An elderly woman decided to treat herself to an overnight at the town's ritziest hotel for her birthday celebration.
She spent a very peaceful, restful night, and enjoyed her fancy room very much.
When she was checking out the next morning, she was shocked that the bill was for $250. She stated to the desk clerk that she found that an awful lot of money for just an overnight sleeping room. The clerk stated that it was the standard price. The old lady persited, and asked to see the manager. The clerk forewarned the manager as to the problem, and when he came out he began to explain the charges.
"Madam, we have a world-class olympic-size swimming pool here," he said. "But I didn't use it," replied the old woman. "But it is here, and you could have," stated the manager. "We have a full-service gym and weight room." "I didn't use that." "But you could have." "Our services include an on-call masseuse." "I didn't use the masseuse." "Again, she was here, and you could have." "We have free cable TV in every room." "I didn't watch TV." "It is already hooked up, and you could have watched."
Finally, she writes out a check, and hands it to the manager. He looks at it and is stunned, and says, "Ma'am, you've written this check for only $50.!" She says, "That's right. I charged you $200. for sleeping with me." The flabbergasted mangers stutters and says, "B-but, I d-didn't do that!"
"Ah," replies the old lady, "But I was here, and you could have."
Hmm. I wonder if this technique could be used for restaurant bills when we don't eat the massive loads of food they serve and don't want to bring it home because there was so much of it we never, ever, want to see it again.