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January 20, 2004 02:51 AM

Broken: Another hotel card key

Daniel Brown writes in with another broken hotel card key:

I've seen some puzzling card keys, but this one took the cake. With the two snuggly bedmates facing me (right-side up), I slid the key into the door and got no response. 6 or 7 tries later, something compelled me to look at the key more closely. Upon moving my thumb, I realized that the directions on how to use the key were under it. The people in the bed had to be inserted feet-first into the door.


Daniel should have stayed at Day's Inn.

Posted by: Dave J. at January 20, 2004 12:14 PM

Wait, doesn't it have the little arrow that shows which end to slide it? That makes sence to me...

Posted by: never mind that at January 21, 2004 04:20 PM

I don't know - the arrow showing the direction of insertion looks pretty clear to me.

Posted by: Steve Jackson at January 21, 2004 07:25 PM

The arrow was, as described, pretty clearly under his thumb as he was attempting to use the card....

Posted by: Brooks Moses at January 22, 2004 08:54 PM

When you have a picture like that on a keycard, you'd naturally expect to put it headfirst, image up. Sure, there's a tiny arrow there, pretty well hidden by the image, but logic would dictate that the orientation of the image would indicate direction of insertion.

Plus, the guy looks pretty evil, no wonder the girl is hiding under the covers.

Posted by: Ummagumma at January 27, 2004 09:48 AM

Feet first?

Just like Saddam's shredders!

Posted by: evariste at January 27, 2004 07:21 PM

Thanks Brooke - I think I need to write my items a bit clearer rather than simply clever.

This key actually had almost exactly the same problem that the iron I posted about had - When using the item, it was physically impossible to read the directions for doing so (and in the case of the iron, a tiny bit dangerous.)

The arrow was TOO SMALL, TOO SUBTLE, and in exactly the wrong place.

Posted by: Daniel Brown at January 29, 2004 05:50 PM

The man does look evil, and the woman has a black eye. What exactly is the image that this hotel is trying to project?

Posted by: betaray at February 2, 2004 05:00 PM

Ladyfriend and I stayed at one hotel where we were given a 'real' key as well as those silly card things because, in the words of the counter staff, "The cards aren't always all that reliable." Which only goes to show you shouldn't keep trying to 'fix' something (old keys) until they're broke.

Posted by: S. Wolf at May 25, 2004 01:28 AM

Is that Jim Carrey?

Posted by: Wazoo_22 at July 7, 2006 08:18 PM

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