Oprah Filled a Hotel Room With Hidden Cash for Housekeeping: "Somebody Is Going to Be Happy Today!"

Oprah Filled a Hotel Room With Hidden Cash for Housekeeping: "Somebody Is Going to Be Happy Today!"

The Wrinkle in Time billionaire tucked money throughout the room just to make someone's day.

By Alesandra Dubin

Many hotel guests — even frequent travelers — sometimes find themselves confused when it comes to figuring out how much tip to leave in a hotel room for housekeeping. And while the topic might be puzzling for many, it was a source of pure joy for Oprah Winfrey during a recent hotel stay.

Let's just say, in true Oprah style, the billionaire found a way not just to tip her hotel housekeepers, but to do it lavishly and in an absolutely thrilling game-style way. (You get a tip! And you get a tip! And you get a tip!)

The Wrinkle in Time star told People that she developed a way to turn tips into fun — and highly lucrative — surprises for the staff during that visit. “This made me so happy recently: People never leave money for the housekeepers in a hotel,” she noted. (And the reality is you absolutely must tip hotel housekeeping no matter what — because their livelihoods depend on it.)

She continued, “I usually just leave the money on the pillow, but this time I put it all over the room: under the desk, on the counter with the M&Ms, in the shower. As I was leaving, I was like, ‘Somebody is going to be happy today, yes!’”

And her ability to make people happy — through her famous show giveaways and in any other possible fashion — is what gives Oprah some of her greatest pleasures. “Nothing makes me happier than to see other people in their purest moments of joy,” she told People. “Sometimes, honest to goodness, I’m just sitting around thinking, ‘What could I do to make somebody feel really good today?’ To be able to do that for somebody, that’s one of the great joys of my life.”

How do we love Oprah? Let us count the ways.

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