Once upon a time, Ross taught Chandler the complex rules when it comes to stealing from hotel rooms. Light bulbs? Yes. The lamps they come in? Unacceptable. Unfortunately, some people never saw that Friends episode, instead deciding to claim whatever isn't nailed down for themselves. It comes as no surprise that toilet rolls and towels are among the most stolen items, but some people go one step further. Read on for a list of the 10 strangest items stolen from hotels around the world.
A Grand Piano (Starwood Hotels)
Hotel guests may hope their stay will result in sweet love, but one small group of thieves preferred to make sweet music. Disguising themselves in overalls (presumably to look like professional movers), they were somehow able to lift an entire grand piano from the Starwood Hotel. And guess what, it worked.
A Marble Fireplace (Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire)
Perhaps the individuals who coveted and managed to pilfer an entire marble fireplace from the famous Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire were looking for some Outlander-style romance. Here’s hoping, for their sake, that they had Jamie and Claire’s stamina to go with it.
Busts (Chesterfield Hotel, Mayfair)
Some thieves may have been feeling lonely, and then regretful, or they only needed the busts they stole from the Chesterfield Hotel for a specific reason. Because ultimately they reneged on the robbery by sending the stolen property back anonymously the very next day via taxi.
The Room Number (Franklin Hotel, Knightsbridge)
If you want to grab a souvenir while on vacation — but a keychain or shot glass is too boring a choice — you might think the perfect alternative is the placard number outside a hotel room. At least this was apparently the case for someone staying at the Franklin Hotel in Knightsbridge.
Andy Warhol Artwork (W Hong Kong)
Some thieves just want to add a little culture to their lives — and not many people can afford to actually purchase an authentic Andy Warhol. The risky solution: steal one worth a measly $300,000 from the W hotel in Hong Kong. It certainly beats settling for a knockoff.
Curtains and Mirrors (Travelodge)
On a similar note, you have to hand it to people who apparently do their home decorating while staying in hotels. Because stealing curtains and mirrors from a no-frills place like Travelodge is still cheaper than visiting discount stores and piling everything up at the checkout counter.
A Chandelier (Shangri-La, Hong Kong)
Another great way for hotel guests to update their homes and throw all caution to the wind in the process is stealing oversized luxury items like chandeliers. This particular chandelier was stolen from the Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Imagine hauling that away without someone noticing, or shattering the expensive loot for that matter.
Medieval Sword and 4-Foot Wooden Bear
The Brits have a reputation for being posher than many other citizens of the world, so it only makes sense that one of its hotels would up the ante when it comes to items people want to steal. In one case, there was a medieval sword—along with a 4-foot wooden bear, no less—nabbed right out of the facility.
Sex Toys (The Residence, Bath)
No longer operating as the boutique hotel it once was, The Residence in Bath was a niche facility where amorous guests could purchase sex toys. But not surprisingly (that is, if you’re paying attention to the theme of this list), some people managed to steal them—though hopefully, they were all brand new ones.
Weekly Fresh Flowers (Sheraton Park Tower)
And with what would appear to be many different culprits responsible for these beautifully scented heists, the Sheraton Park Tower has regularly fallen victim to flower thieves over the years. Could their guests just be envious of the wholesale prices they probably get from rose and orchid depots?