6 Incredibly Common Things Movies Have Made You Irrationally Afraid Of

In June 2013, I wrote this intending to submit it to a certain website as one of their popular “lists.” That process turned out to be a huge “We’ll take your idea and change it enough that it no longer resembles what you wanted it to be and is therefore ours and you’ll get a little money for giving us the idea and doing the work.” So forget it, here it is as I feel it should be. Me, the one who came up it and then wrote it. Enjoy.

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6 Incredibly Common Things Movies Have Made You Irrationally Afraid Of

Movies are arguably the best form of entertainment we humans can use to escape the monotony of our wretchedly boring and repetitive lives. And though we secretly love the repetition, some ideas that movies have spawned permanently scar our fragile psyches and as a result of being entertained by them, we are scared to do things that we have literally done every single day of our lives up until that point. It’s almost as if we believe that just KNOWING ABOUT a scary story lets that made-up ghost or axe-murderer somehow manifest itself and find you. It’s the same reason that we lock our doors and windows when we watch America’s Most Wanted – we know the escaped criminals don’t know who we are, and they can’t possibly know that we are watching their story on tv, but we still feel better knowing the porch light is on. ‘Cause that’ll stop ’em.


HURRY!!! Lock it before someone invisible and imaginary shoves it open!!
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6.) Cars

You have been in cars since before you were born. Heck, you were probably conceived in one! But then you just HAD to watch Christine, and now you think your Civic is jealous of your date.


She’s hot.
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Or maybe you think that every murderer you’ve ever heard a story about is hiding in your back seat with an axe, a la Urban Legend. That one, actually, you should maybe check on…

But come on. Cars themselves don’t have a mind of their own, do they? They can’t possibly develop their own thoughts and personalities, and start acting under their own will… right?

Thanks to Maximum Overdrive, movie-goers are even afraid of our electric toothbrushes.


Ok, I promise I won’t use you to download any Metallica!

5.) Children

Orphan may not have technically been about an evil child, just like Poltergeist and The Exorcist, among several others, were actually about good kids who were unfortunate enough to be possessed by misbehaved, rambunctious demons. But that doesn’t make us any less afraid when a stranger’s child is staring at us from the grocery cart shaped like a race car.


You’ll still be able to see this when you close your eyes.
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What could be worse than a creepy staring child?
More than one of them.


Oh, eff THESE costumes.
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That’s why Village of the Damned is so rightfully horrifying. An entire town of humans giving birth to dozens of evil alien children? While a very American storyline, that’s one too many unsettling concepts! Generally, you can scare a kid into submission with a stern look or a well-placed expletive, but when you’re out-numbered, the rules change and you’re pretty much screwed.


“You must be our new teacher. Our old one is….gone.”
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4.) Mirrors

Besides the obvious film for this one, Mirrors, where Kiefer Sutherland can’t stand the sight of his own reflection, there are a crap-heap of movies that have made us want to cover all of our mirrors, or at the very least bury them in our backyards in welded-shut metal boxes surrounded by garlic. These movies are especially hard to watch for those of us who live in Los Angeles, where staring at our own reflections occupies the better part of our day.
But films like Poltergeist 3 take the mirror fear to a ridiculous level. You start noticing how anything that’s remotely smooth casts reflections, which leads you to believe there is NOWHERE you can hide from horrible, horrible death, except the one place where there are NO mirrors: the bathroom at the Shell station. And isn’t being in that hiding place worse than just being slaughtered by some mirror demon?


Mary Poppins may not have been classified as a horror movie, but this scene is seriously effing disturbing.
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Speaking of bathrooms…

3.) Bathrooms

If you’ve never had an irrational fear of the bathroom, you probably didn’t see Psycho as a kid. Or maybe you also missed the boat on the horrors that are Candyman. If you’re also afraid of bees (or if you are a male), then saddle up:

*Watch the Candyman bathroom scene on someone else’s TV*

Speaking of bugs, who doesn’t love the scene in Squirm where worms come sliding out of the shower head and fall into a pile in the tub?


