Sunday morning I was identified as a mystery shopper. Fortunately it was for a hotel and not one of the service shops. I do not know how my cover was blown, but the scenario does put me at risk. One requirement for this hotel (a low end property - I only took it for the free night) was that I take exterior photos of the property. I took every precaution: there were two entrances, so my photos were taken from the back entrance. I did not see security cameras so I can't figure out how they would have known. Plus, it was a simple shop. Other than check-in and check-out, I only had to have one interaction with an employee.
It was interesting how I "discovered" that I had been outed. When I checked out I requested a copy of my folio. There, next to my payment information, was a note: "DB Ref PO# Possible Mystery Shopper!! Use His Name!!". If DB stands for database, I wonder if the company-wide system is now annotated with this. Let's hope not - I am checking into another hotel for this company tomorrow.
Unfortunately, this also meant I had to cancel my Sunday night reservation. When I contacted the mystery shopping company to let them know I was discovered, they agreed that a second shop in the Dallas area was risky.