Revealed: Europe's dishonest globetrotters
Friday 04 June 2010
Ever "borrowed" a bathrobe? You're not alone - a new study has suggested that many European travelers are willing to lie to and even steal from hotels when they're on vacation.
The research, which was conducted by online booking site Hotels.com, revealed that 58 percent of Italians, 48 percent of Spaniards and 47 percent of French people are comfortable lying to obtain something.
In France, 74 percent of respondents said that they wouldn't mention an expense omitted from their bill, while 68 percent of Italians and 65 percent of British travelers agreed.
Globetrotters that love to snaffle bathrobes on the go can also take some comfort in the figures, with 54 percent of Swedes admitting that they don't hesitate to steal a little memento such as slippers, a bathrobe or towels from their room.
At 50 percent, Irish travelers were the second most prolific thieves, while the British came in third with 48 percent saying that they were kleptomaniac travelers.
The research also revealed that bluffing a honeymoon to secure a room upgrade actually works, with 56 percent of French travelers and half of Spanish travelers saying that they had managed a superior quality room thanks to their lie.
Half of Norwegians and 33 percent of Italians said that they had managed a bottle of champagne, while 28 percent of Danes had received a discount.
Hotels.com surveyed 1,639 European travelers in March 2010.
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