Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Surprise treats

Filed under: corporate life,surprises — alison @ 11:45

I was in Mississauga Monday when I discovered that I was working in Toronto Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. I sighed (ok, I fussed) and reserved a room at a good downtown Toronto hotel for Tuesday night.

To avoid traffic, and to be able to meet my counterparts before my day started to get an idea of what exactly I was expected to be doing in the Toronto office, I took my taxi in from Mississauga at 6h30 and was at my hotel before seven. They had a clean room for me right away, so I took my key and went upstairs to leave my bag.

Hotel doors have heavy springs to make sure they shut behind you every time. To get in you need to arrange your bags right behind you, unlock the door, open it and immediately turn around to hold it open with your bum, then back into the room dragging your bags. As I was backing in I heard the radio, which I thought was not quite right for this particular hotel: usually they have the television on softly – an in-house channel with wildlife – for a little light and a little company for business travellers hauling themselves in late at night. Backing past the bathroom, I noticed a towel on the floor. Turning around, I saw a naked man holding his pants in front of him. He suggested that perhaps I had the wrong room? I agreed that perhaps I did and went down to the front desk to tell them that I needed a different room and that the gentleman I had just disturbed probably needed a phone call.

For the shock and consternation they caused me, I got a free upgrade to a junior suite with a complimentary fruit basket and mini-bottle of maple syrup. I don’t know what the poor naked man got: I hope a free room next time he stays at the hotel.


  1. I love how cooly you both handled this. I have a feeling if this had happened in the US there would be lawsuits alleging sexual harassment, mental cruelty, god only knows what.

    Comment by ina — Thursday, July 26th, 2007 @ 08:27

  2. Was this a fun start to a long day, or yet another example of how they grind us down…

    Comment by vc — Thursday, July 26th, 2007 @ 09:03

  3. merveilleux….

    Comment by Mansa — Thursday, July 26th, 2007 @ 09:26

  4. What a shocker! lol
    Poor naked dude, I wonder what was going through his mind?

    Comment by bea — Saturday, July 28th, 2007 @ 17:47

  5. I have received bottled water, cookies, mints, assorted “specialized” hair and beauty products, but maple syrup? Cheers, I suppose.

    Nice to read you alison cummins. I would note, however, that being the evidence-based punk that I am, for now, I can only take your suggestion of adding worms to my diet under advizement. ;-)

    Comment by foofoo5 — Sunday, July 29th, 2007 @ 13:07

  6. LOL
    Very cooly handled indeed!

    Comment by bp_hockey_chick — Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 @ 15:12

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