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5.26.23 – View from the Wing –

A housekeeper at MGM’s Vdara in Las Vegas is accused of stealing more than $1 million in jewelry from a guest room consisting of “two Rolex watches, an Audemars Piguet watch, a Cartier watch, seven diamond Cuban link chains, a couple of bracelets and a gold ring.”

Here’s the story of tweedle dee and tweedle dumber:

  • The guests were traveling with over $1 million worth of jewelry. They left it unattended in their hotel room.
  • The housekeeper went into the room using her key card. She found the jewelry and took it. The woman called someone in prison – whose phone calls are recorded – to talk over doing the crime. She left the bed half-made and left cleaning supplies behind.

I’m genuinely not sure which party made worse choices here, except that the guests seem likely to recover their jewelry (if indeed they have proper ownership, and it’s three men sharing one hotel room – albeit at an ‘all suite’ hotel – yet they had over a million dollars in jewelry between them?) and the housekeeper seems likely to be convicted on charges related to the burglary.

If you’re the guest, maybe talk to the hotel about holding the jewelry for you? Or at least opt out of daily housekeeping and place a do not disturb on the room?

And if you’re the housekeeper, don’t get your life advice from someone who’s in prison (they already got caught!)? Oh, and she called the inmate back multiple times after doing the crime too.