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What a stupid and careless thing to do

I have been sat in the hotel room for the past hour or two using my laptop. A few minutes ago I decided to take the laptop downstairs and sit in the main foyer.

The room keycard also operates the power supply, which is obviously intended to stop people leaving equipment switched on while they are out. As I went to remove it on my way out I realised that it was on the table at the side of me.

A quick check of the battery shows that it is down to 40% due to running on batteries so long. This rather changed my plans and would only last another hour or so if I do not charge it first.

This is the first time that I have considered taking the laptop downstairs and I managed to forget the power supply.

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maxeen wrote on March 3, 2015, 10:05 AM

Sounds like you are having a nice little trip somewhere..

Koalemos wrote on March 3, 2015, 12:08 PM

That is partly true. I am in Turkey at the moment, but cannot wait to return home.
This is simply an ordeal at the present.

snerfu wrote on March 3, 2015, 12:19 PM

Enjoy your trip and write about it. We will enjoy reading it.

GayleStorm wrote on March 3, 2015, 1:02 PM

That's a fairly common mistake that many people have made before. At least you didn't totally drain the battery.

arthurchappell wrote on March 3, 2015, 2:02 PM

room keycards usually resemble credit and bank cards so actual old - non active bank cards or store cards in the slot work just as well as the card readers usually take any old bit of plastic and you can then carry the keycard around freely - don't obviously use an active current bank card

Koalemos wrote on March 3, 2015, 4:01 PM

Unfortunately I am not enjoying it at all. I arrived on Saturday and by Sunday night I was on the internet trying to buy an airline ticket home for Monday or Tuesday. There were no direct flights available before Friday, so I am now stuck here.

Koalemos wrote on March 3, 2015, 4:01 PM

I have used this type of system many times, but never made this silly mistake before.

Koalemos wrote on March 3, 2015, 4:03 PM

That is a very useful piece of information. All my old cards have been destroyed, but I may consider one in the future.

bestwriter wrote on March 3, 2015, 7:03 PM

Its quite frustrating when things do not turn out the way one hopes they would.

zabelle51 wrote on March 3, 2015, 10:34 PM

We had a hotel with that type of card in France, it is rather annoying overall. I have only seen it that one time. I need to read more to find out what has gone wrong on this trip. :)

Koalemos wrote on March 4, 2015, 12:12 AM

This type of system is quite commonplace in Europe, so I have used these many times before. That is the reason that my actions appeared so stupid.

nbaquero wrote on March 5, 2015, 11:25 AM

Koalemos Hope things improve for you soon, is not fun when things are not going well.

Koalemos wrote on March 5, 2015, 4:27 PM

It is not really a big issue, but is rather annoying to realise how foolish I was.

nbaquero wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:26 PM

Koalemos Well I was talking about your comment above saying you were not enjoying you trip.

Koalemos wrote on March 6, 2015, 5:01 AM

Oh I see. That will only improve tomorrow because I will be flying back to England.

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:32 AM

No problem Koalemos , I wish you a safe return home! Godspeed!

BodieMor wrote on March 6, 2015, 11:47 AM

Since my laptop isn't holding its charge for as long as it used to, I make it a habit to take a charger with me. (Have one for the car, as well...)

Koalemos wrote on March 6, 2015, 2:23 PM

A charger is only of any value if you have somewhere to plus it in, so on many occasions it would not help.

BodieMor wrote on March 6, 2015, 4:19 PM

True, but now most places around here - even airports - have extra plugs just for that purpose... Not so where you are?

CoralLevang wrote on March 8, 2015, 5:53 AM

Hope you got home okay.
It was interesting to hear about the suggestion of using old card, too, in the comments.