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August 3, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: "Non-smoking" hotel room

Terrell Jones writes in:

I entered the “non smoking” room at a Motel 6 in Sacramento, California, only to find an ashtray.


So I called the front desk to complain and was told, “Oh, just turn it over, now it's a non-smoking room!”



That's brilliant! At least it's more hacker-proof than those door hangers with "Privacy please" on one side and "Please make up room" on the other. You can really screw with people by flipping them.

Posted by: klew at August 3, 2006 12:15 AM

Don't smoke, but if you do smoke, use an ashtray.

Fix TIB! Support IE!

Posted by: gmangw at August 3, 2006 01:24 AM

_@_v - i bet c.g.b. spender just chuckles to himself at those....

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at August 3, 2006 01:26 AM

two words GET FIREFOX and im running vista beta 2 and it even works with that

Posted by: arandomhobo at August 3, 2006 03:17 AM

Not broken. Just stupid.

Posted by: Haggai at August 3, 2006 08:26 AM

Firefox rules, and whoever agrees with me put the same thing... wait, what does this have to do with a hotel room?

Posted by: Sean at August 3, 2006 09:36 AM

Broken! The non smoking sign is upside down.

Posted by: Sean at August 3, 2006 10:02 AM

This would not be broken if they just took a stupid little ash tray out. But it makes you wonder, how many have smoked in your "non-smoking" room? Personally, as long as I can't smell it at all, I don't care.

Posted by: Ducky at August 3, 2006 11:53 AM

First of all, The whole no smoking and smoking/Privacy Please and Make up room are broken. Anyone could change it and cause a stir with either the guests or the hotel. Secondly, it isn't that hard to get Firefox. It is safer than Windows/Internet Explorer and It tends to run on about every platform.


Posted by: Cameron at August 3, 2006 12:07 PM

Where there's smoke, there's Firefox.

Posted by: KarmaBaby at August 3, 2006 02:46 PM

what I want to know is, has anyone actually sent a real post in to TIB that TIB is broken in IE


sorry, got on a roll there with my abbrv.

Posted by: Memnon at August 3, 2006 02:49 PM

Firefox is the better browser, but I prefer, and have no complaints about, IE. It certainly has no flaws significant enough to justify being unsupported, and it is still the most common browser.

Posted by: gmangw at August 3, 2006 04:58 PM

Some of us use the internet from places where we don't have the authority to install new software.

I can't borrow my friends computer EVERY time I want to post, and since I normally like to post from work (where I most often have internet access) I can't very well obtain administrative permission to install the program "so that I can post things online"

"Get rid of IE!" or "install something else!" is NOT a possible solution for everyone.

Posted by: SillyGirl at August 3, 2006 05:44 PM

Do nonsmoking rooms cost less? If so, someone could just order a nonsmoking room and flip the ashtray over ,and when they ask him why he's smoking, he'll just say it's because he saw an ashtray.

Posted by: Sean at August 3, 2006 07:43 PM

Has this turned into a broswer war or a discussion about the post?

Posted by: Ducky at August 3, 2006 09:51 PM

"Do nonsmoking rooms cost less? If so, someone could just order a nonsmoking room and flip the ashtray over ,and when they ask him why he's smoking, he'll just say it's because he saw an ashtray."

Or, you could just bring your own ashtray. But if you were really a smoker you should just pay the extra bucks to save the people, like me, who absolutely hate the smell of smoke.

Posted by: John at August 4, 2006 12:17 AM

"and it is still the most common browser."

- gmangw, Aug 3, 2006 4:58:19 PM

Well, we're trying to change that by making stuff incompatible with IE. That's the whole point. I don't care about the security aspect, it's the page rendering. I never hack my websites with W3C invalid code just to make it look nice. If you're stuck using IE, then just live with it. I'm sure you can just view source and parse it in your head.

Yes, I know it's a browser war. I have nothing intelligent to say about the original post because I don't find anything too broken with it, except how it was rotated incorrectly when the second picture was taken.

Hey, it's just a motel. Whaddy expect.

Posted by: Trent Chernecki at August 4, 2006 04:05 AM


Go to: About the new comments-system @

Go fight your war there.

Also read my last post there:

Someone tell me if Netscape works. To those with only IE:

Mozilla Firefox 1.5

Netscape Browser 8.1

Both are free, and work for PC and Mac.

Posted by: Sean at Aug 3, 2006 9:05:53 PM

Posted by: Sean at August 4, 2006 07:21 AM

Broken. The whole point of a non-smoking room is that it's not full of old stale smoke. You can't just turn a room into non-smoking by not smoking while you are there. Otherwise, what's the point of a non-smoking room?

Posted by: Melsky at August 4, 2006 09:19 AM

As long as your don't smell smoke, not broken. Otherwise, they really need to take out that ashtray.

Oh, while we're at browser wars... TIB should support Opera!!! It's faster and safer than Firefox :P

Posted by: *_*X0RS*_* at August 5, 2006 08:48 PM

Perhaps the ashtray sign is for the staff.

"Please dont smoke whilst making the beds please" sort of thing.

Which of course is broken since the room stil smells of the smoke from when it was a smoking room.

Posted by: arcticJKL at August 8, 2006 11:15 AM

If your a smoker and Bitch Enough they will give you a room if they have them... Done it many times... :)

If not they may point you to a hotel that is...

Posted by: Keith L. Dick at August 10, 2006 01:34 AM

someone in hotel staff got a good sense of humor. not broken.

Posted by: Gordonii at September 11, 2006 05:10 PM

I think not smoking is better than promoting a Web Browser. How on earth do people manage to even compare the two?

Posted by: Zeus at October 1, 2006 04:47 PM

you dont have to install firefox SillyGirl you can get portable browsers like

Posted by: star2gates at May 30, 2007 12:39 AM

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