Thanks for sharing.
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My wife and I recently got out of town for a little R&R and spent the night at at a beach front hotel. On the last morning We had walked a few blocks to eat breakfast, then strolled down the beach. It was cold, I was wearing a large coat and I had placed my holstered XD9 in my coat pocket. Upon returning to our room to pack and check out I placed my weapon on the bedside table. After we finished packing we decided to sit on the balcony overlooking the beach for a few minutes as checkout time was approaching. While we were on the balcony my wife says "What is that" and gets up to walk into the room. I had not heard anything.
It turns out that the maid had cracked open the door to clean the room but upon seeing us closed the door without coming in. I really do not think there was any bad intentions on her part.
However, I quickly realized that anyone coming through the door was MUCH closer to my weapon than I was. Not a good feeling. A mistake I will try not to make again.
As I said in the title. Lesson learned.
Be careful out there. Things happen quickly.
Thanks for sharing.
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Thanls for that, should be a reminder to us all....
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Need to carry it, on nightstand when your in bed right next to it. It's ok as long as you learned better for next time.
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Almost makes you wish there were some sort of device that could keep someone from opening your hotel room door while you're inside.
"It turns out that the maid had cracked open the door to clean the room but upon seeing us closed the door without coming in."
That's a common practice. You probably didn't hear her say, "Cleaning service," before she opened the door. One should always secure the door when inside; could have been very embarrassing also.
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Actually, I felt a little embarrassed just the way it happened.
Hey shooter380, thanks for sharing, hope you didn't mind me poking a little fun. We all learn from stuff like this (including by reading about it when people are brave enough to share).
I always survey where my firearm is in relation to the door. I'll put it past me, away from the door, so that if I need to I can retreat some, and get it in the EXTREMELY few times, it's not right with me. I try to NEVER place it closer to the door or entrance than I am. Of course the BGs don't always come in the front door.
Be aware that a LOT of people in resort towns end up with door keys. The staff can fill in the 'catburglar' types with who has the most loot in some instances where there is a crooked desk clerk or bellboy. I also always try to put something over the firearm when I'm doing something (such as showering) so it's not in "plain sight". Even a towel or newspaper is often sufficient.
Glad it worked out as a 'LL' for you.
Hey, lesson learned here, too. Thanks for the lesson.
It could be worse!
As OldVet said, always deadbolt your door when in the room.
I travel for work and spend about 150 nights a year in hotels. You would be (or maybe not) surprised that I hear someone trying to open the door without making an announcement first several times per year. One time in Austin last year I was very tired when I got to the hotel and forgot to deadbolt the door. Someone actually opened it and by the time I got out of bed and got to the door, who ever it was had already hightailed it to the stairs and on the way down. That little incident reinforced my habit with the deadbolt.