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Old 01-24-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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I always throw away the free bible I find in hotel rooms. I don't pay to stay in a hotel to be converted into someone else's religion.
I have nothing to confess but if you keep giving me ideas like this, I may well have something to confess before very long ...
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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I am a big follower of the "Bring a book take a book" concept.

So I often do take a Bible from hotels, leave one book of my own in its place, and then bring the bible to another place and swap it in turn for a new book... and so on and so forth.

On the occasions where I have ended up returning to a hotel room sometime later... the book I have left has _occasionally_ been still there. This is back when my job involved a lot of hotels. I am more settled in an office these days.
Judging from reality shows like Hotel Impossible, housekeepers only hit the items on their checklist, and I'm guessing that "make sure that Gideon Bible is still in the drawer and replace it if missing" would not be on the checklist except maybe occasionally in the Bible Belt. I'm not sure how the Gideons work but my guess is that they probably come back once or twice a year to resupply missing Bibles, otherwise if it's up to the hotel they will just get neglected or lost.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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I must say I like the idea of taking a book to replace the Bible...at least some people might bither to read it..but what would i do with all those Bibles?
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: IGO CA
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I always throw away the free bible I find in hotel rooms. I don't pay to stay in a hotel to be converted into someone else's religion.
Bmachina, funny you say that, as I've recently thought to do the same thing. Haven't yet, but think I will in the future !
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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I must say I like the idea of taking a book to replace the Bible...at least some people might bither to read it..but what would i do with all those Bibles?
Swap it for something else, somewhere else, in another "Bring one take one" area.

We have lots of these in Germany where I now live. Cafes like to have a "Bring one take one" shelf. You can occasionally find some gems.

The old red phone boxes in the UK have been used for this a lot recently.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:26 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I travel a lot for work. I almost never encounter a bible at hotels. Either they are not there or are being put in places I never look. I couldn't be bothered to throw one away if I did find it. Seems kind of pointless.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: SC
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I have nothing to confess but if you keep giving me ideas like this, I may well have something to confess before very long ...
You're most welcome
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:40 AM
 
Location: SC
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I travel a lot for work. I almost never encounter a bible at hotels. Either they are not there or are being put in places I never look. I couldn't be bothered to throw one away if I did find it. Seems kind of pointless.
Oh, they used to be in every nightstand it seemed. I noticed a decline nowadays. I think the practice is becoming obsolete. I also see a large increase in hotels owned and run by Middle Eastern families in some regions, and I suppose they would keep religious propaganda out of their businesses; might have something to do with it, who knows.

Don't get me wrong, I only trash them because they are given for free. I would never purposely throw away a book in say, a library, etc. I would not replace it with a book of my choosing either; in my eyes that is doing exactly to another as I do not want done to myself.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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I travel a lot for work. I almost never encounter a bible at hotels. Either they are not there or are being put in places I never look. I couldn't be bothered to throw one away if I did find it. Seems kind of pointless.
It's typically in a top bureau drawer in the US. I never use those drawers and so never look in them unless I'm hunting for a pencil and notepad or instructions for the WiFi that doesn't work anyway ...
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Oh, they used to be in every nightstand it seemed. I noticed a decline nowadays. I think the practice is becoming obsolete. I also see a large increase in hotels owned and run by Middle Eastern families in some regions, and I suppose they would keep religious propaganda out of their businesses; might have something to do with it, who knows.

Don't get me wrong, I only trash them because they are given for free. I would never purposely throw away a book in say, a library, etc. I would not replace it with a book of my choosing either; in my eyes that is doing exactly to another as I do not want done to myself.
I think MOST of the motels I've used in that past 10-15 years were owned by somebody named Patel, making me think that India is taking over the hospitality industry.
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