can hotels dispense aspirin complimentarily, like razors or toothpaste?
August 21, 2008 8:12 PM Subscribe
Is there a reason the hotel I stayed at offered toothpaste, toothbrushes and razors to guests who forgot them, but not aspirin?
posted by Lucinda to travel & transportation (36 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We were staying at a "four diamond" hotel in Toronto last night, and I woke up about 1am with a wicked headache.
I went down to the front desk to see if they had any aspirin/Tylenol/whatever, since I hadn't packed any, and was told they were sorry, but the gift shop had closed and the convenience store across the street was also closed and that I was out of luck.
So, all I could do was put a cold cloth on my head and wait it out for the next six hours, until the gift shop opened and I could buy a ($10) bottle of Excedrin.
All I could think during that time was that they offered complimentary toothbrushes, toothpaste and razors to guests who forgot theirs (and who could easily purchase them in the gift shop or from the convenience store across the street), but they couldn't give me two measly aspirin when I was desperate for them. (The hotel had no vending machines either.)
The only reasons I could figure were that (a) there is some law that prohibits the hotel from dispensing medicine to guests, or (b) they're money-grubbing scum who wanted to squeeze $10 out of me for a bottle of Excedrin.
Anyone have an idea?