The Most Ridiculous Things Stolen from Hotels

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from watching too many episodes of “The Crimes That Shocked The Nation”, it’s that hotel rooms are a hotbed for crime.

People seem to think that since they’re in a room away from home, they can get away with stealing anything and everything they want.

People take from hotel rooms all kinds of things: mini-bar items, toiletries, towels, you name it. But some of the most ridiculous items stolen from hotels are ones that you wouldn’t expect at all.

Here are some of the craziest things people have swiped from their hotel rooms. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of bathrobes involved.

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Among the most bizarre items stolen from hotels is the showerhead. In one instance, a guest at a hotel in London stole a showerhead right off the wall. It’s unclear why someone would want to steal a showerhead, but I guess it’s just another example of the strange things people will do when they’re on vacation.


It’s no secret that bathrobes are popular items to steal from hotels. They’re just pieces of clothing, easily foldable, making them easy to grab and go without being noticed. The bathrobes at 5-star hotel rooms can be really soft and high-quality, so there’s some incentive for thieves as well. 


Another popular, yet always bizarre item to steal from hotels is toiletries. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, razors – all of these things can be easily grabbed and taken with you when you leave. In fact, many people make a habit of stealing these items every time they stay in a hotel room.

What makes stealing toiletries so bizarre is the idea that a person staying at a 5-star hotel would have such thin moral boundaries to take items worth a few bucks home.


Stealing toiletries and bathrobes can still make sense, but stealing light bulbs from a hotel room is just downright strange. I can’t imagine what someone would want to do with a lightbulb they stole from a hotel, but I’m sure there must be some reason why people do it. Perhaps they think that the lightbulbs from a five-star hotel are extra special or something?


Another bizarre item that’s been stolen from hotels is the mini-fridge. In one instance, a guest at a resort in Florida took a mini-fridge right out of his room. It’s strange how people even manage to get these small appliances out of the room, but I guess it just goes to show that anything is possible when it comes to hotel theft.

Bathroom sink

You read that right- a whole bathroom sink. In one instance, a guest at a hotel in Berlin actually swiped his bathroom sink. Sinks are very heavy items and to just carry them out of a hotel in a bag would be no easy feat, but that didn’t stop this guest from trying. It’s unclear why he wanted to take a sink home with him, but we’re hoping they found a use for it eventually.

Toilet seat

Another odd item that has been stolen from hotels is the toilet. It’s not clear why someone would want to steal a toilet seat or a toilet, maybe they thought they could resell it? Or perhaps they just needed a new one for their house and thought why not?

Whatever the case, it’s extremely weird for a person to be stealing toilet seats from a hotel, wouldn’t you agree?


A bedspread might not seem like a very valuable item, but evidently, some people think it’s worth stealing. There have been several cases of people stealing bedspreads from hotels- sometimes even taking the whole bedspread off the bed.

It might seem like a harmless prank, but in the end, it costs money for the hotel to replace items that were stolen and lost revenue due to customers not being able to sleep in their beds because all of the bedding was gone.


There you have it — the craziest things reported as having been stolen from hotels around the world. You wouldn’t expect most of these thefts to have actually taken place, but they did.

What’s weirder in these cases is that most of these items get stolen from a 4 or a 5-star hotel room. It’s unclear why any person who has enough money to stay in a 5-star hotel room would steal toiletries, bathrobes, or bathroom sinks from a place.

These unclear motives just intensify the peculiarity of these crimes that have time and again taken place, making them more ridiculous than ever.

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Jay Patton is a serial traveler and adventure seeker, based in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys hiking, running, and traveling the world, and is always on the lookout for the next big adventure.