Even worms can’t resist the fruity scent of new Tressienne Shampoo!
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To make matters worse, Freddy Krueger had to go and stick his claws all up in the tub! Thanks, Hollywood. Now we can’t shower OR take a bath without imagining all the different ways we can be mutilated.


So, you said you wanted me to leave a “runway,” right?
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Or, if you prefer, you can always just imagine Harrison Ford drowning you.
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If you’re reading this, you were probably just a kid when you saw The Shining, and baths were already something you dreaded. The last thing our mothers needed was for our dads to show us the woman in Room 237. Not only were we afraid to go in there without a cat that could smell danger and therefore warn us of impending demons, but now we also had to run as fast as we could from the bathroom – once even slamming our heads onto the bottom of the top bunk bed as we leaped toward the “safety” of our Little Mermaid blankets.
…No? That didn’t happen to everybody?

2.) Touching The Ground

This is a level up from playing “Hot Lava,” where you have to jump from the couch to the loveseat without touching the carpet or you “burn to death in lava.” We’re talking grown-up, baffling fear of the Earth itself opening up and releasing unreasonable zombies or giant eff-off worm monsters upon our tiny, girlish ankles.


Come on, who hasn’t wanted to do this to an upstairs neighbor who seems to enjoy brick-tossing?
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Tremors may have been a hilarious ode to Kevin Bacon’s flared nostrils, but thanks to that lovely film series, many of us can no longer step out of a car without considering the possibility of being swallowed whole by some saw-tooth-throated radioactive desert worm…

…or perhaps an undead insurance salesman wishes to tell us about how much we can save if we just let him feed off of our frontal lobe?


I’d just like to talk to you about the word of God… whom I’ve just spoken to, as it so happens…
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If your name is Barbara, chances are you probably don’t wander into cemeteries with your new boyfriends anymore.

1.) Your Own Head

Ok, being afraid of things that are out of your control is one thing – so Starbucks is all out of Coconut Syrup until next summer, that’s fine. But then Hollywood plants the lovely little seed in your head that you might have a different personality in your head that wants to kill your loved ones while you sleep? Well, that’s crossing the line!! If you’re lucky, the killer inside you will be an old imaginary friend you can hang with, like in Playroom.


One can hope that your homicidal personality will at least be a better dresser than you.
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You can’t even go to sleep, because then your brain REALLY takes over, and you can be killed by our aforementioned pal Freddy!

Ok, that’s your bedtime story! Lights out!

Fall Into Change!

London, UK
London, UK

The stand-up comedy tour of England and Ireland was phenomenally exciting!
I am so grateful for the welcoming spirit of the Irish and English comedy networks. I met some very good people, and I hope to nurture lots of new wonderful friendships! John and I were able to do a bunch of shows that were spread out enough that we could visit some incredible and historic places! I took tons of pictures and got loads of new material as an outsider to the native cultures. There are a few new pins on my map of things yet to do in this life…! You never really know what you’re missing if you don’t take a peek!

Liverpool Sunset
Liverpool Sunset

Looking ahead, I’ve been noticing that everything – not just the season – is in a state of great change. Nearly everyone I know is experiencing some kind of turbulence or turmoil, whether they are adjusting to a sudden launch of success or mourning the loss of a job or a loved one. I asked my dad what he thought of all of these life-altering shifts, and he told me this:
“I go outside and Iook around at the birds and the ground squirrels and the other animals… If they’re not packing up their feathers and booking it out of here, I know I’m good.”
It put things well-enough into perspective for me that I wanted to share this reassuring thought! The world isn’t coming to an end. We just need to accept and embrace these differences and make the best we can of them.
So I’m doing just that!

BBC Me
BBC Me

You may hear my voice on some tutorial videos that will be released regularly very soon! One is already in the can… More on that is yet to come!

