Scary hotel minibars

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The mystery of the hotel minibar has long been a conversation point at industry conferences. Delegates who move the minibar contents around in the search for a midnight swig of mineral water are often found at hotel reception desks expressing their outrage when they are billed for numerous miniatures of hard liquor, due to the minibar mistakenly registering the movements as bottles being removed.

Now a new breed of super-sleuth minibars fitted with infrared sensors can spot the difference between items removed, and items reshuffled and replaced. They record the date and time of use, and can differentiate between employees and guests, according to an article in the August issue of British Airways High Life.

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