The Waldorf Astoria in New York City has long been a byword for exquisite luxury, style and success.
From Franklin D. Roosevelt and Frank Sinatra to Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor, the hotel's guestbook reads like an A-list of twentieth century historical figures - not to mention tens of thousands of well-to-do tourists and travelers.
Over the years however some sticky-fingered guests have tried to claim a little bit of the Waldorf magic for themselves, checking out with hotel items as a souvenir of their stay.
Check out the gallery above to see some of the of the items reclaimed, and read the full story - Where's Waldorf's silverware? Stolen items returned to hotel after 85 years - on CNN Travel.
Previously in sticky-fingered diners:
Lunchtime poll – pilfering from restaurants
Why your grandma swipes sugar packets
The laugh is on the people returning the stuff. They should sell it openly on eBay and claim a few buck$ for Grandma's ill-gotten gains. Can you spell "Statute of Limitations"?
Can you spell INTEGRITY? Escaping justice for theft does not make it right, I am glad that some people still believe in such things as honesty and integrity. You might want to look up the concept, It could make you a real man instead of a petty thief.
Grow up, the world isn't Peaches and Cream.
I wonder what the consequences will be for noncompliance.
Why would this hotel want all this old stuff back? Melt down the old spoons for new ones? A museum?
Because it has historical value. It's history dates back to the original Waldorf Hotel which opened in 1893.
Probably because it increases the value of whatever old stuff the hotel is hording and they will want to auction off some day.
We used to jack the mugs and glass pitchers from the E-Club all the time back in the Air Force. I think half of them shattered outside over someone's head or when stumbling back to the dorms.
You will only get my bed pan back from " My cold dead Hands ".
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