Monday, March 20, 2006

Hotel Charges Guests .50 Euro per Kilo

The Grave Digger

In Norden, Germany, a hotel has started charging guests by the kilo for an overnight stay. An effort to encourage a healthier lifestyle among his clients, guests now have to step onto the scales before moving into their rooms and fork out half a euro ($0.61) per kilogram (2.2 lbs).

"I had many guests who were really huge and I told them to slim down," said Juergen Heckrodt, owner of the three-star establishment. "When they came back the year after and had lost a lot of weight they asked me what are you gonna do for me now?"

Additionally, Heckrodt pointed out, "Healthy guests live longer and can come back more often."

Link (via Yahoo Odd News). Customers are assured that no one is being turned away; anyone who refuses to step on the scales will be charged no more than 39 euros, the normal single room price.

I, for one, do not think this comes out of altruistic concern for the health of Germany. First Southwest, now German hotels? What's next... buffets charging by stomach volume? Dentists charging by the tooth? Hairdressers charging by scalp surface area?

Indexed by tags Germany, hotel, obesity, charge, health.

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