I've been away from home three nights this week traveling for work. I’ve been trying to reduce the number of road trips but at certain times, it’s just impossible.
Checking into the third hotel this week, the young lady at the front desk was quite helpful. She made sure I was aware of the amenities the hotels had and where they were located. Then she handed me one of those electronic keys the size of a credit card.
I placed the key in a small notepad I carry in my back pocket and noticed I still had keys from the previous hotels that I had forgotten to turn in. Gathering my suitcase and computer, I headed to the room.
Standing outside the hotel door, I put my luggage down, took a key out, and inserted it in the door. The light flashed red – access denied. I inserted the card again. Red light – access denied.
This has happened before so I know a few tricks. I slowly insert the key. Red light – access denied. I slid it in fast, red light - access denied. Okay, I was getting a little frustrated but tried it fifteen more times. Every time I got a red light – access denied.
Somewhat irritated (okay I was really irritated) I gathered my suitcase and laptop and headed back to the front desk. Naturally, when I got there a line of four or five people were ahead of me. I patiently waited my turn (no, really, I was patient – I had nowhere to be). As I approached the front desk, the same lady who checked me in looked up, smiled, and said, “Hi Mr. Campbell is your room satisfactory?”
I handed her the key and told her I didn’t know the key wouldn’t open the door. She smiled and immediately gave me the key back while saying, “I glad to hear that. This key isn’t for our hotel.” Looking at the key, I realized I was using the electronic key from a previous hotel.
Heading back to the elevator with the right key in my hand I thought to myself, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”