Central Park, Dublin
Central Park, Dublin

I have been booking a TON of character work, so that’s on an upswing!
Even in Europe I was photographed in professional Marilyn Monroe replica clothing for Costumes By Christine, and Marilyn also got to come out and play for Dublin’s Culture Night event!
Here at home, I was thrilled to play Lucille Ball at a Ribbon-Cutting celebration in San Diego last weekend, and every upcoming weekend is filling up fast with Ice Queen parties! ‘Tis the season for Frozen-themed events, and with my newfound portability I am available almost anywhere! If you’re looking for an Elsa performer this fall or winter, you’ve found her! I also take requests for any new characters, so if you don’t see the one you’re looking for on my roster yet, just ask!
For any comedy or character appearance, I am willing to travel as far as you need, whether that is New York, Texas, California, you name it! If you’ll cover travel/lodging, I’d even love to appear internationally! I’d love to see new places like Dubai or France or Sweden, or even familiar places like Canada or Hawaii! Have costumes will travel 🙂 Wanderlust or Bust!

Guess which one is me :p
Guess which one is me :p

I’m starting to work out the kinks for a major show I’ll be producing soon, so if you’re a large venue looking for big acts, I might just have what you’re looking for! Depending on what city you’re in, there may even be surprise celebrity appearances and cameos! Stay tuned for updates! I can’t even wait to tell you more! But I will.

The first place The Beatles ever played!
The first place The Beatles ever played!

If you’re a fun, high-energy rockabilly band (or if you know someone who is)… I have a great idea! We should talk!

Thames on a rainy afternoon
Thames on a rainy afternoon

I’m deeming this the Solstice of Reality, where I get all of my best ideas off the paper and into the world. Join me! If you do something creative or have a project I can offer any help on, let’s create!

Until next time, kiddos!

EUROPE Report

Here are some of the shows booked out so far:

*ENGLAND*
*Mirth Control* – at Cameo Nightclub in Bournemouth, United Kingdom – Saturday 22 August
*IRELAND*
*Unhinged Comedy Club* at Ha’Penny Bridge Inn  – Dublin, Ireland –  Sunday 23 August
*Roisin Dubh* – Galway, Ireland – Tuesday 25 August
*LOL @ Anseo* – Dublin, Ireland – Wednesday 26 August

*Dew Drop Inn* – Galway, Ireland – Thursday 27 August
*ENGLAND AGAIN*
*Raconteurs* at the Oak & Pastor  – London, England – Wednesday 2 September                               *T-Bird Comedy Club* –  London, UK – Friday 4 September
*The View, Everton* – Liverpool, UK – Friday, 11 September
*IRELAND AGAIN*
*LOL @ Anseo* – Dublin, Ireland – Tuesday, 15 September
*Spirit Store* – Dundalk, Ireland – Saturday, 19 September
*Half-Cut Comedy* – Waterford, Ireland – Thursday, 24 September


There were many more shows added to this list as the tour grew closer, and we hope to arrange another tour again in a year or so, expanding to include cities in Scotland, Finland and France! What a great experience, and we made so many new friends!

What’s New?

My website has gotten revamped (it needed more pink), so it must be time for an update!

Lots of comedy shows and character events have come and gone since the last update, and I apologize for not keeping you up on those… Every time I logged on to write a new Blog, I would see where I left off and be swept away all over again with mourning the loss of my little soul cat. But this… is not really a blog, right? New site, new start.

MOVING FORWARD!

as “Rooster”

(…Because sometimes a tiny actor gets an audition and you have to step in and play a character named Rooster with a bunch of kids.)

Starting July 13th, kids can take acting-themed summer camps with John and me at Forte Music Studios in Fredericksburg, VA!
Here are the camps available this summer:

*ANNIE Musical Theatre Camp*
July 13th – 17th, with a live performance Saturday, July 18th!
*IMPROV Comedy Camp*
July 27th – 31st, with a showcase at the end of the final day!

(NEW!) Elsa’s Ettiquette and High Tea Party! Saturday, August 15th from 10am – noon, when we’ll invite parents back for the Coronation & Knighting Ceremony!

See The Acting Camps Facebook Page for more info!

If you’re a grown-up and you’re looking to catch a comedy show, you can see me Feature at Liberty Laughs in Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, August 15th!
I’ll have my bumper stickers with me if you want to save the shipping time!

