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1995
Leipzig, Germany

Piggyback

They were informed that they would share the room with a fictitious occupant.

Hotel Leipziger Hof Leipzig, Germany, 1995

Guests in an upscale businessman's hotel who asked for a single room at the reception were offered a double room at the same price. They were informed that they would share the room with a fictitious occupant. Inside the room, the guest found an opened suitcase, a woman's belongings, laundry and toiletries. There was a coat in the closet, a tote bag in the bath, today's newspaper and a plate with fruit on a small table. A photograph of a child and a book lay on the nighttable. One of the two beds was unmade and a silk pyjama was left on the bed. One of the hand towels in the bath lay used on the floor.

After every stay the abandoned room was photographed by the chambermaid. The "real" guest's bed was made, whatever he left behind was removed, the room was cleaned. The newspaper changed. The plate was filled with fresh fruit.


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