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Hotel/period mishap - warning: gross.

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ProcrastIWillFinishThisLater Tue 13-Jan-15 22:55:29

I'm pretty sure I did something unreasonable - but I don't know what I should have done!

I was at a hotel, I woke up and my period had arrived, all over the bed! I stripped the bed, folded up all the sheets etc and put them on the towel on the bathroom floor (so you couldn't see the bloody bits, and would be able to pick up the stuff without touching any blood). I left a note on the bed saying 'Sorry about the bedsheets and towel, I wasn't expecting my period, sorry' and I left a tenner on it. Obviously nobody should have to deal with that at work, on the other hand, what else could I have done? Maybe should have washed them in the shower, thinking about it. Shit. What would you have done, and WIBU?

Clobbered Tue 13-Jan-15 22:57:17

Don't worry, it won't be the first time they've dealt with it and it won't be the last. You were very considerate to bother leaving a note and a tip. The only thing you could have done was to rinse the blood yourself, but for goodness sake don't beat yourself up about it.
Shit (and other stuff) happens.

MistletoeBUTNOwine Tue 13-Jan-15 22:59:03

I don't think you could have done anything else.
DS did a baby poo explosion on our hotel bed sheets last summer. I was shockconfusedblush rinsed them in the bath and told the maid I was sorry.
These things happen.

OddFodd Tue 13-Jan-15 23:00:25

As a former chambermaid, I think you've been very considerate. Believe me, I've seen a lot worse (you don't want to know). All the laundry goes in big hampers and is boiled in massive machines with very little human input.

RudeBarbandCustard Tue 13-Jan-15 23:01:35

Oh you poor thing, what a horrible thing to happen.

I think you did everything you could, more than most would have done. I'm sure the housekeeping staff have seen worse.

I can't think of anything else you could have done - trying to wash the sheets in the shower would have just made it worse. Had any soaked through to the mattress?

flowers for your traumatic experience, and wine and cake for your period!

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Tue 13-Jan-15 23:01:38

It's fine.

Imagine all the semen they have had to deal with.

KingJoffreyObviouslyWatchesHol Tue 13-Jan-15 23:01:38

They'll have seen worse.


And you've apologised. Hopefully the cleaner is a woman and she'll totally understand.

FightOrFlight Tue 13-Jan-15 23:02:02

Believe me OP, the hotel staff will have seen a lot worse than that (shit and urine for example). Without being sexist, most housekeepers are female and will understand that this happens to most women at some point in their lives.

Very kind of you to leave a tip, I'm sure very few people would be that decent.

Only1scoop Tue 13-Jan-15 23:02:19

Happened to me....I took the duvet with me dp told them I'd had an awful
Nose bleed and offered to pay for it.

I wouldn't personally leave someone else to launder my blood

KingJoffreyObviouslyWatchesHol Tue 13-Jan-15 23:03:12

OddFodd I have a fascination with grimness and would love to hear your stories.

RudeBarbandCustard Tue 13-Jan-15 23:04:54

If it was only on the sheets, which you stripped and folded, then in actual fact, your room will be easier than other rooms since you've already stripped the bed for the cleaner.

The cleaner won't be the one doing the laundry, and may not even see the blood. So you probably made his/her day with that tip grin

FishWithABicycle Tue 13-Jan-15 23:06:15

you couldn't help it. you were completely reasonable. you didn't decide for this to happen.

avocadotoast Tue 13-Jan-15 23:06:45

I think you did the right thing. I remember being on holiday once when I was little and me and my mum were really unwell (d&v all night). Poor staff had to deal with the aftermath of that the day after (although obv my mum cleaned up as best she could). These things happen!

QueenBean Tue 13-Jan-15 23:06:51

Ooh yes please OddFodd, spill!

ProcrastIWillFinishThisLater Tue 13-Jan-15 23:10:45

Oh thank god, thank you everyone, that makes me feel much better. None had gone onto the mattress, thank goodness. Please tell your stories OddFodd.

RudeBarbandCustard Tue 13-Jan-15 23:13:52

Imagine all the semen they have had to deal with Oh god.

That's why those bedspread things, decorative cushions, and those strips of fabric that are draped across the bed - basically anything that's not changed every time they change the room - is immediately stripped off the bed and thrown on the floor when I stay in a hotel...

I once stayed at a hotel that had a Navy blue valance. I could see the come stains on it.... <shudder>

Only1scoop Tue 13-Jan-15 23:14:58

I ditch the bed adornments as soon as I enter room....any cushions ....throws....less is more

Justwhy Tue 13-Jan-15 23:32:52

Yes. DH things I'm mad but as soon as we get in the room cushions and throws are picked up with pinching fingers by their edges and put in the wardrobe. Yuck.

I would also be mortified OP but I think you did what was best.

ZingTheGreat Tue 13-Jan-15 23:50:40

these things happen, leaving the note is enough

don't worry about it

Theboodythatrocked Tue 13-Jan-15 23:53:15

You left a tenner?

You are a sweetie.

They will love you,

avocadotoast Tue 13-Jan-15 23:56:17

Rude my dad discovered this review of a really awful sounding hotel in TripAdvisor where someone had written that there was "blood on the bed and excitement all over the walls". So that navy valance could have been worse!

(^Excitement^, though, really. Best euphemism I've heard in a long time.)

kittykat7210 Tue 13-Jan-15 23:57:15

believe me you were more than considerate, if i were to work there i would be incredibly happy that someone left a note warning me about the sheet, and very surprised to find a tip! you did everything you should and more so really don't worry!

RudeBarbandCustard Tue 13-Jan-15 23:58:00

excitement all over the walls grin that could mean one of a number of bodily secretions...

sugar21 Wed 14-Jan-15 00:20:42

Hey I work in an hotel and believe me we see far far worse than period blood. We wear gloves while changing sheets/towels anyway and leaving a tenner tip is very very considerate. Don't worry OP I would not have raised an eyebrow. To make you feel better here are a few things left in rooms. Used condoms very often on floor or even in bed. Skiddies on sheets and towels. Bodily fluids in beds. Puke in bathroom usually down wall adjacent to loo. Pee all over bathroom floor where a nice drunk has "missed" and as I said on a different thread erm......... used vibrator. YABU

PhaedraIsMyName Wed 14-Jan-15 00:39:03

I would also be mortified OP but I think you did what was best.

There really is no need for anyone to be mortified. I'm sure there isn't a hotel anywhere this hasn't happened.

It happened to me on the second night in on a 2 week stay at a 5 star château hotel in France once. They dealt with it and put a double mattress protector on.

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