Via The Telegraph:
A man has been banned from a hotel for life after replying to a question about pets by telling staff he had a ”large snake in his trousers”.
Jason Payne, 35, made the joke as he filled out an online form to book a night’s stay at the Hilton in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
But under a section asking if he had pets he wrote the only animal he has is a ‘large snake in my trousers’ adding ‘hope that’s okay’.
The IT technician spent the night there on February 8 2014, but later received an email advising him staff wouldn’t let him stay there again.
Mr Payne was told the language was “abusive” and “neither appropriate nor funny” and banned for life.
The email from the front office manager apparently read as follows:
”After your recent stay with us here at the Hilton Basingstoke Hotel, I am sending you this email in regards to comments found on the booking.
“As an employer, we are not willing to accept that our team members are ever put in an uncomfortable situation, due to the abusive language a guest uses talking to them, writing to them or even on the booking form they fill in online.
“As you will understand, the booking comment made on your booking: ‘There’s a large trouser snake in my trousers. Hope that’s OK’ is neither appropriate when making a hotel booking, nor is it funny.
“At reception, the team members are required to confirm any requests or comments the guests have made in their bookings, which means any comment you make will most definitely get read (out), and I cannot interpret putting a comment like this onto a booking in any other way than trying to embarrass the person who will read it.
“As a hotel, like any other employer, we do not accept this kind of harassment of our team members and I would therefore like to let you know that we will not be able to accept any future bookings from yourself. ”
“Yours sincerely, Cathrin Wurst, front office manager.”
So clearly the guy is 35 going on 14. Beyond that, I’m not sure why he’d want to make this public, because surely you wouldn’t want your name associated with that joke for the rest of your life. At the same time, do you think a joke you’d expect from a 14 year old boy is a reason to be banned from a hotel?
Curious what you guys think!