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Beware of Minibar Charges
USA Weekend Magazine
September 29, 2007

Before you open the little fridge in your next hotel room, consider this: One in four travelers say they’ve had a dispute over a hotel minibar charge, according to a recent survey by TripAdvisor.com. An additional 9% say they have been wrongly charged for food or beverage items but didn’t bother to challenge the bill. Many hotels use automatic motion and weight sensors that register your purchase; simply moving items in the minibar to make room for your dinner leftovers an trigger the sensors and bring on a false charge. TripAdvisor’s tips on how to avoid minibar mistakes: Know the rules. That bottle of mineral water sitting on your hotel dresser might not be free.