UK Hotel Replaces Gideon Bibles with Pornographic Novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
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- 2012 Jul 16
The bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E.L. James may be outpacing the Bible in popularity, as one British hotel manager has decided to replace Gideon Bibles traditionally stocked in guest rooms for copies of the book, the Christian Post reports. Wayne Bartholomew, general manager of Damson Dene Hotel in Cumbria, Northwest England, said he got the idea after a discussion with fans on Facebook. "Fifty Shades of Grey is all that people are talking about at the moment, but I know that some are too shy to buy it for themselves," he said. "I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet, and that includes the men. They are as desperate to get their hands on a copy as are the women." The Daily Mail reported that there was "outrage" over Bartholomew's decision in relegating copies of the Bible to the front desk, but reactions from the more than 3,200 fans of the hotel's official Facebook page have been mixed.