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This Woman Was Jailed For 3 Months For Stealing From Her Hotel

No, we're not talking about those complimentary shampoo bottles.
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I don't know about you, but whenever I stay at a hotel with my family—nuclear or extended—there's always that one person who's on a mission to hoard as many hotel amenities before check-out time. And when it comes to bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion, the truth is, most hotels expect them to disappear. 

But how do you know when you're crossing the line?

Depending where you are, the consequences for stealing things more valuable than bathroom amenities can equal to jail time. In 2010, Bilikisu Dowodu, a woman from Nigeria, was jailed for three months for stealing two hotel towels. 

Of course, hotels don't always react this way. So what else could happen? According to NBC, hotels have a "no stay" list—a list they happily share with other hotels. That means if you steal from one hotel, you might find it difficult to book a stay at a completely different one.

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To customers, stealing one coffee mug or robe might not be too much, but those losses can cost hotels up to $100 million a year. Remember that the next time you see a relative trying to walk out with more than just that complimentary toothbrush. 

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