- 1 year ago
- Wedding: July 2018
Husband and I got married on Saturday and had an absolute blast. Everything was perfect – except for the part where two of my bottles of perfume were jacked from my room.
I know, it’s my own idiotic fault for leaving them setting out in the first place, but in my defense I had a lot of other things going on. 🙂
I got married in a hotel and so before I went downstairs to the ballroom for the ceremony, I sprayed myself with my own perfume and set the bottle on a little table behind the couch in the living area. The photographer had left the other bottle of perfume (the perfume my late grandmother wore) on a small side table after she was done taking pictures of it. My parents and all of the bridesmaids remember seeing both bottles before we left the room.
So, I look through absolutely everything in the room the next day. Under the couch, the bed, through all of the drawers, behind pillows, in the windowsills, in my suitcase, in my husband’s suitcase – everywhere. They’re both gone, and I know they didn’t just get up and walk away.
We talk to the hotel (and I even felt like a jerk having to call them and feeling like I was assuming an employee stole it) and the head of housekeeping who does some investigating. Apparently the new electronic keys keep a log of who has entered the room, how long they were in there, etc. So, if housekeeping came in at 1:30, it would say that.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The head of housekeeping says she went through the key log and it said that our wedding coordinator (let’s call her Sarah) was the last person in the room before my husband and I at 9:30pm to drop off our gifts. She asked Sarah if she’d happened to have seen two bottles of perfume. Sarah says she has and describes exactly where they were setting. Giving her the benefit of the doubt, we ask the head of housekeeping if maybe she had someone with her to help take all of those presents up to our room. We never get an answer, so I personally email Sarah to see if she happens to know anything else.
Well, Sarah claims that she wasn’t the last person in the room. She says that she noticed some trash hadn’t been emptied and there was confetti (from a card) on the floor, so she sent in housekeeping and says they were there for 10 minutes. She then says that in-room dining came in after for 30 seconds to drop off our champagne and strawberries.
I spoke with the manager of the hotel yesterday, and she said she spoke with the housekeeping employee who claimed they had no clue about any perfume bottles. As of yesterday she hadn’t spoken with the other employee involved yet.
I know nothing will probably ever come of this, but it’s just so bizarre and sickening to me. I was stolen from on one of the happiest days/nights of my life and in a hotel that my husband and I absolutely adore. It isn’t the monetary value of these items, but their sentimental value. One bottle was a gift from my husband on one of our first Valentine’s Days together, and the other was, of course, perfume my late grandmother wore. I want them back, and I want someone to be held accountable, but I know that’s pretty much next to impossible.
*ETA: I’d also like to point out that neither of these bottles would be particularly easy to make off with. One is very large, and the other is round/oddly shaped – not exactly good for putting in your pocket and running off. Also, the housekeepers each left a personal, handwritten note each time they came and cleaned the room (so, probably not a good idea to take something if you do that).
I’ve heard everything from, “Well it has to be housekeeping or the other staff member!” to “It was definitely Sarah. She’s the only one who knew exactly where they were, no one else probably would’ve paid much attention. She probably knows she can just pin it on housekeeping.”