COMING TO IRELAND & the UK!

This is pretty big news! This month brought me my very first Washington DC experience, and I can’t even believe that Europe is coming up next!

(American friends, don’t worry, we’ll be back in early October… I mean, probably…)

As always, if I’m in a city near you and you’d like to book your OWN engagement, just email ashley@castingashley.com to schedule a character appearance, comedy show, speaking event, photo shoot, or film/tv project!

Loss and Distraction

I apologize for the relative silence the past few months…
I am mourning the loss of my life’s best, truest friend – my 18 year old cat, Kiki. She was born on my twelfth birthday, and we shared a love that left others reverent, through to the day she died and forever. It was a rocky road to the somewhat abrupt end of her little path, but she couldn’t have had a more peaceful and comfortable transition, which came naturally at our home, surrounded by love.

I have been inconsolable. However, inactivity is unbearable as well, since it forces us to be alone with our thoughts, so I have been very active in the way of working.
I was fortunate to be brought back for year #4 at the Grammy Awards with MasterCard, and as an additional pleasure I distributed Grammy gift bags for American Express as well!
Several princess and Marilyn events have funneled through recent months, but even now it’s hard to remember what has transpired. It’s all been a blur since our final week with Kiki, when her health took such a steep dive.
She has been the axis of my entire world since before I was even a teenager, so without her I have just been reeling…

Time.
In time I will be back full force, but until that time comes, I am staying busy and allowing a respectful, necessary margin of reflection and gratitude for the wonderful, love-rich eighteen years I shared with my little Kiki baby.

Holidays Are All Up On Us. Alll Up In There.

Right off the bat, I wanna throw this out there:

I WANT TO BE IN QUENTIN TARANTINO’S NEW FILM “THE HATEFUL EIGHT.”

Ok, now that THAT’S out of the way, hey look it’s the holiday season!

Black Friday is mere days away, so celebrate while you’re doing your stretches by watching the 2:34 video John and I made about it! It’s a comedic little song starring The Snow Queen and a typical Wal*Mart shopper to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

I had a great time as an icy queen at the charity marathon for OC Cares and Waste Not OC! It’s a great cause and a concept that should really be a standard practice worldwide, but it has to start somewhere so here we are at the beginning of a better world. Check out Waste Not OC’s website and OC Cares for more info!

If you’re looking to spice up your turkey day this year, try the Contact form! I have some great ideas to offer!
Starting with this:

Are you a “Bob’s Burgers” fan? Call me and Louise and Tina will be at your Thanksgiving dinner to serve your family inappropriately! If you REALLY need to seduce a strange southern woman, we’ll even be your pretend family! No white over-alls, though. And no Best Kid tickets needed!

Throwing a Christmas party at work? Want to make your company President blush? Why not invite Marilyn Monroe to sing to him in front of everybody? Then she can mingle around and take photos with all of your co-workers – it will be an unforgettable night! And not just because you Xeroxed your butt.

Your party is at your home, you say? Unwrap the gift of GOLDiE from “Laugh-In”! She’ll even run your White Elephant gift exchange… if she can figure out how it works.

Will there be lots of children at your holiday gathering? Well, if you don’t want to hear THEM singing “Let It Go” thirty-four times, invite the Snow Queen herself to sing it! Once! Then she’ll entertain the little ones for a while so you can catch up on all of the latest with Aunt Fanny and the squirrels in her yard.

If you’re having a hard time deciding between all of these super-entertaining and brilliant ideas, then don’t fret – you can pick more than one! So… see you soon, yeah??

EVENT AVALANCHE!!!!

I got a haircut and went strawberry!

Ok, now that that’s out of the way:

The end of 2014 is shaping up to be a little bit INSANE, so try to keep up!

I have started lapping myself and RE-visiting some of my favorite princess birthday families! That’s so much fun! It is an undeniable perk to get to meet the kids at their birthday parties, and THEN see how much they’ve grown up a year later!! There is no better job anywhere ever!! If you haven’t made one of your family’s little ones’ birthday super-unforgettable with a “celebrity appearance” yet, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Once Upon A Time Character Company‘s list of characters! Trust me, this is absolute MAGIC!

