I happened upon this article about hotel room thievery during my unexpectedly leisurely afternoon. (I got back from a funeral about 2:15, and the roofer I was supposed to meet at 4 had to reschedule, but a) he called; and b) he was polite, so no problem, Mike. ‘Preciate it.)
I have taken soaps and shampoos from hotel rooms, but I think equating these obvious consumables with things like laundry bags, towels, ashtrays, and sheets is ludicrous. For one thing, as often as not, I have used the shampoo and soap, and used shampoo and soap has rather limited next-guest potential. For another, I’m confident such items are adequately provided for in a hotel room’s end cost. They’re mine anyway.
We actually had a couple of Holiday Inn towels and such when I was growing up, but that’s not where my mom surprised/entertained me the most. As I mentioned once a long time ago, she was a serious kleptomaniac at the doctor’s office. As soon as we were in an examination room at the pediatrician or wherever, she’d throw open the cabinets and help herself to two of those gauze pads, and three of these alcohol swabs, and whatever else. She never pocketed an otoscope or anything, but she probably had a $10 take from time to time.
What was her rationalization for such theft? I don’t know. Can’t ask her now. I don’t think it’s something I’d want my children to see me doing, though. There’s not really such a thing as “okay” stealing.