After the plethora of lawsuits filed in 2008 against Sanlu Group for putting melamine in the milk (or, to be precise, a baby formula that was based on milk) as per this article in the New York Times, against the individuals responsible for importing rip-off toothpaste (that was not manufactured by Colgate) contaminated with diethylene glycol (which is a sweet tasting poison used in anti-freeze and which kills poor defenseless LOLCats), and against Mattel for importing toys coated in deadly lead paint (as per this article from USA Today), you’d think that even if they were run by sociopaths without any ethics whatsoever, corporations focussed on the bottom line would know better than to poison their customers.
However, after reading Pierre the maverick Mitchell’s Friday rant which was an open call to hotels to NOT poison their customers, all I have to say is, apparently not!
Maybe they don’t know they’re doing it, or they do but believe that the average customer doesn’t stay often enough or long enough to be exposed to enough toxins to be damaged. Now, this might be the case for the average person who only uses a hotel once or twice a year on vacation, but what about the travelling salesperson or executive who spends more time in hotels than in their own home? How long before BPA builds up to toxic levels in the bloodstream, given that a new study has determined that your body absorbs more BPA than previously thought? If the coffee maker and plastic stir sticks that you use to make your coffee every day leaches BPA, how long before you are sick, whether you realize it or not?
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! According to Pierre, the non-dairy creamers many hotel chains provide are full of toxins — sodium caseinate, monoglycerides, and diglycerides. We might as well eat glue!
It’s scary. And the worst part is that the cost savings the hotel realizes from buying cheap coffee makers, non-dairy creamers, and other toxic products are negligible. Compared to the revenue a hotel chain can see on a nightly basis from a quality offering that puts them ahead of their peers, a few pennies of savings versus a few dollars in profit is not only negligible, it’s just stupid!