I am also fortunate enough to be working with Corporate Kids on their latest charity event the WHOLE weekend of October 10th! This group steps up across the GLOBE and brings kids together who share common obstacles and they basically create the best weekend-camp they can imagine! I am so, so excited to be a part of this!

I got to “work” at San Diego Comic-Con this year, too, promoting Yahoo! Screen and the hit show Community! It was my second time at Comic-Con, and I always, always enjoy being there!! This time I also got to have FREE SubWay Sandwiches and drinks and chips, as they were giving this away FREE for 4 hours to celebrate Community coming back for a new season!!! SDCC is basically a giant party for everyone within a ten block radius.

I got to work with Nick Cannon, Julianne Hough and Angelique Bates (along with Samsung) at the Dlby Theatre this month, and we BROKE A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD! Ok, so it was just the record for most selfies taken in an hour, but hey – we did it! History made!

Reserve Saturday, November 8th on your calendars, you’re going to be at Angel Stadium in Orange, CA!!! This year’s charity baseball game is going to be even more fun than last year’s! Exclusive access to everything from the locker rooms to the VIP lounges, food catered by Katella Family Grill, see baseball legends on and off the field, the National Anthem sung by yours truly… This is a GREAT TIME to spend with your whole family, and it’ FREE!
Skip the big league crowds, sit in the BEST SEATS!
You can JOIN THE EVENT on facebook for all the details!

Don’t forget to book your holiday parties’ entertainment, too!
I’m thinking Marilyn can be a kitty cat this year for Halloween… Trick or Treat?
Need someone to inappropriately serve the dishes to your Thanksgiving table, or to be your pretend family? May I suggest Louise & Tina Belcher from “Bob’s Burgers”?
And of course, “Laugh-In” Christmas Elf Goldie Hawn is available to help guide your guests through your White Elephant party, if she can just understand how it’s supposed to work!

As always, check-in at my Fan Page for all of the new pictures and character events!
As far as I know I have no comedy shows on the books at the moment, but give me a minute to catch my breath and I might notice one!!

Hey 2014, you just might be redeeming yourself :p Way to wait ’til the last minute, eh?!

Enjoy The Moment…

…for you never know what will happen in the next one!

I’m still mourning Robin, and I have a few other people to go before I can even begin to comprehend Joan – Sorry, honey, take a number. I’m not ready to mourn you yet, because you’re STILL SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.

RIP Robin Williams, my teacher Gregg Williams, Elaine Stritch, my other teacher’s son Joel, Lauren Bacall you-beautiful-thing-you, John’s grandma Doris, Don Pardo, Joan Rivers. So much light has been lost so quickly in this tail-end of 2014, I am not able to fully grasp it yet.
Then again I still get misty-eyed about Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett… and Dom DeLouise… and Jonathan Winters… so there is that.

I’d like to celebrate LIFE with all of you. For the rest of this bizarre year, let’s live it up and share new memories together! Being near those who you love (and of course, who love YOU right back!) is a gift, and any of of those we’ve lost would testify to that!

I hope to personally have the chance to bring smiles to your faces, whether it’s with comedy, improv, or character work… Here are some excuses to drag the aforementioned people you love to their dancing feet:
-Get another unforgettable night out of that princess dress you bought your little girl for Halloween and invite a *real princess* over for a Royal Ball with her whole class!
-Invite * Goldie * to be your Christmas Party Elf (like NONE other, I promise you – she’s also more than happy to emcee your White Elephant gift exchange, though she might not know what is going on…at all)!
-Wake your granddad on Christmas Day only to find * Marilyn Monroe * in his stocking!
-Celebrate your favorite shy-guy’s birthday with a surprise singing telegram of “Happy Birthday” in that oh-so-breathy voice that only Marilyn can quite pull off!

