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Oh, Did I Say [Room]? I Meant [Other Room]

, , , , , , | Working | February 27, 2020

I am travelling for business and staying in a hotel. After a very trying day, I decide to stop in at the hotel’s bar for a couple of drinks before turning in. My boss is willing to cover things like that, so long as it is kept to a reasonable amount.

Me:
“Hey. I’d like a [Drink], please.”

Bartender:
“Sure. Are you staying with us? We can charge it directly to your room if you are.”

Me:
“I am. I’m in [Room].”

I started fumbling in my pocket to pull out my hotel key.

Bartender:
“Great!”

The bartender punches something into the register and then wanders off before I get my key out. After about half a minute, he comes back, hands me the drink, and starts to walk off again.

Me:
“Don’t you need my key card?”

Bartender:
“Huh? Why?”

Me:
“To prove that I’m actually staying at the hotel?”

He stares at me blankly for a few seconds before the light seems to come on.

Bartender:
“Oh. Yeah.”

He took the card and swiped it at the register, but that was how I found out that apparently, anyone could come in and throw out my room number, and he’d bill drinks to my room.

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