A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 19, 2017
“Does this hotel offer a turndown service?”/“Not to you.”

“Turndown service” means “turning down” the bed sheets, not “turning down” a hotel guest. “‘Do you need turndown service?’ Not if you’re speaking literally” was posted on Twitter on February 19, 2010. “Me: do you offer a turndown service? Receptionist: not to you” was posted on Twitter on March 21, 2016.
   
An extended “turndown service” joke was posted on Reddit—Jokes on September 19, 2017:
 
“I asked the hotel checkout girl, ‘Do you provide turndown service?’ She said, ‘Sure. I wouldn’t go out with you if you were the last guy on earth after the zombie apocalypse and your saliva contained the antidote.’”
   
     
Wikipedia: Turndown service
In the hospitality industry, turndown service refers to the practice of staff entering a guest’s room and “turning down” the bed linen of the bed in the room, preparing the bed for use. In the United States, an item of confectionery such as a chocolate or a mint is sometimes left on top of a pillow in the bed that has been turned down.
 
Some hotels have more elaborate turndown services, such as bed-time stories for children and cocktails served to couples.
   
Twitter
Telesticles‏
@Telesticles
“Do you need turndown service?” Not if you’re speaking literally.
7:27 PM - 19 Feb 2010
 
Twitter
andy clark‏
@mrandyclark
“Do you want turndown service this evening?” “TURNDOWN FOR WHAT?” #imhilarious
8:01 PM - 19 Sep 2014
 
Twitter
Ben Marks‏
@benmarks
Hotel employee: “Do you want turndown service?”
Me: “Turndown… For what?”
12:42 PM - 7 Jun 2015
 
Twitter
Alastair B‏
@BisleyT
[Hotel]
Me: do you offer a turndown service?
Receptionist: not to you.
2:29 AM - 21 Mar 2016
 
Reddit—Jokes
I asked the hotel checkout girl, “Do you provide turndown service?”
submitted September 19, 2017 by bennetthaselton
She said, “Sure. I wouldn’t go out with you if you were the last guy on earth after the zombie apocalypse and your saliva contained the antidote.”
(...)
COMMENTS
monsieurpoirot
Shorter/ironic version.
- Do you provide turndown service?
- No.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHotels • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 • Permalink


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