Being an actress, impersonator and a comedian is a lot of fun (a lot of WORK, too), but it really isn’t meaningful without an audience. As much fun as I can have WITH you, it’s not entertaining at ALL if I’m by myself, in my living room. It’s strange, truly. Without an event, without you lovely people, I am but a brush without paint. So I’d like to give a giant THANK YOU to those of you who have supported my constant studying and scouring and detailing and honing, by calling on me to do what I do best – entertain YOU!
Because we ALL need a laugh now more than ever with all of the recent losses, I am taking off $50 of the normal rates out of respect for those legends we’ve lost. Consider it the pouring out of a forty into the street, or whatever it is the kids are saying these days :p

Just click on “Contact” and I’ll be happy to hear from you 🙂

Heatin’ Up!

I have been working hard lately on a travel show for China, so this picture is special: I’m in a helicopter – at the Grand Canyon!!!! And yes, I am afraid if heights. Does it show?? Haha!

The show at the Tustin Gallery (Saturday, May 3rd) was the most fun I’ve ever been lucky enough to be on at the Gallery so far!!! These just keep getting better, so be sure to catch the next one if you haven’t been yet!!

Tonight I had a BLAST with some brand-new friends on the “World’s #1 Comedy Reality Radio Show” The LIVE FROM THE MORGUE PODCAST!
Listen Now!
It was a lot of fun and I am hopeful to come back soon!

On a more serious, important note-
One of the most influential and cheerful teachers I have had in my lifetime – the one who finally made me think History was interesting, and HOW did I not see that before?? – is having a building dedicated to him at my old high school, and deservedly so. He has been struggling in a fight against cancer and we are now in “dark days” (his words). This dedication ceremony will very likely be the last time I see him, though I still hope it isn’t. This man is brimming with character. If there were a movie about him, he’d be a CRAZE to rival the Austin Powers franchise! I hope to someday make just that – a movie celebrating all that is the hilarious and warm Mr. Williams. He’s a man who is gentle, who has never hurt a soul. His students adore him, and want to protect him from pain or troubles. It’s rare that you find a teacher who touches so many hearts in such a pure, honest way, and I am so, so grateful to have his friendship and our shared experiences with me always.

Share your love with those around you! You never know what will change!!

Spring Forward…!

Well, year #3 at the Grammys was the BEST so far!! I was able to do a bit more star-gazing (it’s always fun to see someone in person after hearing SO much about them – I think that’s why we as humans are so drawn to celebrities and royalty), and the time flew by! Our group of “Ladies In Red” had terrible seats, but we were next to Ron Jeremy so we didn’t feel TOO bad about it – I guess HE couldn’t get good seats either, haha! It’s amazing how long the Grammys ceremony is – they only air the GOOD parts on TV, while the rest of us had to sit through HOURS of awards being presented to no one I had heard of… OH, if you didn’t know, the Grammys have been held at the Staples Center for the past few years, and there is a rule there where once you are inside you can NOT leave. If you leave the stadium, your ticket becomes useless! People still offer to buy your ticket outside without knowing that. I hope no one gave in! Anyway, because of that rule you HAVE to sit through all four hours of the event. Another little-known fact you won’t hear about anywhere else: unless you have a private suite in the stadium, there is NO ALCOHOL sold during the Grammys!!! Imagine it, hundreds of MUSICIANS and no booze!
Well, there is ONE place, but access is very limited, it’s the whole reason I am there at all, and that’s ALL I will tell you 😉

I had a great time at the Tustin Gallery of Performing Arts on February 1st, in comedy news! Great line-up, and a headliner I have known since before I even started doing stand-up, Claude Stewart! It was nice to share the stage with someone who contributed to my ascent into the field 🙂

Marilyn news, this time, is a little different…

NEVER STAY AT ARIZONA CHARLIE’S OR THE STRATOSPHERE HOTELS IN LAS VEGAS!

