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November 12, 2003 03:03 AM

Broken: No-smoking ashtray

Tobin Stearns writes:

I always ask for a non-smoking room when I travel. The old scent of cigarette smoke is annoying, tends to get installed in my fresh clothing and can keep me up at night. So, when I stayed in a Motel 6 recently, I requested an upstairs, non-smoking room.

When I went up to our room, I was pleased to see a No Smoking sign on the door, and another sign inside the room.

But, when I looked a little closer, I noticed that the notice inside the room was on an ashtray - ?

Are you supposed to go stand outside your room with the ashtray in your hand? I dunno.


The ashtray is to put out the cigarette you thought you could smoke but now realise you can't. It saves stubbing it out on the floor!

Posted by: wally at November 12, 2003 09:02 AM

Last time I stayed at a hotel that did this, the ashtray worked wonderfully well as a coaster...

Posted by: codeman38 at November 12, 2003 03:41 PM

Not a bad design at all. That's actually a very good design. The no smoking sign is in the one place everyone who is about to light up will look.

Posted by: Joel Spolsky at November 12, 2003 07:14 PM

i think that this is a very good idea! Because that is one of the places a smoker would look befor they were about to smoke.ˆ

Posted by: micc at January 9, 2004 09:33 AM

if the room doesnt smell like smoke, then who cares where the sign is? if it does smell like smoke, then simply ask for another room. its not THAT big of an ordeal is it?

Posted by: poopaholic at January 14, 2004 07:50 PM

An ashtray makes for a very convenient change-and-keys dish.

Posted by: keebler at April 1, 2004 06:16 PM

poopaholic: Having to ask for another room is an unacceptable PITA. If I ask for a nonsmoking room, it's not unreasonable for me to expect a room that does not reek of smoke.

Overall comment: Notice it's a sticker affixed to the UNDERSIDE of the ash tray. Non-smoking room now, but flip over the tray and voila! Smoking room! Truly multi-functional. (Yes. Sarcasm.)

Posted by: Brian at March 17, 2005 02:21 PM

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