My sister does this. XD
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I don't take them for two reasons: firstly, I have my own stuff that I always take along and I'm quite happy with those products. I like to buy a special shower gel that is ph-neutral and very smooth on my skin because my skin gets irritated easily.
The second reason is that I find it morally questionable to just take these little soaps and bottles of shampoo. Unfortunately, people are very poorly informed and the vast majority of hotel guests who take these things wrongly believe that they may do so, that the hotels are giving these things away as little gifts. This, however, is not the case. ALL things you find in a hotel room and that are provided by the hotel (towels, night gowns, pens, tooth paste, shampoo, soap etc.) are legally speaking property of that hotel and solely intended to be used in that particular hotel. In other words: taking these things home or to another place equals theft. Any hotel that catches a guest stealing these products could theoretically sue them. Unsurprisingly, this happens very rarely (it has happened a few times in the past though) because it's not worth suing somebody for a few bucks.
But while you don't really have to fear any legal consequences, I still find it morally questionable. I know that most hotels have enough money to compensate for this stuff but does that automatically justify the act of stealing? How come so many people steal in hotels but don't steal when they go grocery shopping for example? Or what about stealing a pen at your friend's house? Surely, he/she has enough money to buy a new pencil or pen, right? Is the only reason people don't steal at Wal-Mart but they steal while on vacation that they fear getting caught if they put an apple in their purse while grocery shopping? And what does this say about the moral compass of the individual person? If the only reason I'm not committing a crime is that I'm scared to get caught, doesn't that make me a bit of a hypocrite? Doesn't it mean I'm doing the right thing for the wrong reason? I personally believe that stealing is wrong in all cases, so I try hard to remain an honest person even if temptation is high.1
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