A new technology will allow hotels to start tracking you after you check out...if you steal their towels.

Theft of hotel towels is a long-running joke, but it's obviously no laughing matter to the hospitality industry. Hotels have a new way to track towel takers. A small microchip can be sewn into the fabric of the towels that can activated once a towel leaves hotel property. DailyMail.com reports,

The tiny chip send signals to antennae positioned at the hotel's entrance or exit, letting owners know if a towel has left the property.

Towels are bendable, chips last up to 300 washes and tags can be read by sensors up to six feet away. 

The towel chip is called Linen Tracking Technology and has been put into use in 2000 hotels.