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I think Roald Dahl wrote in "Boy" that, at one of the boarding schools he attended, he had to pre-warm the seat of the toilet (situated outside) for his senior students.

That already was the 20th century... And the mind wonders how many of these practices have survived today...

by Nomad on Mon Jan 25th, 2010 at 04:01:19 AM EST
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That's hazing, not a service for paying guests.

Not unlike the difference between rape and prostitition.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 25th, 2010 at 05:18:50 AM EST
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The person who warms beds will get paid?

Where do I apply?

by Nomad on Mon Jan 25th, 2010 at 05:28:19 AM EST
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Umm, yeah... 'human bed warmer' [is] a staffer and I presume staff get paid.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 25th, 2010 at 06:21:57 AM EST
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