Date
19 November 2017
A Hong Kong man accused of leaving his Taipei hotel room in a mess has blamed ill-health for his lapse. Photos: sina.com, Apple Daily
A Hong Kong man accused of leaving his Taipei hotel room in a mess has blamed ill-health for his lapse. Photos: sina.com, Apple Daily

HK man escapes jail time after trashing Taipei hotel room

What would be your excuse if you were apprehended after trashing a hotel room? That you just made yourself at home? Or that you were too drunk to remember what you’ve done? 

How about saying that you were unwell and didn’t know what you were doing!

Well, this is apparently what a Hong Kong man is said to have told authorities in Taipei after he was hauled in for questioning following a complaint from a local hotel.  

The man, who bears the surname Luk, told police that he shouldn’t be penalized for his actions as he was unwell and couldn’t help himself, according to a Metro Daily Hong Kong report Wednesday.  

The 29-year-old was said to have been questioned by police as he left his room at Taipei Fullerton Hotel in a mess, strewing toilet paper and garbage on the floor as well as committing other offenses.

After arriving in Taiwan as a tourist last Friday, the man checked out on Tuesday. Housekeeping staff found his room in a shocking state and also discovered that he had smoked in the room, which is illegal.

He was apprehended and taken in for questioning by the police, which is when Luk is said to have offered his unique explanation.

After listening to his entreaties, he was let off with a warning, the report said. Jail time was avoided as the hotel decided not to press charges, it said.   

Luk then took a flight back to Hong Kong on Tuesday. A friend was quoted as saying that Luk had originally planned to stay in Taiwan until March 20 but decided to leave early as he was indisposed.

Last year, two Hong Kong women served five months in a Taiwanese prison for trashing their rented apartment.

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