Anthony Anderson admits stealing towels from the White House


Have you guys ever stolen from a hotel? Since I worked in hotels, I know they just charge you for whatever’s missing from the room, so I don’t get too worked up about my friends who take stuff. I don’t take big stuff because I also know how expensive it is. I do swipe the shampoos and lotions because they can’t reuse those (although housekeeping can take them home). But this is a little different. While appearing on The Real the other day, Anthony Anderson admitted he swiped some towels from The White House after visiting during the Obama administration. But according to Anthony, they weren’t for him and, he paid for them… sort of:

What Anthony said about stealing from The White House:

I heard that you actually once stole towels from The White house

Okay, well, let me tell you this first off, that’s the people’s house, so it’s not stealing. My taxpayers paid for those linen towns that I brought home with me. I like to think that it was just a return on my investment. I washed them but, I still got them I did, I took the linen towels and I brought them back for Dion Cole just because he was like, “Man bring me something back from The White House,” and I saw my opportunity.

But I will tell you what I did steal, I did a USO tour years ago, on the First Lady’s plane, Air Force Two. And this is when I knew we truly had a black president and a black family in The White House, because there was grape Kool-Aid on Air Force Two. So I took the packages of grape Kool-Aid and brought them home and I still have them in my kitchen right now.

[From YouTube via SOW]

I get the argument that we do pay the upkeep of The White House, but it still feels like you’re a guest stealing from a host. Would the towels have logos on them? I guess I could see it. Plus, I’m sure Anthony Anderson is not the first person to walk out of that place with a few towels shoved in their briefcase. Better than the silverware, right? That stuff needs more time for engraving. And while I would classify the towels as at least swiping, I don’t see it as stealing from Air Force Two. I see anything that fits in your pockets on a plane as fair game. Anthony said he also made off with a pack of playing cards with a photo of the First Lady on them. The Real hosts all thought he was making it up. Playing cards? Those are great stocking stuffers, especially Air Force Two playing cards, thank you. When I boarded, MObama would ask why I had on so many layers and I’d have told her up front, I needed the pockets to fill with AF2 stuff and asked the best place to start.



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  1. ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

    About 15 years ago I stole 4 towels from the first luxury hotel I stayed at. They didn’t charge me, but I felt guilty so I never did it again. But I still have the towels even though they now I’ve been washed so many times they have holes in them. I put them in my kids bathrooms.

  2. Kay says:

    I steal towels from hotel all the time, I think all hotels expect it and probably dont care that much, they dont like when you steal the pool towels though since those are more expensive, Usually when i got to a hotel there’s a note by the pool towel saying if they go missing there’s a $25 fee charged to your stay but there’s no note by the white bathroom towels the way i take that they don’t want you to take the pool towels but they are ok with you taking the regular bathroom towels, which i help myself to a couple, trust me they can afford it.

  3. Midnight@theOasis says:

    My late mother-in-law would take the toilet paper, towels, and toiletries from hotel rooms: “You paid for them, so you should take them.” 😂😂

  4. Mee says:

    Loll I would steal so much from the WH and AF2. Sooo much stuff!!

  5. holly hobby says:

    Ugh they shouldn’t give the rotting mango ideas. He’d cart all the antiques out of the WH before he leaves. I hope housekeeping is maintaining an itemized log of items.

  6. Stacy Dresden says:

    Lol. I love Anthony Anderson. I suppose if the administration can waste hundreds of millions on “the wall” he can take some towels.