Hotel guests steal 1,200 Bibles
18 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Bibles are a sought-after commodity among light-fingered hotel guests in the Netherlands.
18 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — Bibles are a sought-after commodity among light-fingered hotel guests in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Bible Association — formerly known as the Dutch Gideons — have been distributing tens of thousands of Bibles every year since 1946 to hotel rooms, guest houses, hostels, prisons, hospitals and ships. There are almost currently 160,000 Gideon Bibles in almost 3,000 locations around the country.
Association workers check the locations regularly as about 1,200 Bibles disappear into the luggage of hotel guests every year. "We distribute about 15,000 Bibles annually," a spokesperson said. "Eight percent goes to replace copies that have been stolen," he added.
But the loss of the Bibles is not all bad news for the Gideons. "It is naturally not the intention that people take them away. But if they do, it means they want to read the Bible," the spokesperson said.
Occasionally, people who take a Bible from a hotel room make a donation to the association to pay for a replacement copy.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news