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feb 21 2008

$250 fine for smoking in a hotel room?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about the trend of hotels fining guests up to $250 for being caught smoking in a non-smoking room. As long as the policy is clearly spelled out for people, that seems reasonable. But if the Swissotel Chicago really is giving housekeepers "a $10 bonus for every smoker they catch" (in the WSJ's words), I'm creeped out. Does anyone really want housekeeping to be incentivized to sift through guests' trash?

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