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Old 08-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #76
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I, uh, didnt mean to cause a debate or anything like that, I'm just a bit of a worrier!
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:10 PM   #77
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I read a new DIS article today that said a housekeeper was caught stealing money from a room safe. I want to know why/how a housekeeper would be able to have keys to the safe?!?!?
I can honestly say we leave everything valuable laying around our room but money us usually put in safe that is crazy that they can get in but I would imagine their is a master code for the safe but you wouldn't think housekeeping should know it.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:55 AM   #78
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With debit cards being accepted nearly everywhere, there is really no reason to bring large amounts of cash with you on vacation these days unless you are going somewhere like Vegas where you need cash to gamble.

However, this would be an issue with jewelry as I don't know any women who wouldn't bring their engagement/wedding rings on vacation. They might not want to wear those when going swimming or to a water park.
I don't take anything on vacation that is not insured or can't be replaced. So yes my rings stay home. I have a fake, but attractive ring I wear when I travel.

A hotel room is not a private residence, many people have access to it.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:39 AM   #79
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I am five pages into this thread and I have to wonder- In this day and age, why does anyone have cash at Disney? Yeah, I have a little tip money with me, but someone said $2000 cash . Goodness, front desk accepts my totally free debit card. They also hand me a KTTW or soon a band to charge everything. I can take my debit card down to the front desk and get $50 pocket tip money any time I want too. I check every night to see what I have charged. Cash? I vote paperless (and I am in the paper industry )

heck, I wish all the valet's and baggage handlers had Samsung phones that would let me tap them a tip instead of handing cash
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #80
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I am five pages into this thread and I have to wonder- In this day and age, why does anyone have cash at Disney? Yeah, I have a little tip money with me, but someone said $2000 cash . Goodness, front desk accepts my totally free debit card. They also hand me a KTTW or soon a band to charge everything. I can take my debit card down to the front desk and get $50 pocket tip money any time I want too. I check every night to see what I have charged. Cash? I vote paperless (and I am in the paper industry )

heck, I wish all the valet's and baggage handlers had Samsung phones that would let me tap them a tip instead of handing cash
You Hit the nail on the head! Just need a little tip money on hand (even divide it between those in your party if needed). At some table service meals we just used our KTTW to add/charge the tip. If you run out of $$ its easily accessible if you need more as a top up.

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Old 08-23-2013, 01:31 PM   #81
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I am five pages into this thread and I have to wonder- In this day and age, why does anyone have cash at Disney? Yeah, I have a little tip money with me, but someone said $2000 cash . Goodness, front desk accepts my totally free debit card. They also hand me a KTTW or soon a band to charge everything. I can take my debit card down to the front desk and get $50 pocket tip money any time I want too. I check every night to see what I have charged. Cash? I vote paperless (and I am in the paper industry )

heck, I wish all the valet's and baggage handlers had Samsung phones that would let me tap them a tip instead of handing cash
So they steal your debit card from the safe instead of cash. Will that make you any the less upset?
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:52 PM   #82
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So they steal your debit card from the safe instead of cash. Will that make you any the less upset?
Yes much less upset, I could report my debit card lost/stolen and not be responsible for charges. (Either through my bank policy or Visa/MC or through my identity theft insurance.)

If I have $2000 in my room safe and someone takes it, it is gone.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #83
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I just wanted to offer my experience with the Vanilla card - if anyone is interested

Every year for birthdays and Christmas this is what several members of my family purchase and gift as gifts rather than cash. I agree that it is convenient - at first. Once you get to the end of the funds on the card not all places will be able to swipe it and deduct the balance on the card from the transaction amount if the transaction amount is greater than the balance on the card. (It will decline the card and it's kind of embarassing) If you know the balance, it is easy enought to obtain but the object is to be as hassle free as possible, you can tell the cashier what it is and they will then be able to proceed from there.

Also, if using a Visa gift card (not just Vanilla) in a restaurant, some places will place a hold on funds that exceed the amount of the transaction therefore temporarily reducing the amount available to you. For this reason I do not use Visa gift cards in restaurants.

An option to consider is to purchase Disney gift cards, you can use them most places on property. I am old school and like to have cash on hand and do not have a debit card. What I like to do is bring 1 credit card (Disney Visa) and cash. I do not bring laptops and Ipods and all that stuff because after all, we are on vacation. I use the room safe for some cash and bring the some cash, credit card and safe key to the parks with me. I also don't utilize the mousekeeping services every day so that minimizes our exposure.

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Old 08-23-2013, 02:42 PM   #84
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I am five pages into this thread and I have to wonder- In this day and age, why does anyone have cash at Disney? Yeah, I have a little tip money with me, but someone said $2000 cash . Goodness, front desk accepts my totally free debit card.
Some of the posters are from the UK and Canada so it's easier for them to exchange their currency to US Dollars than to charge to their credit cards and pay a conversion fee. I don't even know if their debit cards would work here and most credit cards charge a couple percent in addition to the exchange rate.
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You know what surprised me was this mousekeeper stole from several rooms before they set up the sting. They caught her red handed and she is currently on unpaid leave. She was not fired even though they know she did it. I do not understand this at all.
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It takes time to fire someone. Even after a criminal accusation. They may keep her on unpaid leave status until her trial or until she pleads guilty to avoid one.
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It takes time to fire someone. Even after a criminal accusation. They may keep her on unpaid leave status until her trial or until she pleads guilty to avoid one.
I could see that if she was only suspected but they actually caught her doing it. I have seen others get fired for stealing and I think it is odd that Disney isn't just nipping this in the bud. Kinda doesn't look good on Disney's part. They already have people who are considering not coming back due to this. One guy was quoted as saying such in the article in our paper that I read.
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Whether they caught her doing it or not, they may wait for the court to determine guilt before they fire her. She's suspended without pay, it's not like she is working with the opportunity to steal more. It also means that she is not working while they process whatever they need to do in order to fire her.

If people are deciding they do not want to come back because an employee was stealing from a hotel room, they will probably need to consider never staying at any hotel.

If they're refusing to come back because Disney didn't immediately fire her, then that's their choice.

At any rate I don't think WDW will lose enough custom over this to make them nervous that there will be a precipitous drop in resort occupancy.
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I could see that if she was only suspected but they actually caught her doing it. I have seen others get fired for stealing and I think it is odd that Disney isn't just nipping this in the bud. Kinda doesn't look good on Disney's part. They already have people who are considering not coming back due to this. One guy was quoted as saying such in the article in our paper that I read.
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In this day and age, why does anyone have cash at Disney? Yeah, I have a little tip money with me, but someone said $2000 cash .:
We are not aware of the travel particulars, I can tell you where I have travelled with lots of cash, it's when I go out of the country!! We did the Mediterranean Cruise and unfortunately many of our excursions took cash only and could not take credit cards...the driver in Sorrento, the tour guide in Pompeii, the special meal at Positano...etc.
We had to travel with over $1500 in Euros..it was stressful but we chose those specific options based on the incredible reviews...some people prefer using cash because they do NOT have a credit card, don't want to fool with a pre-paid, I know my grandparents never had a credit card in their lives...always used cash, still do!
So, there are reasons why someone would have cash, and putting it in a safe is the logical choice.
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