Often when you check into a hotel, the front desk clerk hands you your key in a sleeve that has your room number written on it. While that’s helpful when you first arrive at the hotel, be sure to remember your hotel room number in your head and don’t keep the key stored in that sleeve. Why? Well, a high-profile New York woman was dining at a fancy sushi restaurant in L.A. over the weekend of the Academy Awards when someone stole her purse from the back of her chair. Inside her purse was her hotel room key, which was presumably still inside the paper sleeve with her room number on it. What happened next? That’s right! The thief broke into her hotel room and stole $20,000 worth of jewelry.
This unfortunate incident is a good reminder for all of us. First, don’t put your purse on the back of your chair and secondly, don’t store your room key in the sleeve that has your hotel room number written on it. If you must, take a photo of the hotel sleeve or a photo of your room number and store it on your phone. Better still, text yourself your room number with no reference to what the number refers to.
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