Normally, when checking out of a hotel, I don’t go over the bill with a fine-toothed comb (if you’ve seen my picture, you’ll see that I don’t particularly have use for a fine-toothed comb, since I can now effectively comb my hair with a shrimp fork), but this morning, I did.

I imagine that I don’t usually check out the bill because I’m usually not the one paying for the room, and this makes me feel ashamed because that mindset is on par with a politician buying things with your money and not caring about the price tag, but for this example that’s neither here nor there.

Checking out of a hotel in Ohio this morning, I noticed an item on the bill which read, “Township bed tax.” Is this common? Have I been paying a bed tax at many hotels and never noticed?

When I think of the government ‘taxing’ a bed, I normally picture Bill Clinton and a porky date pushing the limits of Perfect Sleeper technology into the mattressphere, or Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd abusing a box spring while making another waitress sandwich, but a literal tax on beds?

I’m scrutinizing the next hotel bill a bit further. I’m sure the dresser, shower, desk, and pillow were also taxed. I’ll also sleep on the floor and see if I can avoid the bed tax. Miracles happen… not government defying miracles though.


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