Three Hong Kong women have pleaded guilty to a charge of theft in a court in Taipei after they stole expensive seafood from a famous local restaurant.
They were spared jail time and allowed to pay for the stolen goods, Apple Daily reports.
The court heard that the defendants, surnamed Tsui, Liu and Chong, all in their twenties, went to Addiction Aquatic Development, a restaurant with a seafood market section, on Christmas Eve.
They allegedly stole six abalones, eight raw oysters and three spot prawns and hid them in their coats and bags.
A cleaning woman found the packing they left behind in a toilet and alerted the security guard.
The trio were stopped as they were trying to leave the premises. Several uneaten raw oysters were found on one of them.
They appeared to be drunk and told police they did not have money to pay for the items. They were arrested and a charged with theft and prevented from leaving the island.
They settled with the prosecution by agreeing to pay NT$4,515 (US$139.88) for the stolen seafood.
Netizens criticized them for ruining the image of Hong Kong, particularly Hong Kong women, Sing Tao Daily reported.
Taiwan has seen several cases of bad behavior involving Hong Kong women in the past few years.
Two years ago, two young women were jailed for several months for theft, forgery and damage to property before they were deported to Hong Kong.
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