? Food wrappers, pizza boxes, shoe boxes, cans, magazines, rubbish all over.
The strangest part was the trash bin. It was absolutely empty, and so was the floor around it. Like a perfect forcefield was erected that stopped the occupants from being able to get anything near it and yet everywhere else. F**k that guest. It smelt rancid and took ages.”
“I worked at a mountain/ski resort the first year it opened. There was a big snowfall in mid-November and suddenly we were fully booked for the Thanksgiving weekend.
Management didn’t hire any extra cleaning staff, so it took us almost the rest of the next week to work our way through all the rooms and suites.
You would not believe how many people had left half-eaten turkey carcasses, not in the refrigerator, or in the trash, but just sitting out on the counter…the smell permeated the rooms, the carpets, the drapes. It was just appalling…”
“Teams I’ve been on have found:
A dildo stuck to a mirror
Butt plug in pull out couch (poor girl picked it up cause it looked like a ring pop 🤣😭😭)
Vibratory, used condoms both more then a couple times.”
“A dead elk on a tarp during hunting season.”
“I had a checkout where someone left behind their false teeth. They never came back for them.”
“We had a guy stay in the hotel who was in town for a competitive eating contest. Um when he checked out, he s**t all over the bed. Like ALLL over. I think he wiped his a*s with the sheets. We threw everything away. it was so gross.”
“S**t stains on the lampshade. I just spun it around so the stains faced the wall.”
Writters comment: HOW??
“Broccoli and spinach in the shower on two separate occasions. THREE jars of mustard on the bedside table (this was in a suite that had a full kitchen and separate bedroom.. no logical reason why the mustard would be in the bedroom).”
“Something different for you-
Was cleaning a room and opened up the nightstand drawer- and found a fire alarm in a sandwich bag, along with the batteries.
It was the one that went to the room, on the ceiling. The ceiling which was much taller than on any other floor. It couldn’t be reached even by a reasonably tall man standing on the bed, and they had to grab one of the tallest ladders to put it back on.
We have no idea how the man reached this, or if he brought in a ladder to do so, nor do we know why. He never spoke to front desk about it.”
“I used to be a housekeeper back in my youth to pay for college. I’d say for my weirdest was when I saw these three cowboy dudes (and this was the south so that was normal) come out of a room around checkout. I head in to clean it up and there were beer cans and bottles on every available surface but the floor. Weirdest part though, room smelled completely normal and was fairly clean. Not a single indication that the beer was drank there.
The grossest was when the hotel would have a section of it rented out for the local disabled Olympics. I don’t know if it’s because the people caring for the group with us just didn’t care or if it’s because they were mostly in non-disabled rooms, but those rooms were bad. Our managers would take first pass and just throw out anything in there as it was covered in feces and vomit and blood. We’d clean a bit and then let the rooms air out before a final clean and stock.”
“5 pairs of yeezys he traveled alone.”