Furries - people who dress up like cartoon animals and do less sex stuff than you'd think - know that the rest of society finds them weird. In public, they often respond to this by being very careful and polite. So much so, that we could all learn a thing or two about their hotel etiquette.
Image: Douglas Muth
For example, a group of furries at the recent Midwest FurFest in the US left their hotel cleaning staff a nice tip and a thank-you note, according to photographer and furry RykerHusky. (Warning: RykerHusky's Twitter feed does do as much sex stuff as you'd think.)
Remember to write a kind note and to tip your housekeeps. They have to deal with a lot each time we have a convention. So take the time to tell them thanks and that you appreciate their hard work because a little can go a long way. @n00neimp0rtant @kaiserthebloo @DoddsieFox pic.twitter.com/E9lHVcJGgz
— Curled Ornament Destroyer | FC | BLFC (@RykerHusky) December 4, 2017
Any time you're part of a large group staying at a hotel, like at a convention or festival, recognise that the staff is working extra hard and probably not getting extra pay. Be respectful, tip well, and thank them. (A good tip isn't an excuse to act like a dick.) Even when you're not dressed like a knockoff Wile E. Coyote.
A "furry" is someone who enjoys dressing up in anthropomorphic animal costumes. While the subculture is much larger in the US, there is a sizeable community here in Australia with at least two annual furry conventions - Confurgence in Melbourne and Furdu in Surfer's Paradise.
If you happen to cross paths with a troupe of furries, there's no reason to be alarmed. However, you need to behave the right way so that everyone remains comfortable.