Hotel Key Cards
Food For Thought…
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic hotel key card???
1. Customer’s Name
2. Customer’s partial home address
3. Hotel Room number
4. Check-in date and time
5. Customer’s credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.
Simply put, hotels don’t erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest.
The bottom line is:
Keep the cards, it is NOT unlawful to take them, destroy them but NEVER leave them in your room or in the wastebasket. Cut up the cards or run a small magnet over the strip a few times to erase the information on the card.