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Couples named Mary and Joseph get free room

A British hotel chain is offering couples called Mary and Joseph a free night’s stay over Christmas.
/ Source: Reuters

A British hotel chain is offering couples called Mary and Joseph a free night’s stay over Christmas.

“We are trying to make up for the hotel industry not having any rooms left on Christmas Eve 2004 years ago,” said Sandy Leckie, manager of the Travelodge hotel in London’s Covent Garden.

“Our hotel is definitely more comfortable than a stable. I just hope they don’t bring their donkey,” he said.

But the offer has just one proviso -- the Marys and Josephs have to prove their identities first.