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Life shouldn’t be this complicated

This hotel alarm clock requires an 8-bullet list of instructions. 

But the real question is: Why didn’t the hotel manager have the freedom to say "this is wrong" and replace the clocks instead of creating these signs?

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  1. John Whiteside July 20, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    Well, mostly likely because signs are cheaper than clocks.
    This is why I never use hotel room clocks – I just don’t trust that I’ll get it right, so I set my mobile phone to wake me up, and then ask for a wake-up call for good measure.
    They should just put a pretty analog clock on the wall as far as I’m concerned!

  2. Chris Moritz July 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    *sigh… I have that exact thing on my bedside table. It truly is an adventure whenever the power goes out and I need to reprogram it. I would think less of any hotel that would carry it.

  3. jlsimons July 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    You’re right, but at least they have instructions! How many other hotels would have ignored the problem. Since this apparently comes from the hotel (as opposed to the clock maker), at least someone om staff was on the ball enough to recognize (or respond to) the potential customer service nightmare and address it. The alarm clock in the last place I stayed in Seattle befuddled both me and my wife. Usually, if one of us can’t figure out a piece of tech, the other can, so someone had to go out of their way to design a clock that could thwart both right and left brained attempts to make it work.

  4. Tony Jenkins July 23, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    I think I’ve been put in that very room with that alarm clock – in the end I gave up on using the alarm clock. I couldn’t even figure out how turn it on. What about the company that engineered the alarm clock – what were they smoking?

  5. Katie Konrath July 23, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    What’s even worse is when the hotel doesn’t even have a clock. I’ve been to a couple that didn’t want to ruin the ambiance of the room, and so only offered wake-up calls. Even when I set my own alarm clock, I can’t sleep well at night because I’m so nervous I’ll oversleep.

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