I really need to follow my own advice on locking the deadbolt in hotel rooms. Here’s another friendly reminder via an unfortunate anecdote.
I spent the night at the Sheraton Milan Malpensa, a great hotel if you have a flight the next day. Before a long flight, I like to prepare…that included a rigorous workout followed by some time in the sauna and steam bath.
After my workout, I returned to my room to take a shower. I did not bother to lock the deadbolt. After my shower I stepped out of the bathroom in a towel to get dressed. After pulling out some clean clothes from my bag, I dropped the towel and prepared to put them on.
Suddenly, at that very moment, my door just flung open. No knock. No doorbell. It was the maid.
She must have been startled because she just stopped and stared for a few moments. I also was so shocked I just froze. After a few seconds she started repeating, “Scusi! Scusi!” and slammed the door shut.
The “Do Not Disturb” sign was indeed on my door, but that clearly was not enough. I walked over and locked the deadbolt. Lesson learned. Again.
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