Friday, May 11, 2007

Hypocrisy of the day

Wordnet defines hypocrisy as
an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction

insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
Either way, the word was brought to mind by the card left in the bathroom of the Radisson hotel where we're staying. (In fact, it seems to be ubiquitous in hotels.)
Dear Valued Guest,

To minimize the impact on our natural resources, you have the choice of re-using your towels, or having freshly laundered towels provided daily. If you prefer to not re-use towels, please place them in the tub, and we will gladly provide you with fresh towels.
Does anyone seriously believe that the Radisson management cares one bit about its impact on our natural resources? It seems to me that there are two reasons hotels leave these cards in guest rooms.

The first is cost savings. It almost certainly costs less to print the cards than the savings the cards yield in reduced laundry and towel replacement expenses.

The second is a failed attempt at public relations. They may foolishly imagine that some of their guests might actually be naive enough to believe that the hotel is concerned about the environment and might therefore feel better about the hotel.

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