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We request on checkout that guests “Turn lights and appliances off” before leaving. What we mean is turning off TVs, portable heaters, ovens, ect… This poor sweet gal turned off the fridge!!
Have you had any harmlessly funny incidents from a guest misunderstanding instructions? We told the gal we appreciated her following the checkout instructions and didn’t point out that wasn’t what we meant. I guess the interpretation makes sense!
Just a simple task to turn off all those vampire always-on appliances.
I hope she had the common sense to remove the batteries from all the remotes, AND the smart locks and keypads. Like you, I don’t ask guests to put tape on the leads where the batteries connect. Just removing the batteries will prevent the senseless drain and inevitable corrosion.
Was it on this forum where a host had an overly zealous “energy aware” guest unplug the mini-fridge in her room, which she wasn’t using, causing it to defrost and leak all over the floor and the inside to get all funky?
OMG. I’m fairly certain I saw that. We’re incredibly lucky that it was during winter so the fridge didn’t fully defrost (& housekeeping was on the way at the time) but I can’t imagine the nightmare if there was food or if it was left in summer
It’s always so curious to see which checkout instruction will get accidentally overdone/done wrong out of purely good intentions. You just have to laugh! The bizarre world of STR can get you some of the craziest stories, I swear…
Or if you have no check-out instructions, like me for my private room listing, it’s all over the map. Some guests strip the bed, leaving the bedding in a ball on the bed or floor, some strip it and leave it neatly folded, some just leave it as is, and one of my guests remade the bed perfectly, hospital corners and all (much better bedmaking than I do), as if I wouldn’t be putting on clean bedding for the next guest.