Now, I would never, EVER put someone’s job in jeopardy for doing something phenomenally inappropriate unless I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN something awful had been done. With that in mind…
John and I were working the Consumer Electronics Convention in Las Vegas this year (and he was performing at the Laugh Factory there), and because I was in VEGAS I, of course, took Marilyn with me! John and I stayed at a hotel called Arizona Charlie’s close to the convention center. It’s part of the Stratosphere chain. We left my wig and costumes in the room and went to Day One of the four-day expo. When we returned, our room had been cleaned. I got ready for a night of Marilyning… only to discover upon wigging that… THE MAID HAD WORN MY WIG!!!!
Yes, you read that right.
There is no denying it.
The wig that I have worn so often and know like it’s my own hair… The wig that I wash and style MYSELF and know every detail of… was SO stretched out from misuse (and likely the man-hands of someone trying to stuff their giant hair into it without a wig cap) that when I put it on and turned my head, I could feel it FLOPPING AROUND behind my head!!!!!! The spaces between the lines of curls were so stretched apart that you could clearly see MY wig cap underneath.
RUINED.
I reported it to Bryanna, the front desk manager, and she stared blankly at me with NO surprise in her eyes at all that this happened, eventually saying, “That isn’t my department. You’d have to talk to Security.”
I asked her to call them and she finally showed surprise, as if it hadn’t occurred to her that she had access to a phone. he called Security for me, and they walked me over to their little casino booth and had me fill out a Statement form. I asked for a copy of my statement, and THEY acted surprised as if they’d have never thought of that. They obliged. John and I kept the “Do Not Disturb” sign securely fastened to the door of the room, as we did NOT want anyone coming and and trying on anything else – our hairbrushes, or TOOTHbrushes, who knows?
24 hours passed.
Nothing.
I called the front desk and asked Bryanna what was happening with my statement. She said she had sent an email to the head of housekeeping and did not know anything else past that because, of course, that also “wasn’t her department.”
The head of housekeeping (Shayla?) did not call me back until the day AFTER WE CHECKED OUT OF THE HOTEL.
I called Security and asked them for an update as to what was being done. They said they had performed “lock interrogation” to see who had access to our room. It seems this chain has no idea which housekeepers are in which rooms at any given time. They had not figured anything out “yet”.
The next day, another 24 hours later, I called again. They were surprised no one had called us to apologize (NOT ONE employee said “We’re sorry that happened to you” until TWO WEEKS after the incident was reported). They now said they had “checked the video cameras” outside our room to see who had gone into our room that day. They did not give me any information about this. They did say whether or not they had checked the maid’s phone for pictures of her in my wig, which – come on – you know she took some.
In our entire stay there, we never received new towels, soap, you name it. All the while, the maid who did this still had open access to our room and obviously no regard for rules or propriety. It was an extremely uncomfortable and stressful week. We left our valuables in our car, which didn’t provide us with much more security as the parking lot was littered with garbage and hypodermic needles (we took pictures, I’m not even kidding here).
After leaving Las Vegas and returning to Los Angeles, two weeks after this happened, the head of housekeeping had directed us to the hotel’s Risk Management department (what they had to do with anything I will never know). Upon reviewing my livid statement (wigs are NOT CHEAP!), their official response to me was, in exact words: “The hotel has completed it’s investigation, and we have closed the file. You will not be receiving any compensation for this as we do not believe that it happened. This is our final stance on the matter You have a good day.” *click*
There it is. Official permission for the maid service in this hotel chain to try on your things with absolutely no repercussions
If you are going to Las Vegas to get married, go the extra mile and stay somewhere nicer than this. I would hate for you to hang your gorgeous wedding dress in the closet, only to come back to your room and find that some giant maid had tried it on and ripped the seams.
I have not heard from the chain in any way since the event, despite several messages to the hotel’s Manager, Justine Thomas, and a message left with the chain’s CEO, Bruce F Becker’s assistant “Jenny.”
I have paid in full for a new wig, and suffered through an entire week in a horrible, filthy hotel, no thanks to Bruce Becker and the Stratosphere hotels.

On the bright side, it IS hilarious that this kind of thing can even happen in 2014. With the use of the internet and travel websites like hotwire.com and yelp… did they think NO ONE would ever hear about this?!

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