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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Shampoos top the list of items flicked by hotel guests

Daily Mail says that shampoos top the list of items flicked by hotel guests"

Britons take 430,000 gallons of shampoo from hotels every year, a new survey has revealed. As many as 70% of guests admit to nicking the mini shampoo bottles, the poll from the Hotels.com company found. The amount taken annually is the equivalent of more than 14,000 bathtubs full of shampoo. Shower gel and conditioner are the next most popular items to be taken, followed by sewing kits, emery boards and soap.

Next time you need a shampoo, you know where to go.


  • hey i thought they were complimentary, but if you think about it, the hotels probably charge you for the little shampoo bottles. so why are they calling it flicking?? i think its like doggy bagging food. when u do that the restaurant thinks you really liked their food, same way, you take shampoo and it tells the hotel that their shampoo(service) is really good. so leave a compliment by taking it.:)

    By Blogger Sowmya, at 9:32 PM  

  • hi kaps,
    i actually agree with sowmya. do u really think that the hotels don't charge for these things. as she said the hotels can take this as a complement and can actually improve their service by providing with the shampoos and soaps which most of the guests take.

    By Blogger Nallavan, at 9:35 PM  

  • they should then run a survey for indians flicking just about anything they can get their hands on in an airplane. i've seen instances where indian airlines cutlery (even disposable plastic ones) has been picked up and then sold on the footpath.

    as far as shampoos go, the reason most people 'take' it is because it comes in the most convenient size if you are on the road. Who lugs a 100ml bottle with them!!??

    By Blogger maverick, at 9:45 PM  

  • @Sowmya,
    I think the hotels price it in the room rentals and hence it perfectly fine if we 'flick' them. I was also not sure whether flick is the right word to use. But I have seen Discovery Travel and Adventure hosts saying that they also like to flick such complimentary stuff.

    If the hotels didn't charge for this earlier they will definitely factor in these costs while pricing the room rentals in future. otherwise they might give inferior shampoos to discourage people from taking them

    I do agrees that lot of desis flick stuff from the flights.......IMO flicking plastic cutlery is not worth the effort. I do agree with the part on the utility of the small size shampoo bottle.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:47 PM  

  • Hey kaps... Nice blog... may i link to it from mine?

    keep blogging

    By Blogger Vidya, at 10:54 PM  

  • I remember reading somewhere that an airline company was able to notch up considerable savings just by serving one olive less per meal. Maybe hotel owners in Britain should consider something like that.

    I think it was CavinKare which launched the one-rupee sachet concept. Maybe the Brits can do something similar (I dunno if it already exists)

    By Blogger Vijay Krishna, at 12:31 AM  

  • Any idea what % of market is it?

    By Blogger Chanakya, at 3:04 AM  

  • am not too troubled about Shampoos... I just bring back a towel ;o)

    By Blogger Somu, at 3:18 AM  

  • @Vidya,
    It's a free world. You are free to blogroll me.

    No clue

    that's even worse. the hotels are looking for u.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 4:01 AM  

  • Kaps,
    I recently stayed in Holiday Inn Exp, MN.

    I saw a note which said "We understand that all our accesories are very popular. So we do offer them for sale.[price list].Please be advised that we will assume you have consented for the price listed here if you were take them from your room"...or something to that effect.

    By Blogger Nilu, at 9:13 AM  

  • Interesting.!! I don't touch the shampoos..!! Don't know why...I feel very ashamed to do such things.!

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 1:44 PM  

  • @Nilu,
    This is the first time I'm coming across such a statement.

    @Venkitu Sir,
    If u don't touch the shampoos, then u should ask for a discount from the hotel.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:18 AM  

  • I have seen these stats before. Surprised to see that they do not talk about the towels though. In one of the stats, that was high in the list.

    By Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy, at 11:23 AM  

  • Venky,
    I think flicking towels would be treated more seriously

    By Blogger Kaps, at 1:16 AM  

  • Towel stats must be from desi hotels

    By Blogger RaviM, at 8:46 PM  

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