January 22nd, 2013
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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

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  1. Elwood

    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"?

    February 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • OldSoldier

      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.

      February 11, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • Devin

        Grow up, the world isn't Peaches and Cream.

        February 13, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  2. Yeah Whatever

    I wonder what the consequences will be for noncompliance.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  3. edwin

    Why would this hotel want all this old stuff back? Melt down the old spoons for new ones? A museum?

    January 23, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Heroin use.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • Benn@ed-twit

      Because it has historical value. It's history dates back to the original Waldorf Hotel which opened in 1893.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Same thing.

        January 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • HZ

      Probably because it increases the value of whatever old stuff the hotel is hording and they will want to auction off some day.

      February 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    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.

    January 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  5. Sticky McFingers

    You will only get my bed pan back from " My cold dead Hands ".

    January 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply

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