16 DECEMBER 2019


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Article from BTNews 16 DECEMBER 2019

AND FINALLY: The Dover – Paris water taxi

With more business guests claimed to be staying at its hotels – now said to be more than 50% of its customer base – Travelodge has a whole new category of weird requests to add to its annual round-up. BTN is delighted, not to say bemused, to pass some of them on:

■ Can you arrange for a water taxi to take my boss from Dover directly to Paris?

■ Can you do 100 voxpop interviews to test ideas ahead of a client meeting?

■ Can you write out 1,000 Christmas cards to my clients?

■ Can you teach me how to play golf?

■ Can you place a Chinese waving cat either side of the bed – facing the door?

■ Can you empty the car park, as my boss will be arriving in a private jet?

■ Can you sort out six months of receipts in date order and then complete my expense form?

■ If I set up a pop-up shop in reception, can you take orders for me while I go to my meeting?

■ Can you get me a lucky horseshoe to take to my second interview?


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Paul Kay, London, UK.

.....Hey! You lot.... How did you get hold of all my last nights guest requests to the work experience or apprentice whilst I was sitting at the bar at my local Travelodge ? Tsk! Tsk!...they couldn't do any of these things and even when I paid my bill by 'Collecting 'SUN' Newspaper travel coupons!! Business traveller now under the Duvet!

Edward Harrison, Galhampton near Yeovil

Back in the late 60s early 70s I worked in an agency in Knightsbridge. Two oddities have always stuck with me. One was someone who wanted to take their car across the channel on the "Hoovercraft" and the other an American who asked which Underground line to take to get to Edinburgh - we pointed him to the Piccadilly to get to Kings X but he as surprised to discover he then had a long train journey to Edinbugh.