We’ve pretty much heard and seen it all. But then every time I think that, lo and behold, I’m proven wrong by something entirely new that gets Pete and I scratching our heads. Running this bed and breakfast in this, our seventh year now, we get some perfectly bizarre guest requests, to say the very least. There have been some that were relatively tame; like the couple who wanted their bathtub filled strawberry flavored milk, the man who booked a second room just for his little pet pig (who’s name also happened to be Pete, by the way,), and there were the three girls who asked if we could get them three male strippers for the evening. The answer was no, we didn’t know any male strippers at the time. (Though we do now. Lovely boys. One of them works in the copy store down the street.)
Then there have been the downright strange requests. We had a man in here once who asked us to lock the door to his room from the outside for fear he’d sleepwalk right out of the building. Another couple who asked if we could have a variety of, adult-themed, toys waiting on the bed when they arrived. I had Pete take care of that one. There were the two men who asked if there was someone who could warm up their beds for them before they arrived. The family who wanted to let their kids trick or treat in the inn. The man who wanted his room decked out in full Christmas attire; stockings, trimmed tree, tinsel, lights, the works…in August.
A very nice man from Melbourne had another weird request for us. It was really a first for us. It had to do with his watch. He arrived on a Friday night, he’d had a long flight and was eager to go to bed. But before he could go to sleep he said he had to know if we could be trusted with his watch. We, of course, said yes and told him that we had a safe on-site where it would be secure. But that’s not what he wanted. He took it off and showed it to us. It was a military watch of some kind, very nice. Looked expensive. He asked to look at our wrists, mine and Pete’s. With his wrist being much bigger than mine, the man looked entirely relieved.
He said he needed Pete to wear the watch for the duration of his stay, four days long. We don’t normally ask our guests questions about their odd requests, we either grant them or politely decline and explain why. But this man was very insistent or else he couldn’t stay here. It was crucial that Pete wore the watch, the man assured us that it was indeed his watch – he even showed us his receipt of sale, from four years ago. It was well-worn and wrinkled. He had held onto it all that time and this obviously wasn’t the first time he’d made such a request. Well at least he could prove it wasn’t nicked from someplace, it was his watch. But he couldn’t have it in his possession during his stay. I looked to Pete, he didn’t seem to have any problem with it. The man looked about as relieved as anyone I’d seen and handed the watch over. Pete put it on and not only did it fit him, he quite liked the way it looked.
Pete wore that man’s watch all four days straight. Never took it off once. The thing was waterproof, shock resistant, had all kinds of fancy features on it. I didn’t know much about military watches, like these, so I looked them up. His wasn’t among the ones I’d found but there was obviously something awful special about this man’s watch to him.
The man checked out and Pete handed him the watch back. We had tried to ask him why he couldn’t wear the watch while he was here. But he left the lobby before we got an answer.
Now that request was definitely among the strangest of the strange.