Chinese couple steal a toilet seat from a Japanese hotel
19 October 2016 – A couple from China have been forced to post back a toilet seat they stole from a Japanese hotel.
The couple were on a trip to Japan and stole a toilet seat from their room in the Toyoko Inn hotel in Nagoya on October 17.
Upon discovering the couple had taken the expensive Japanese toilet seat, the hotel reportedly demanded the couple return the item.
The couple from Taizhou, eastern China, travelled on a group trip to Japan and were staying in Nagoya when they decided to take the multi-function toilet seat with them.
Upon realising the toilet seat had been taken, the hotel called the group’s tour guide and reported the theft to the police, according to the Huanqiu report.
The couple, named Li and Chen, claimed they took the toilet seat because they thought it was left by other guests who had stayed in the same room.
Ms Chen is said to be a commercial bank manager.
The couple published an apology letter online which said: ‘I hope the hotel and local travel agency can treat this with leniency. I promise this behaviour won’t happen again.’
Japanese toilet seats are known for having many functions and devices and are becoming a sign of wealth in China.
Spring Airlines, the company the couple flew with, said ‘We have verified that the involved tourists had purchased a six-day travel package to Japan via Tuniu.’
The company added: ‘They stayed at the Toyoko Inn Chubu Kokusai-kuko Honkan where they mistook a toilet seat for an item left by other hotel visitors. They took it and left the hotel.
‘The toilet seat was sent back to the hotel on October 18. Currently, the involved tourists and the tour guide are still travelling in Japan. They will head back to China on October 22.’
The tour agency said it held emergency meetings for the incident.