Guest Lessingham

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Just had a pleasant weekend away with Mrs L. We stayed at the Premier Inn range and they get 10 out of 10. Anyhow, I was talking to my brother and her asked if I had checked the Gideon bible. I said no, why? He replied that prostitutes who use hotel rooms usually leave their phone numbers in the front of the Gideon Bible.

I have never heard of this ( and yes I did look). Has anyone else or was he just yanking my chain?

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Brilliant! Those damn bibles irritate me no end, I shall start writing my website on the inside now, thanks for the idea!

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Rats! I should have copyrighted the idea!

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Rats! I should have copyrighted the idea!

Well, there's enough room for two lots of sacrilege, you can write your phone number in there too ;)

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I've never done that, but its a great idea!

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Just had a pleasant weekend away with Mrs L. We stayed at the Premier Inn range and they get 10 out of 10. Anyhow, I was talking to my brother and her asked if I had checked the Gideon bible. I said no, why? He replied that prostitutes who use hotel rooms usually leave their phone numbers in the front of the Gideon Bible.

I have never heard of this ( and yes I did look). Has anyone else or was he just yanking my chain?

That's a new one on me, I must say. :P

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You've made me want to stay in hotel just to see if it's true!

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"... and her asked if I had checked the Gideon bible. I said no, why? He replied that prostitutes who use hotel rooms usually leave their phone numbers in the front of the Gideon Bible. ..."

I think he was yanking your chain! In the UK, I think, you get a full King James version OT & NT, but on the "Festland" or the big bit of Europe, it is the New Testament only, but English, French and German, which provides quite a useful bit of homework if there is only the wretched World Cup on TV and the wife doesn't fancy you nipping off to the FKK!

The Gideon joke that I remember (dimly) concerned a proud father who told his friend how pleased he was to find his very foxy daughter reading a Gideon bible, only to have friend puncture his balloon telling him that darling daughter could only have found the Good Book in some seedy motel whither she'd gone to service her punter!

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The urban myth that I have come across is slightly different.

The telephone numbers are written next to certain verses. You have to be "in the know" to find out where they are located.

Then again you could quickly skim through the pages to find the numbers in the margin.

Or perhaps the Gideons made up the whole myth to get people to pick up the bible and read it to find the (non-existent) numbers :P.

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Only thing I ever read from a Gideon's was Revelations - it had been recommended by an old ageing-hippie friend who had probably had smoked too much ganja over the years. Said it would blow my mind.

Was certainly very interesting but didn't see any numbers for local WGs in there. Then again it was a copy by a hospital bed.

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If this is true, then it is good news to me.

I spend so much time in hotels, and often I don't have enough prior notice (what with Mrs K at home all the time) to research a decent punt before I set off. Take Norwich for example. I was there twice last year, at the same Premier Inn as it happens, and "nothing doing".

I even paid to use the hotel pc's to do a bit of research, but they must have had netnanny or something, because I couldn't even Google "massage parlour", and "Punternet" was blocked. (Obviously I couldn't use my work PC or Blackberry to do this research could I?)

Someone on here recently said something like: "wherever there is a big hotel, you will find a working girl" (can't remember who said it)

Well, I'd like to challenge that. The amount of times I've been down to the bar at my hotel, and had a good look around, and not seen any WG action at all...

Most recently I spent last week in Copenhagen, at the new Crowne Plaza, and guess what? Not a sausage! (as it were!) Maybe it's the places I go:o

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Darn these pesky Gideons and their tricks to make unsuspecting punters skim through bibles, looking for coded phone numbers!

As suspected it was a chain yank and I'll return to researching the field reports of this fine forum.

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LOl, shame i never stumbled across a bible at the manky ibis, but if i do, i shall leave my mark just for fun. You would have to write in a lot of bibles to start getting any custom from it i would have thought.

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You could publish your own (revised) version of The Bible with your details already printed on it and distribute them to local hotels! Might upset the Pope though! Then again perhaps not...

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I stay at Premier Inns every week. Never seen a bible.

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I stay at Premier Inns every week. Never seen a bible.

Usually in one of the bed side cabinets

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I've never done that, but its a great idea!

What!? It's a terrible idea. I suspect those that are reaching out for the Bible in the their hotel room are really not a WG's target market. :P

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What!? It's a terrible idea. I suspect those that are reaching out for the Bible in the their hotel room are really not a WG's target market. :P

Please, religious repression brings me the juciest ones ;) Sundays, right about church emptying time, used to be my peak time for last minute bookings when I offered those at weekends.

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Do people even ever open them :P:confused:;)

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Well Lessingham - it was an urban myth until all these young ladies read your opening post! Now, however.... :P;)

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Wow! I started an urban myth. I'm humbled.

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Wow! I started an urban myth. I'm humbled.

Do you work for Gideons? (LOL) Not since I was at Sunday school, many moons ago, have I picked up a bible. However I'm in a London hotel this week and there is the ubiquitous Gideons which I flicked through following your thread. Needless to say nothing written in there regarding WG's. You should move into viral marketing.

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It's not entirely a myth. I've never seen it done over here, but in the States it does happen. The part about numbers written next to certain verses is utter Dan-Brownstuff, and contradicts the essential principle of advertising (I mean, why restrict your potential clientele to people already 'in the know' when what you really need is to reach as many possible punters as you can?)

The bigger up-market US hotels of the kind that attract business conventions are obviously a prize magnet for local parlours, which of course provide outcall services too. What the more enterprising ones do is print off advert stickers (the non-peel kind that can't be removed without ripping up the page) with their number and some slogan ('Heaven is only one call away!' 'Girl to your room within 45 mins!' etc.). As chambermaids work for starvation wages, it won't cost much to ensure that every room in the joint has your sticker in it. Where they usually place them is in the copy of the Yellow Pages or equivalent that many such hotels provide in the room, where punters are most likely to look: under A for Adult, E for Escorts, etc. The number of stickers will depend on how long the directory has been there before being replaced by the latest edition.

The temptation to use the Gideon bible as a last resort arises where the hotel doesn't provide a Yellow Pages (or where it happens to have been nicked from a particular room). I have seen this a couple of times - the sticker slapped on the inside cover rather than on the sacred text itself. But it's unlikely to be as efficient. And the snag for the punter is not knowing how out-of-date the number is: the bible could have been sitting there for years, whereas with the Yellow Pages you can be confident that it won't be more than a year or two old.

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Just had a pleasant weekend away with Mrs L. We stayed at the Premier Inn range and they get 10 out of 10. Anyhow, I was talking to my brother and her asked if I had checked the Gideon bible. I said no, why? He replied that prostitutes who use hotel rooms usually leave their phone numbers in the front of the Gideon Bible.

I have never heard of this ( and yes I did look). Has anyone else or was he just yanking my chain?

Not heard about phone numbers but the version I have heard is that a small amount of money gets left between the pages e.g. a 10 dollar note. Maybe if you have a look and find any money, that can go towards your punt :(

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