Vampire fangs, naked groom on hotel’s lost and found list

2013-12-18 15:33

Next time you’re tempted to tuck a fluffy hotel dressing gown or a pair of slippers into your luggage before checking out like a thief in the night, why not aim higher – and make off with the bed?

Don’t laugh: that’s exactly what happened in a Protea hotel in Cape Town earlier this year.

Every year, Protea Hotels asks its general managers across the country to put together a list of the weirdest things they find in hotel rooms – and the oddest things that go walkabout.

That’s how group marketing manager Nicholas Barenblatt discovered that one of Protea’s beds had gone missing, albeit briefly.

“The bed vanished from a room in Cape Town occupied by members of a sports team who thought it’d be a great prank after returning very much the worse for wear after a night out. We did get the bed back two days later, along with a very sheepish apology,” Barenblatt said in a statement today.

He says hotels expect items like shampoo or biscuits to go missing, but are rather more baffled by pilfered bedding, including the duvet, and flat-screen TVs.

“Flat screens are great in hotels because they take up less space in the room, but their dimensions also make them much easier to transport,” Barenblatt said.

“And it takes tenacity to remove one; TVs are bolted to walls or cabinets.”

What gets left behind also ranges from the perfectly mundane to the utterly weird.

Hotel employees have found cellphone chargers, iPads and electric razors before – but one employee was rather startled to find a small box which, on further inspection, contained vampire fangs.

“Not the sort of fangs you’d buy in a novelty shop, but ones that were clearly made by a dentist to fit a specific person’s mouth,” Barenblatt said.

The fangs were later reunited with their toothy owner.

Other items on Protea’s weird list for 2013 included a hookah, the back end of a pantomime horse and a Batman suit complete with mask.

And spare a thought for the poor hotel employee in KZN who found something particularly weird while doing their rounds: an unconscious, stark naked, bright blue groom.

“This wasn’t so much a case of something lost, but someone lost. A stag party that had spent the weekend in a hotel in KZN left us a little souvenir – the groom passed out tied to a chair. All good and well, you might think, but the poor guy was stark naked and painted Smurf blue from top to toe. It’s two months later and I strongly doubt housekeeping has stopped laughing yet,” said Barenblatt.

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