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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Please Do Not Steal the Towels

Now, Dear Reader:

I have been very honest with you about my predilection for filching hotel bathroom amenities like soaps and shampoos. Mind you, my pilfering ways never extend to anything material.

But for those of you who prefer to purloin linens, consider yourself forewarned. Because, you see, a company called Linen Technology Tracking is watching you. Said company has developed radio frequency identification (RFID) chips that can be sewn into towels, sheets and bathrobes. The chips can survive hundreds of wash lickings and keep on ticking.

Right now, just a few hotels in Manhattan, Miami and Honolulu are using the chips. But as costs associated with disappearing linens soar, expect more and more properties to chip and charge.