Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Surely it's crossed your mind.

Not once? Not at all?

You arrive at your hotel. All you need is to sleep.

So you pull back the covers and lounge in nice, clean sheets.

Except, it seems, they might not be so clean.

An investigation by Inside Edition created a little test to see whether hotel sheets had recently seen a laundry.

And, oh, look away now. Or don't.

The investigators checked into hotels, checked out, then checked in again under a different name to the very same room the next day.

They used a stencil that only shows up under UV light.

Surely when they checked back in, the sheets would have been changed.

There's a certain glory as the investigator uses her UV light to expose the fact that the sheets haven't been changed.

"Disgusting," she says.

This was at the Candlewood Inn and Suites in Manhattan.

You will be stunned into bringing your own sheets to hotels when I tell you this wasn't the only establishment that had dirty sheets.

A La Quinta Inn and Suites had the same dirty secret. And at a Marriott Residence Inn, yes, you've guessed.

The investigator even managed to vary her reaction. "Just gross." she said.

The Marriott Corporation apologized profusely.

"All of the hotels told us they take great pride in the high standards of cleanliness throughout their hotels, and that they take this issue very seriously, saying that they have taken immediate action to ensure this doesn't happen again," its statement said.

Painfully, this isn't the first time that a Marriott-owned property has been subject to filthy looks.

A guest posted a note he found in a Courtyard by Marriott room that had been left by another guest. It read: "If you're reading this, then housekeeping did not change your sheets!"

Ah. Oh. Ew.

It seems that far too many hotels may be sliding on their responsibilities and thinking they can get away with it.

The problem, of course, is that you might never know.

Not unless, like a friend of mine, you happen to find your sheets actually soiled. This was in a very well-known, quite expensive Las Vegas hotel.

The soiling was brown and not chocolate.

It took him a lot of effort to even get some sort of meaningful refund. The first offer was a $25 discount on his resort fee.

You have been warned.

Published on: Sep 14, 2016