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Sticky-Fingered Stoners Force Hotels To Get Rid Of Room 420

But stoners can now look forward to staying in room 419+1
Apr 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM ET
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The management kindly asks that you not hotbox room 420 — AFP/Getty Images

While many people associate the number 420 with good times, for some hotels, the universal stoners’ symbol has turned into a giant pain. Items emblazoned with the all-purpose token of cannabis culture are high on the list of most stolen items, and this affinity for stealing all things 420 is causing an unexpected problem for hotels across the country—especially in states where pot is now legal.

So why is this such an issue for hotels? Well, for one thing, traveling stoners seem to be getting particular delight from hot boxing room 420, and the guests around them often don’t appreciate the revelry as much. But there’s the added problem that the door numbers from room 420 are being ripped off the doors (and presumably kept as souvenirs) with increasing frequency.

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Some hotel owners have resorted to stenciling the number on the door, and The Telegraph says at least one hotel converted it to room 419+1 (which may not be a great solution since that could be even more hilariously appealing to stoners).

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But most of the hotels who’ve dealt with an uptick in number theft have simply done away with room 420 altogether. That has the double benefit of keeping the room number intact and removing the temptation to get high in said room. Instagram user @goneoffthat, apparently posting from Sacramento’s Larkspur Landing hotel, offers up some tangible evidence. (We reached out to the hotel, but they were reluctant to confirm.)

Of course, this isn’t the first time hotels have avoided a certain number. Due to superstition, hotels often don’t have a 13th floor, and some places don’t have a room 237 either, which gained infamy in The Shining. And it’s not just hotels that are dealing with 420 mania. Stoner haven Colorado ran into a serious problem: road markers that read 420 were being ripped off so often that they had replace them all with signs that instead read 419.99.

As weed legalization spreads and pot culture is embraced more openly, the 420 plague is bound to travel with it. For now, travelers who are keen to avoid wafting smoke may wish to avoid the fourth floor entirely, and potheads looking to add to their 420 collection might want do their door placard stealing now, before Room 420 becomes a thing of the past.