About 8 months ago I wrote an entry here regarding bad hotels that people had stayed in. It featured a link to MSNBC's web site that showed a number of pictures from people to substantiate their claims.
Thanks to Burt Gearhart who forwarded me a video that I'd seen a few weeks ago regarding the cleaning practices of some of the mid-to-upper scale hotels in the Atlanta area. The report from last November was done by an investigative team from Fox 5 - WAGA in Atlanta after being tipped off on how the cleaning staff "cleans" glasses in guest rooms.
The next video is the follow-up story by Fowle to the original story where they go to two upscale hotels and report their findings:
As an aside in the second story, I've stayed at the Renaissance Concourse hotel in Atlanta, and I did stay once at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, but at the one in the Buckhead area and not the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta that's featured in the story. But one would have to think their cleaning standards are the same.
Still, it seems this practice is rampant among hotels in Atlanta - whether they be mid-priced to elite hotels. And you can almost be certain it's happening elsewhere across the nation.
At most hotels, I usually just drink out of plastic cups that have been wrapped in plastic, or I drink out of water bottles. If a glass glass is available in a bathroom and I need to rinse my mouth, I'll usually just cup my hands and gather water that way.
These are pretty compelling videos and it really makes you wonder. If you know someone who travels quite a bit, direct them to this entry. Hopefully they've seen these clips before, but if not I'll just say, "You're welcome!"