Hawaii Mom Blog: Check the Toilet Tissue in Your Hotel Room




April 4, 2024

Check the Toilet Tissue in Your Hotel Room

You may have seen the articles about blood marks from needles on public restroom toilet paper rolls (the needles are stabbed in the rolls to clean them).  Some say it's an "urban legend," while others say it's real, sharing pictures of toilet paper rolls with apparent marks of blood. 

When I first saw the article last year, I didn't think much of it (even though one social media post shared a photo that claimed to be from Hawaiʻi).  It did coax me into checking the rolls if I did go to a public restroom, but I thought that kind of thing would be more apt to happen outside of Hawaiʻi, if it was indeed something that really happened.

I was recently in Tulsa, and upon checking the toilet paper in both of our hotel room bathrooms, the below is what I found.

Red marks on both toilet paper rolls that appear to be blood.

Of course I was disturbed and grossed out.  I immediately took the rolls off and replaced them with the unwrapped rolls (which I did check).

I also notified the staff, and took pictures, and they were very apologetic.  Although I can't say for sure what the marks are, I can only guess they are indeed blood stains from needles.  

Now I know - check the toilet paper even in hotel rooms!

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