A hotel bellhop survives a weird New Year's Eve. Ted is a bellhop in a Los Angeles hotel who has to work on New Year's Eve. Ted is annoyed that he has to work alone on New Year's Eve after his co-worker Betty calls in to work to say that she cannot work that night, but things keep getting worse, as he receives phone calls from guests making increasingly outlandish requests. First, a coven of witches conducting a magic ritual in one of the hotel rooms insist that Ted's semen is the missing ingredient that will make their spell succeed. Next, a couple engaging in a weird, sexual game calls on Ted to intervene. Then, a suave but creepy gentleman and his elegant wife ask Ted to watch their son and daughter while they go out to celebrate New Year's Eve. Ted reluctantly agrees, hoping that the children will go to sleep soon, because he cannot keep a close eye on them when he is busy working at the front desk. The children are dressed up to go out, and sleep is the last thing on their minds. As soon as Ted leaves the room, the children drink wine, smoke cigarettes, and watch the adult channel on TV. When Ted returns to find them awake and making trouble, he tucks them into bed and rubs and Icy Hot-like substance on their eyelids, so they will not be able to open their eyes. When he leaves the room, the girl feels her way to the bathroom and washes the Icy Hot off of her eyelids and then washes it off of her brother's eyelids. They go back to causing havoc, and when they push the mattress off the bed, they find the body of a dead woman stashed in the box spring. The girl calls Ted in horror. Ted comes to the room and concludes that the dead woman was a prostitute, an assumption to which the little girl takes offense. They argue, and the girl stabs Ted in the leg with a hypodermic needle she found near the woman's body, while her brother sets the room's curtains on fire. As Ted dances around in pain and terror while the hotel room goes up in flames, the children's parents return. At this point, it is almost morning, and Ted has had enough, and he calls Betty to insist that she come to work and help him on this terrible night. The apartment where Betty and her roommates live is full of sleeping potheads, except for two who are up, playing video games. The one who answers the phone does not know Betty, but Ted eventually convinces her to find Betty and wakes her up. Betty refuses to come to work, leaving Ted to deal with another disastrous situation on his one. In the penthouse suite after an all-night party, two men have made a bet that if one of them can light his lighter ten times in a row, he will win money. If he cannot, his pinky finger will be cut off. The party host offers Ted one thousand dollars to witness the event. The movies ends with the man's pinky finger being cut off.
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Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the story because the events kept getting weirder and weirder.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was the party in the penthouse suite, where the host makes a long speech about the bet involving the lighter and the pinky finger.
Opinion about the main character:
I identified with Ted, because I have worked in service jobs on holidays, and sometimes things get outrageously annoying.