Thursday, July 14, 2005
Guest Safety in the Hotel
I don't know whether I should be frightened or comforted. I was cooking rice and for some reason it started smoking. It wasn't enough smoke to set off the smoke detector, but I didn't want to take the chance, so I opened the hotel room door to air out the room. Seconds later, a Chinese guard in a grey uniform and hat was standing by my door to see if everything was okay. Coincidentally, those same seconds later, I decided that it was a dumb idea to open the door since there really wasn't any smoke. I went to close the door; I saw the guard's face and I screamed. I didn't realize he was standing there. Apparently, our door has a sensor which indicates when it is open and when it is closed. I noticed this device on the door when I first entered the hotel, but I didn't know what it was for. I suppose a door opened at 2:30 am and left open for more than a minute can sound an alarm at the front desk that something is wrong. Despite my freight at seeing a Chinese face looking in my door, I actually am comforted that the hotel is keeping on top of the safety of its guests.