Post # 16
npoliver : If it was anyone, I’d bet it was Sarah. She is the only one who doesn’t have anything to lose in this situation.
Sarah certainly wouldn’t lose her job because she already did the job for you and got paid. Honestly, I doubt any housekeeper would risk their job and livelihood for some used bottles of perfume.
And Sarah is the least likely to get caught. You will never see her again. You won’t interact with her. You won’t go to her house. There is no way you would ever know if she took it.
Post # 17
What a strange thing to happen!
In contradiction to what seems to be the above consensus, I can’t see your wedding coordinator being the culprit. As a fellow event coordinator I speak from experience that noticing the small details is a big part of the job. You’re constantly scanning rooms to see what is out of place and what needs to be tidied or managed. It’s a safe bet that if she noticed the garbage/confetti she noticed the perfume. What is more, as a wedding coordinator your whole reputation is based on your ability to provide a stress free day. Even if you are a poor coordinator, stealing from the bride is unlikely to be the place where you would cut corners. There is just too much risk.
Given that both bottles are missing and that they were originally in different locations, my assumption would be that they were likely placed together somewhere… perhaps with glassware… and made their way into the kitchen or the garbage by mistake. Or, maybe they were lumped together with your gifts? I’d also double check that there were no hidden cabinets in the bathroom that you may have missed. I had a friend who was convinced that her housekeeper was stealing from her until she realized that what she had thought were simply bathroom mirrors were actually built in cabinets. It was a seriously akward sitution…
Post # 18
Of course Sarah would blame housekeeping. How predictable!
Post # 19
Please tell me I’m not the only one who read the title and thought someone got murdered…
Post # 20
One time we stayed at a hotel on vacation and my husband had forgot his (used) swim trunks in the bathroom. We returned to the hotel less than an hour after we checked out and the suit had gone missing and nobody knows what happened to it. I think hotel staff steal more often than we’d like to admit.
Post # 21
I wore an antique pin on my wedding dress as a tribute to a loved one. After the reception, I put the pin on the table in my hotel room. The next morning my sisters packed my belongings as I left for my honeymoon. When I got home, I searched but couldn’t find the pin anywhere and asked my sisters about it. They weren’t sure they had packed it and thought it could have been left at the hotel. I called the hotel, the housekeeping manager told me she hadn’t seen it and no one had turned it in – ‘but why would they?’ I thought to myself. It was beautiful and it was left behind. Or so I thought. It turned up over a year later when I was packing my house to move. It was stashed inside the envelope with my wedding invitation (which I had brought for the photographer). I really thought the pin was lost forever and was so relieved to find it, but even more relieved I didn’t accuse anyone of taking it.
I hope your perfumes turn up as well. I would be surprised if someone took them with the risk of getting caught and losing their job or damaging their reputation, and also because scent preferences are so particular. Is it possible they ended up in a bag or box mixed in with the gifts? Did anyone help transport your belongings after the wedding? Could they have been left in a bag or box in their car?
Post # 22
I’m with Horseradish, I bet it was some ridiculous accident of someone accidentally throwing a bunch of stuff in a purse, or it getting knocked into bedsheets, etc. Hopefully not into a trash can, hopefully they’ll turn up. That happened with sunglasses of mine once – they went missing at a hotel, I was pissed, they turned up in an industrial washing machine (broken, so they got replaced).
No one steals two used bottles of perfume.
Post # 23
I’m guessing that either the cleaning staff mistook the bottles for half-finished liquor bottles and tossed them (were they the right size/shape? Were they labeled?), or they got packed with something else. I hope it’s the latter.
I once misplaced a very large pair of boots while moving. Unpacked everything, checked the closets several times over, and they were just gone. We’d had a bunch of strangers in and out of the apartment, but I couldn’t understand who could have taken them, or why… yes, they were construction steel-toes, but in a small women’s size! They turned up in the closet months later. Looks like either they had been shoved behind something big the whole time, or I’d been so stressed by the move that I’d been looking right at them and not realizing it.
Post # 24
My money would be on the bottles accidentally being tossed in with the gifts.
Post # 25
Have they shown up by any chance???
Post # 26
Just to update: The perfumes haven’t shown up and I’ve since replaced them. My husband and I received two free nights at the hotel. Everyone who was in the room still claims that they saw them where they last were and/or don’t know what happened to them.
It’s been a month and neither of them have turned up with any gifts or other belongings of mine or my friend’s/family’s. Unfortunately where they were placed in the hotel room rules them out of accidentally being thrown in with sheets or towels. I seriously doubt anyone would mistake them for liquor bottles (they really don’t look anything like liquor IMO) but I guess it’s not completely out of the question. Stranger things have happened.
Post # 27
sorry to hear they never showed up. I don’t know what perfume it was, but I do know there’s a thriving secondhand market on ebay for new/unused as well as partly used bottles of some perfumes. For example, Christian Dior’s Poison. Apparently they changed the formula sometime (around 2000 I think?) and vintage bottles containing the old formula can fetch a good price. I had wondered if someone took the perfume bottles due to a similar situation.,
Post # 28
It was Sara…..in the hotel room…..with her greedy little paws……