Walking along the quiet corridors of the Marriott hotel at 05:40 this morning I noticed that the stressed parent and her friend’s room both sported Do Not Disturb hangers. I was reminded of the mirth that one can achieve with DND hangers and thought that I would share the technique. Our merry group of residents in Kent years ago worked out that simply moving DND hangers between doors offered only limited scope. For a nightshift worker having your DND transposed can result in being awakened by an unexpected intruder but most seasoned shift workers throw the latch on the door and the disturbance is then no more than the cleaners in the room next door.
The hotel chain that we used at this time offered an early breakfast service served in room, you simply annotated a hanger with your selection and the time at which you required service. During the early hours the night porter would collect all of the requests and associate them with the correct room. The problem in this plan is that the night porter cannot collect the cards until he has tipped out the last people from the bar, so the cards are still all on display when the drunks return to their rooms.
If you swap a DND with a carefully selected menu card then the result is far more entertaining. The person who has had a late night and wants a lay in gets a surprise and determined awakening from a breakfast laden room service. Those room service guys don’t take no for an answer, they will wake you up, they need a signature. Hungover and confused is not a good position to be in when a persistent person wants to give you breakfast, invariably confusion and politeness means you accept.
To all the people that had to explain room service breakfast on their bill, to those that calmed angry guests and to all those that sat patiently in their room waiting for a breakfast that never arrived I apologise now, but hey it made us laugh.