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Canadian hotel offers amnesty to thieves
"The amnesty part means there are no questions asked," said Deneen Perrin, the hotel's director of public relations, in a telephone interview with Gadling on Wednesday. "It doesn't matter whether your grandmother took a silver spoon and put it in her purse or if someone's parents maybe worked in the hotel and took something, we'll take it back."
Perrin said that the hotel has had a steady stream of returns, both in person and through the mail. Many of the mail returns had no return address and some who return items in person place them on the front desk and slink out. One gentleman pulled up in front of the hotel and handed a bellhop a circa-1912 doorknob from the hotel before speeding off. Others have sent in old stationery, a print likeness of the hotel, swizzle sticks, teacups, china, old brass keys, and a 20's era utility knife with the hotel logo on it.
"I'm not sure about that one," she said. "We'd consider it."
The hotel opened on June 1, 1912, with rooms going for $2 a night. The opening of the hotel was actually delayed by several weeks because the man who was to manage the place died on the Titanic. Perrin said that the hotel plans to open an exhibit featuring all of the returned items from the last century on June 1 this year.
According to Perrin, everyone who makes a return seems to have an alibi. Some better than others.
"Everyone who calls says, 'now I have something but I swear I didn't steal it,'" she said.