Dear Maid,


Please do not leave any more of those little bars of soap in my bathroom since I have brought my own bath-size Dial. Please remove the 6 unopened little bars from the shelf under the medicine chest and in the shower soap dish. They are in my way.


Thank you.


S. Berman


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Dear Room 635,


I am not your regular maid she will be back tomorrow (Thurs) from her day off. I took the 3 hotel soaps out of the shower soap dish as you requested. The 6 bars on your shelf I took out of your way and put on top of your Kleenex dispenser in case you should change your mind. This leaves only the 3 bars I left today which my instructions from the management is to leave 3 soaps daily I hope this is satisfactory. If anything else comes up please call Mrs. Corum in the linen room.


Kathy (relief maid)


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Dear Maid (I hope you are my regular maid),


Apparently Kathy did not tell you about my note to her concerning the little bars of soap. When I got back to my room this evening I found you had added 3 little Camays to the shelf under my medicine cabinet. I am going to be here in the hotel for two weeks and have brought my own bath-size Dial so I won't need those 6 little Camays which are now on the shelf. They are in my way when shaving, brushing teeth, etc. Please remove them.


S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,


My day off was last Wed so the relief maid left 3 soaps which we are instructed by the management. I took the six soaps which were in your way in the shelf and put them in the soap dish where your Dial was. I put the Dial in the medicine cabinet for your convenience. I didn't remove the 3 complimentary soaps which are always placed inside the medicine cabinet for all new check-ins and which you did not object to when you checked in last Monday. Also I did place 3 hotel soaps on your shelf as per my instructions from the management since you left no instructions to the contrary. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance or call the linen room her name is Mrs. Korm.


Have a pleasant stay.


Your regular maid, Dotty


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Dear Mr. Berman,


The assistant manager, Mr. Kensedder, informed me this a.m. that you called him last evening and said you were unhappy with your maid service. I have assigned a new girl to your room. I hope you will accept my apologies for any past inconvenience. If you have any future complaints please contact me so I can give it my personal attention. Call extension 1108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Thank you.


Elaine Carmen, Housekeeper


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Dear Miss Carmen,


It is impossible to contact you by phone since I leave the hotel for business at 7:45 a.m. and don't get back before 5:30 or 6 p.m. That's the reason I called Mr. Kensedder last night. You were already off duty. I only asked Mr. Kensedder if he could do anything about those little bars of soap. I did not want a new maid. The new maid you assigned me must have thought I was a new check-in today, since she left another 3 bars of soap in my medicine cabinet along with her regular delivery of 3 bars on the bathroom shelf. In just five days here I have accumulated 24 little bars of soap. I'm beginning to dread the next 9 days. Why are you doing this to me?


S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,


Your maid, Kathy, has been instructed to stop delivering soap to your room and remove the extra soaps. If I can be of further assistance, please call extension 1108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Thank you.


Elaine Carmen, House keeper


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Dear Mr. Kensedder,


My bath-size Dial is missing. Every bar of soap was taken from my room including my own bath-size Dial. I came in late last night and had to call the bellhop to bring me a bar of soap so I could take a shower. He brought me 4 little Cashmere Bouquets.


S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,


I have informed our Housekeeper, Elaine Karmin, of your soap problem. I cannot understand why there were no soaps in your room since our maids are instructed to leave 3 soaps each time they service a room. The situation will be rectified immediately. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience. If you prefer Cashmere Bouquet to Camay, please contact Mrs. Karmin on extension 1108.


Thank you.


Martin L. Kensedder, Assistant Manager


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Dear Mrs. Carmen,


Who the hell left 54 little bars of Camay in my room? I came last night and found 54 little bars of soap. I don't want 54 little bars of Camay. I want my one damn bar of bath-size Dial. Do you realize I have 58 bars of soap in here? All I want is my bath-size Dial. Give me back my bath-size Dial.


S. Berman


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Dear Mr. Berman,


You complained of too much soap in your room so I had them removed. Then you complained to Mr. Kensedder that all your soap was missing so I personally returned them; the 24 Camays which had been taken plus the 3 daily Camays. I don't know anything about the 4 Cashmere Bouquets. Obviously your maid Kathy did not know I had returned your soaps so she also brought 24 Camays plus the three daily Camays. I don't know where you got the idea that this hotel issues bath-size Dial. I was able to locate some hotel-size bath-size Ivory which I left in your room. We are doing our best here to satisfy you.


Elaine Carmen, Housekeeper


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Dear Mrs. Carmen,


Just a brief note to bring you up to date on my latest soap inventory. As of today I possess:


On shelf under medicine cabinet: 18 Camay in 4 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2.


On Kleenex dispenser: 11 Camay in 2 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 3.


On bedroom dresser: 1 stack of 3 Cashmere Bouquet, 1 stack of 4 hotel-size bath-size Ivory, 8 Camay in 2 stacks of 4.


Inside medicine cabinet: 14 Camay in 3 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2.


In Shower soap dish: 6 Camay (very moist).


On northeast corner of tub: 1 Cashmere Bouquet (slightly used).


On northwest corner of tub: 6 Camay in 2 stacks of 3.


Please ask Kathy when she services my room to make sure the stacks are neatly piled and dusted. Also, please advise her that stacks of more than 4 have a tendency to tip. May I suggest that my bedroom window sill is not in use and will make an excellent spot for future soap deliveries. One more item. I have purchased another bar of bath-size Dial which I am keeping in the hotel vault in order to avoid future misunderstandings.


S. Berman

Excerpt from A HOTEL IS A PLACE: "Little Soaps"

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