New Micro Chip Prevents Hotel Theft Since Apparently People Will Steal Anything

Travel News — By Candice Walsh on May 5, 2011 at 8:51 am

Three anonymous hotels in Honolulu, Miami and Manhattan have recently started using micro chips in their bathrobes and linens to prevent theft. Gone are the days of ransacking a hotel room and leaving them to foot the bill!

A company in Miami has patented a washable RFID (radio frequency identification) to help combat theft in hotels. The chip can be sewn into towels, bathrooms, and bed sheets, and will actually alert staff to when it’s time to order more stock.

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According to the Honolulu property, they’ve reduced theft of its pool towels by over 3000 per month since they’ve started using the chips last summer. This means they’ve saved more than $16,000 a month. Seriously. Not only is that a lot of towels, it’s a lot of expensive towels. Upon initial reading, we couldn’t help but feel a little insulted that hotels no longer seem to trust their guests at all, but on second thought, we totally agree with their motives. It’s not just a money thing, dude. It’s just ethical.

In fact, we’re a little shocked by how common theft seems to be. According to the executive vice-president of the chip manufacturing company, William Serbin, some can hotels can lose 5 to 20 per cent of towels, sheets and robes during any given month. And the price of cotton isn’t getting any cheaper.

So what happens once someone’s been caught trying to smuggle fancy towels? Do they get a slap on the rest or a punch in the face? We really want to know.

Oh, well. As long as they don’t start implementing chips in our shampoo and body wash samples, we’re okay with being monitored.


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