SINGAPORE - It seemed like an elaborate April Fool's joke.
A home owner at Chuan Park condominium found his living-room toilet stripped bare by renovators when he returned home after sending his children to school on April 1.
But the man, who wanted to be known only as Mr Ong, had not planned any renovations and there was no friend who popped up to say: "April Fool!"
The mystery was solved a few minutes later - the workers were supposed to be working on the flat above.
Mr Ong said that his maid, who had been at home with his 84-year-old mother, had let the workers in at 9am.
He said: "The contractors did not speak English and the maid was new."
She had been working with his family for four months.
"She thought that I wanted renovations for my toilet, so she let them in," he said in Mandarin.