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Dialogue - Elf M. Sternberg
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I said, "Although I didn't succeed in turning my hotel room into a man-cave, what time I did spend in there I usually spent naked."

"But dear," Omaha said, "Don't you know about the hidden cameras?"

"Good," I said. "The maid service will know they have to decontaminate the office chair."

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nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: September 15th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have a head start in coming to terms with imminent Death of Privacy, I see.
autopope From: autopope Date: September 15th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hidden cameras?

NeedToKnowSoICanFreakThemOut ...
resonant From: resonant Date: September 16th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Treat it as an opportunity!

With the advent of cheap sensor packages, there might be a revolution in housekeeping and maintenance. Equip maids with earbuds and GPS trackers and have expert systems dictate instructions, micromanaging their activities. Reap savings as you only vacuum certain parts of the floors in certain rooms, or change one of the pillows on one of the beds. When required, don't waste labour by sending a maid at all, and call a hazmat team directly.

In large multi-stall washrooms, only clean the stalls which have exceeded a specified threshold of visitors. With higher resolution, you could adjust the thresholds based on the nature of the wastes being eliminated by the visitors.

Don't send staff to pick up litter on less-traveled pathways, don't send painting crews until the walls appear properly scuffed and peeling. Don't spend fuel stopping to empty a trash bin until the onboard transhbin sensor (or imagery from a microdrone flying overhead) detects that it's nearly full.

Or you could be more evil, and use sensors for cost recovery for items previously considered free. Charge by the sheet for toilet tissue. Charge extra cleaning fees for hotel guests with dandruff. If someone tosses trash in a wastebin, bill them a few pennies for landfill fees. If a hotel guest has a fever, and gives off more heat than average, bill them for extra air conditioning costs.
omahas From: omahas Date: September 16th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Treat it as an opportunity!

When required, don't waste labour by sending a maid at all, and call a hazmat team directly.

Or the police. Hotel shouldn't have to deal with the bodies at all. Discovery costs.

Or you could be more evil, and use sensors for cost recovery for items previously considered free.

For each hooker, there is an extra service charge. And for meeting your mistress, there will be a silence charge. Google image matching, you know.
autopope From: autopope Date: September 17th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Treat it as an opportunity!

For each hooker, there is an extra service charge. And for meeting your mistress, there will be a silence charge. Google image matching, you know.

Doesn't that establish an implicit contractual obligation on the part of the hotel to enforce silence -- among their employees? Could be a bit dangerous; disgruntled employees can talk, opening former employer up to risks of a lawsuit ...
omahas From: omahas Date: September 17th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Treat it as an opportunity!

I would imagine that the hotel would include that requirement in their contract with said employee as a type of NDA. I've seen much more ridiculous NDAs out there.
elfs From: elfs Date: September 17th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Treat it as an opportunity!

The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles apparently has some very serious employee NDA's and has a solid reputation for enforcing the privacy of its visitors.
omahas From: omahas Date: September 16th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I was, of course, joking. Elf decided to throw the joke back in my face. ;)
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