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9/7/11

Hotels - 1, Dog - 0

Have you ever had a new-ish dog or cat who ABSOLUTELY HAD to chew through anything and everything they find?

Shoes?

Furniture?

Electrical cords?

My dog Melody is a chewer.  Correction, my GIRLFRIEND'S dog Melody is a chewer.  (if we ever split, she gets the damn dog.  No question there...)

She has chewed through countless pairs of shoes, sticks of deodorant, eye drops, and much more.  We finally had her spayed this last week, so we are hoping this will calm her down a bit...

But still.  Chew chew chew.  Gnaw gnaw gnaw.  Even when we give her "busy" toys, she finds things to chew, like the sprinklers or solar lighting outside...

I was always careful to put my things away, so I was never the victim.  Until one day, I left my phone charger in an accessible spot.  Surprise surprise, it was mauled and shredded when I came back to get it.

I was miffed.  Sure, it's my own fault, since I know she's a chewer, but I wanted to flog her senselessly.  I was tempted to call in my friend, Fred the buttsex horse to teach her a lesson:


...but cooler heads prevailed.  I was just going to have to accept the loss and go buy a new charger.

...but wait...

I'm creative, and awesome.  I know what to do!

During my next overnight trip out of town, I asked the hotel clerk if they had a lost and found.  You see, I *cough* lost my phone charger the last time I stayed here, and was wondering if someone turned it in...

*cough*

Lo and behold, he pulls out the exact charger I needed.  Motorola micro-SD charger that separates into a USB cable.  A $39.99 value, at no cost to me.

Sorry dog.  You can knock me down, but you'll never knock me out.

Protip:  Things are left in hotel rooms all the time.  Most times, people check into a hotel room, check out, leave something behind (a phone charger, for example) and never return.  I have friends in the hotel industry that will confirm this.  Me, being a regular traveler, can use this to my advantage from time to time.  It doesn't always work (more in large metropolitan areas and better hotels) but when it does, it'll save you some dough.

My question to you:  Is that awesome?  Is it thievery?  Or is it a gray area in-between?  What's done is done, and I'm keeping this charger (and hiding it from the damn dog...) but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter...
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23 witty retorts:

Zombie said...

My old cat used to chew through every important wire I had in my apartment. damn cat...

Pickleope said...

Grey area...morally ambiguous...because I will be using this tip. Think I can get a baby this way?
Based on the thousands of dollars in merchandise the dog has and will cost you, it's the smallest reward you could ask for in exchange for not putting that dog down. That's how karma works, right?

Lady Estrogen said...

That is a great score, nevermind!
Nice one :)

Our f'in dog chewed the arm off our less-than-one-year-old leather couch... I was NOT f'in impressed.

The Angry Lurker said...

Acceptable but only just.

Tony Van Helsing said...

I think you are on safe moral ground here. You don't know how long the charger was in the lost property box. If the owner doesn't turn up for it in thirty days then the finder can claim it.

Kid Shuffle said...

haha, what a picture

i.Mo said...

great post. has taken some time to read.

Adsila said...

Great idea. I never would have thought of that. Also, I have lost several items to our American Cocker especially pillows.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

As a front desk clerk at a hotel I can say that many people leave chargers behind and pillows and shoes and vibrators and well you get the idea. So sure ask if they have your charger, they'll just have a ton more.

Matthew MacNish said...

I'd call that recycling. The thing was just going to waste.

GT said...

Haha, cool post!:)

MRanthrope said...

this is clever but sucks for the people who lose crap and try to recover it later...like me when I left my digital camera charger at a hotel in Arizona. Called them as soon as I got home and they're like...we don't have anything. Bastards.

Shutterbug said...

It is a bit of a gray area. If I lost something, I would most likely assume it's lost and I will never see it again. So if people never claim their lost items, it doesn't hurt anyone, if you claimed it for yourself.

Jazz bazooka said...

there is a simple trick you can teatch your dog, it's called catch a brick from the roof

D4 said...

Chewers. When pups are chewers, there's not much you can do, but after they grow I find running with them (exercise!) really calms them down. Not even daily, just a few times a week.

And that's fine in my opinion. If I lose something that I'm not gonna go back for, let someone else have it.

Mama Spaghetti said...

You just went up a notch in my book: that is freakin' awesome! (You were already pretty high in my book, but every notch counts, right?)

Seriously, I love the cleverness. Nice work.

Wish I had some advice for the dog.

Powdered Toast Man said...

that is the same way I get my free dildo and toothbrush.

Vapid Vixen said...

Umm...I don't see the problem. The chances of anyone actually returning to a hotel for a charger? Get real. It would probably get tossed in a month. Creative thinking is meant to be rewarded. I give you a gold star and two virtual chargers. Yup. TWO.

Vapid Vixen said...

Okay, I just read the other comments and I can't let this go. iMo. What? It's taken some time to read? Okayyyy...if English is your second language. Or you're...okay, know what? I gotta just let this go.

Timothy Bowen said...

i'm pretty sure this is simply awesome

Mynx said...

Soooo, you didnt by chance claim the expensive aftershave hubby left in a hotel room once? We did call but they never saw it.
I think that is a great idea. I see plenty of people paying COD for stuff they have left behind in hotels. Would you believe even pillows?
Chargers are a very common left behind thing

@ Vapid Vixen - I thought the same thing. Perhaps they are related to a certain commenter I get often.

Courtney said...

I think it's time to put a muzzle on the dog.

Thank, Q said...

Dude, that photo of the horse chasing the dog is hilarious! I'd be doing a Usain Bolt impersonation, too!

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