Forget about taking home the fancy toiletries or the fluffy robe from your hotel room. What you are about to read is some next-level thievery.
The German-based site Wellness Heaven, which publishes reviews of luxury hotels and spas in Europe and Asia, polled more than 1,100 luxury hoteliers to find out the most common – and most brazen – acts of theft by their guests. And there are some doozies.
Among the most-bizarre items stolen: a showerhead, toilet seat and entire sink, which went missing from a Berlin hotel; a grand piano that was liberated from an Italian hotel lobby; pine sauna benches from a hotel in Austria; and a set of room numbers taken from a hotel room door in England.
Wellness Heaven even broke down what items people of various nationalities were most likely to take home with them. Americans and the Dutch were practical, with a tendency to make off with items like pillows, batteries, toilet paper and light bulbs. Germans and Brits were similarly sensible, helping themselves to towels, bathrobes, cosmetics and toiletries.
It's a different story on the continent, where Italians made off with wine glasses and Swiss hotel guests were into hair dryers. And Austrians were known to say "mein!" when it came to coffeemakers. The French seemed to like flat-screens, making off with TVs and remote controls.
The poll also found that guests at five-star hotels were far more shameless when it came to stealing from their rooms. They were nine times more likely to take high-end TVs and five times more likely to help themselves to art. They were even known to make off with mattresses and tablets.
Guests at four-star facilities were more more likely to pocket items like towels, clothing hangers and batteries. But they weren't above taking the remote control.