“Shall I wrap it up for you?”,
Gisela Rompf, the intent host, asks me when she sees me struggling with the food. Shortly thereafter she comes back with a high-quality box of glass with my leftovers inside. Not the usual styrofoam or aluminium box, I am visibly surprised. She smiles at me and explains:
“This is much more environmentally friendly and the next time you’re around you can bring it back.”
A traditional Bavarian guesthouse as a pioneer in innovation. I am impressed!
However, I’m secretly wondering whether this system REALLY works for them. Doesn’t every guest just keep this nice and useful box? Gisela seems to feel my scepticism and explains:
“Amongst 100 guests there was not a single onewho didn’t bring back the box.”
She smiles and adds:
“Very often our guests even return the boxes with a little note or some sweets in it. There were also some guests who sent their friends or neighbours to bring the box back and this way we’ve even been referred new guests. This fact makes us particularly happy!”
Thank you for this wonderful idea and greetings to our Service Hero, Gisela Rompf!