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Strange Hotel Request: Three Red M&Ms and a Picture of Bacon Please (PHOTO)

Travelers Today       By    Karen Fredrickson

Updated: Jul 21, 2013 03:07 PM EDT

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Dustin Wray booked a hotel room for himself and his girlfriend at the Woodlands Resort near Houston, and, as a lark, decided to test the hotel's customer service by making a strange request, according to ABC News. In the "special requests" section of the online reservation form, Wray requested three red M&Ms and a picture of bacon.

"Three red M&Ms on the counter," Wray, 28, said. "Not packages, just three single M&Ms.

"One for me, one for my girlfriend and one to split if we get hungry late at night," Wray added in his request.

Wray was traveling with his girlfriend, Lauren Taylor, from New Braunsels, Texas, and that wasn't the end of the unusual request.

"And a picture of bacon on the bed," Wray added. "I love pictures of bacon.

"I figured real bacon would be too hard to come by," Wray, who works as an account manager for a cloud computing company, told ABC News. "I wrote it so that if they saw it they would laugh because it was stupid, but also make it feasible if they actually wanted to fulfill it."

When the couple arrived at the hotel on Friday night, they were in for a surprise.

"I saw the three red M&M's there and it honestly confused me," Wray said. "I was staring at them thinking this is weird.

"And then Lauren started laughing at the picture on the bed [of bacon] and I turned and looked and that's when it all clicked.

"We celebrated by eating a small amount of M&Ms," he said. "We laughed about it a bunch and thought it was absolutely cool."

He was so surprised that the hotel had actually met his request that he didn't bring it up with the hotel staff, not even to let them in on the joke. He also didn't even leave a tip when they checked out.

"As we were driving home I felt like a jerk," he said. "I definitely have to go back to right my wrong."

Wray decided to share the hotel's great service on Reddit. He posted the photographs of his request and the M&Ms and bacon on the bed, figuring it might generate some good publicity by the hotel, which he named in his post.

Within four hours, it had 80,000 views and that led to local coverage on a Houston radio show, as well as in local blogs and newspapers.

An official from Woodlands Resort contacted Wray and offered him another stay for free as a thank you.

"I'm definitely going to be back and I'll right my wrong in the tip department," Wray vowed.  "I included the name of the resort hoping if people saw it they'd think, 'I want to stay there.'"

Guests' special requests usually involve marriage proposals and odd things like Wray's request, but that the hotel is happy to fulfill them, according to Greg Parsons, the resort's general manager.

"We want the staff to have fun with the customer," Parsons said.  "It keeps up on our toes and if we can bring joy to somebody, why not."

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