OPINION: Is lying OK when it comes to hotel guest numbers?
MOST of my friends lie about this - and don't feel guilty for a second.
In fact, they encourage me to do it all the time.
Even people I know go to church seem to think this kind of untruth is perfectly acceptable.
It is lying about the number of children booked into a hotel room.
You see, it gets complicated after you've had two children.
When former Treasurer Peter Costello said the third is "one for the country", he wasn't kidding.
Because everything becomes so much more expensive, particularly holidays, when you factor in the third child.
Maybe it's the way I was brought up, but I always tell the hotel/ tourism operator the exact number of people staying in the room.
And this is when it becomes such a headache, because as soon as you add that third child, you are generally looking at having to book another room.
This is, most often, double the expense and for what… she sleeps with us anyway.
I understand the hotels have "fire safety regulations" and need to know the exact number of people booked in.
But that can vary anyway if you are having day visitors in any case.
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Surely, if you are prepared to share the room and put up with the knees and elbows in your head from the child sharing the bed with you, it should be your problem?
Caravan parks are just as bad, with sites charged for two people and then it's an extra $15 a night per child, in some cases.
Multiply that by three and you are looking at around $80 for a concrete slab!
Bookings for ferries, tourism attractions and so on often offer "family rates".
But for most, the version of a family is two kids or three kids and one adult.
It surprises me how many people have no compulsion about editing the truth to get the most cost beneficial outcome.
This also includes lying about the age of their child to qualify for discounts.
After all, why should a "kid's meal" come with an age limit? If you only want the smaller amount of food, surely it doesn't matter if your kid is 11 instead of the 10 year cut off.
I've been brought up being taught a "lie is a lie".
But it seems when it comes to looking for cheaper options for holidays, few people think this way.
What do you think - is it okay to lie about the number of people staying in your hotel room?