An older lady decided to give herself a big treat for her significant 70th birthday by staying overnight in an expensive hotel.
When she checked out next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00.
She exploded and demanded to know why the charge was so high. “It’s a nice hotel but the rooms certainly aren’t worth $250.00 for just an overnight stay! I didn’t even have breakfast.”
The clerk told her that $250.00 is the ‘standard rate’, so she insisted on speaking to the Manager.
The Manager appeared and forewarned by the desk clerk, announced: “This hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre which are available for use.”
“But I didn’t use them” she said.
“Well, they are here, and you could have” explained the Manager.
He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which the hotel is famous. “We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here” the Manager said.
“But I didn’t go to any of those shows” she said.
“Well, we have them, and you could have” the Manager replied.
No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, she replied, “But I didn’t use it!” and the Manager countered with his standard response.
After several minutes discussion with the Manager unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a cheque and gave it to him.
The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check. “But madam, this check is for only $50.00.”
“That’s correct. I charged you $200.00 for sleeping with me” she replied.
“But I didn’t!” exclaims the very surprised Manager.
“Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have.”