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Entry from September 09, 2022
“You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay 100/night to sleep on one at a hotel”

"You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay three hundred bucks a night to sleep on one at a hotel” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Earlier versions of the joke (pre-2022) had lower amounts, such as $100 a night and $200 a night.

“You can’t even give away a used mattress, but people pay $200 a night to sleep on one” was posted on Twitter by Kirby on January 30, 2010. “RT @kshiffler: ‘You can’t even give away a used mattress, but people pay $200 a night to sleep on one’” was posted on Twitter by Steph Sipe on January 30, 2010. The account @kshiffler is no longer on Twitter and the original tweet is no longer available.

American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Jim Gaffigan told the joke in 2012, using $100 a night. “‘you couldn’t give away a used mattress, but we’ll pay $100 to sleep on one for a night’ staying in DC after @JimGaffigan - great show!” was posted on Twitter by Jenny Starks on February 25, 2012. “‘You couldn’t give away a used mattress but we’ll pay $100 to sleep on one for a night.’ - Jim Gaffigan” was posted on Twitter by Aaron Michelson on May 13, 2012. “Jimmy Fallon guest Jim Gaffigan: Hotels. You’re not allowed to give away a used mattress, but you can pay $100 to sleep on one for a night” was posted on Twitter by Strange de Jim on May 24, 2012.

“Ever wonder why you can’t give away a used mattress, but we’ll pay $300 to sleep on one for a night at a hotel?!” was posted on Twitter by 🇨🇦ƬӨЯᄃΉIΛ💎 on April 5, 2022. “You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay three hundred bucks a night to sleep on one at a hotel” (shown on an image) was posted on Facebook by Gail Kelly on June 30, 2022.


Twitter
Kirby
@kirbynardo
“You can’t even give away a used mattress, but people pay $200 a night to sleep on one.”
10:13 PM · Jan 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Steph Sipe
@StephSipe
RT @kshiffler: “You can’t even give away a used mattress, but people pay $200 a night to sleep on one.”
11:55 PM · Jan 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jenny Starks
@jennystarks
“you couldn’t give away a used mattress, but we’ll pay $100 to sleep on one for a night” staying in DC after
@JimGaffigan - great show!
1:21 AM · Feb 25, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Rachael Riddle
@RachaelRiddle25
“You couldn’t give away a used mattress but we’ll pay $100 to sleep on one for one night. Thanks priceline"-- Jim gaffigan mr. universe
10:56 AM · Apr 20, 2012·TweetDeck

Twitter
Aaron Michelson
@aaronmichelson
“You couldn’t give away a used mattress but we’ll pay $100 to sleep on one for a night.” - Jim Gaffigan
12:58 AM · May 13, 2012·Twitter for Android

Twitter
U2 Tribute Band UZoo
@U2TributeBand
“You couldn’t give away a used mattress, but you’ll pay $100 to sleep on one in a hotel” -Jim Gaffigan
2:02 AM · May 24, 2012·Trillian

Twitter
Strange de Jim
@strangedejim
Jimmy Fallon guest Jim Gaffigan: Hotels. You’re not allowed to give away a used mattress, but you can pay $100 to sleep on one for a night.
4:56 PM · May 24, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
MXCHAELSHABAZZ
@audiblenostic
Dude on @jimmyfallon last nite.."u cant give away a used mattress but people will pay 100$ a nite to sleep on one” haha hotels, sooo true!
10:37 AM · May 25, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Brandy Porter
@chickerbp
“You can’t give away a used mattress but we’ll pay a hundred bucks to sleep on one for a night.” @JimGaffigan on @jimmyfallon
6:08 AM · May 26, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Paul Dennis
@luap302
We couldn’t give away a used mattress but we will pay a $100 bucks a night to sleep on one at a hotel.
9:18 PM · Nov 20, 2012·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Joshua Whitehead
@JWhitehead204
You couldn’t give away a used mattress but we’ll sure as hell pay $100 a night to sleep on one #hotelproblems
3:26 AM · Dec 3, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
sickly victorian child-ghost
@TheGreatPatsby
You couldn’t give a used mattress away for free but we pay $100 a night to sleep on one at a hotel.
3:10 PM · Dec 5, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Mark Phalon
@MarkPhalon84
Most people wouldn’t even think about taking a used mattress roadside but will spend $150+ a night to sleep on one at a hotel #thinkaboutit
7:49 PM · Jul 5, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Madison Beaird
@MadicineRxB
You couldn’t give away a used mattress but we will pay $100 a night to sleep on one at a hotel
8:28 PM · May 20, 2015·Tweetlogix

Twitter
Mr Insufficent Funds
@jeremydvid
You couldn’t give away a used mattress. But people pay $100 a night to sleep on one.
3:49 PM · Dec 30, 2018·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
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@ProudVirginian
“you couldn’t give away a used mattress, but we’ll pay a hundred bucks to sleep on one for a night” ~Jim Gaffigan
9:32 AM · Jul 7, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
🇨🇦ƬӨЯᄃΉIΛ💎
@kingtorc
Ever wonder why you can’t give away a used mattress, but we’ll pay $300 to sleep on one for a night at a hotel?!
10:48 PM · Apr 5, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Gail Kelly
June 30, 2022 at 5:13 AM ·
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
You can’t give
away a used
mattress but
somehow we’ll
pay three
hundred bucks a
night to sleep on
one at a hotel.

Facebook
Kevin Salewski
june 30, 2022 at 9:25 AM ·
🤔🤔🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
You can’t give away a
used mattress but
somehow we’ll pay
three hundred bucks a
night to sleep on one at
a hotel.

Twitter
Alison Nicolson-Rae
@Nicolsonraea
You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay three hundred bucks a night to sleep on one at a hotel.
8:51 PM · Jul 1, 2022·Twitter for Android

Facebook
MY CRAZY WORLD
July 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM ·
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
You can’t give away a
used mattress but
somehow we’ll pay three
hundred bucks a night to
sleep on one at a hotel..

Twitter
Witty_Idiot
@Witty_Idiot2
You can NOT give away a used mattress; but somehow you’ll pay $300 a night to sleep on one at a hotel. 😁
11:33 AM · Jul 3, 2022·Twitter for Android

Facebook
,i>Oldtimers
Poster based in Bulgaria · July 17, 2022 at 9:02 AM ·
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
You can’t give away
a used mattress but
somehow we’ll pay
three hundred bucks
a night to sleep on
one at a hotel.

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay three hundred bucks a night to sleep on one at a hotel.
6:37 PM · Jul 20, 2022·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Brad
@BraddrofliT
“You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay $300.00 a night to sleep on one at a hotel.” 😳
3:35 PM · Aug 16, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jokes UK 🔞
@jokesuk
You can’t give away a used mattress but somehow we’ll pay £150 a night to sleep on one at a hotel 🤷🏼‍♂️
9:53 AM · Aug 17, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jst_n_avg_guy2
@Harleysdad65
I can’t give away a used mattress but people will pay over a $150 bucks a night to sleep on one at a hotel.🤷‍♂️
11:04 PM · Sep 5, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

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