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My grandparents, who loved to take regular overnight trips to Atlantic City for a little gambling, used to earn free hotel stays all the time. I always wondered why they packed so much for such a short drive until one day my grandmother told me they packed their own towels and sheets. Being a little kid, at first I dismissed it as just being something that older people did. But then I asked why they didn’t just use what was in the hotel room. “Nooooooooo honey, I wouldn’t sleep on those sheets if you paid me,” was the answer she gave me. I completely understand why now, and after watching this video, you will too. Yuck!

Inside Edition conducted their own undercover investigation into the sanitary – or unsanitary – bed prepping habits of nine hotel chains. Are your sheets really clean? To kick off their strategy, they had one individual check into the room for the night. With washable blacklight reactive spray paint, the team used a stencil to invisibly mark the bed sheets. The next morning before checkout, the bed was staged to look like it had been slept in, an indication to the housekeeping staff to change the sheets. On the following day, a new individual was sent in to check in under a different name, but for the same exact room. At the front desk, the clerk happily stated the room was made brand new for this new guest. The UV light revealed the stenciling was still etched into the sheets. They hadn’t been changed! Gross!

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