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The dark days when you were unable to leave your hotel room without having to remove your key card from the slot take and turn off the power are over – and it turned out that they did not exist at all.
London-based Katyagar Moonagon was in a hotel in Dublin, Ireland, when she encountered a dilemma that is common to many travelers – leave the room and let her cell phone battery die or stay in the room until charged.
But she soon discovered that there is another possibility.
"[I] wanted to recharge my battery during my dinner, but needed my key card," she said in a post on social media.
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The solution, their photographic evidence showed, was to put another card in the slot – in this case their supermarket loyalty card.
"I turned off all the lights manually, so as not to be wasteful, I just had to lift the old battery for an hour or two." The Sun quoted her saying.
Your contribution has been liked more than 1000 times, with some describing the trick as a revelation.
Fellow Londoner Suzanne Azzopardi said, "I'm 42 and did not know you could put a card in the damn Hotel Light thing."
Apparently it's news for some hotel employees.
Ronan Alex Dunne from Limerick, Ireland, said, "I am amazed that I have worked in five-star hotels and have never encountered them."
One commentator said that almost every object in the size of a card would be enough – "business cards, train tickets, a bit from a hotel magazine".
Another said he used a metal spoon.