Shameful. An embarrassment .
A disgrace to Singaporeans. These were some of the online insults thrown at a Singaporean couple after they were exposed for allegedly wrecking a one-room apartment when they were on holiday in Taiwan.
They had rented the apartment in the popular Ximending district in the capital Taipei for five nights in June through Airbnb.com.
The website allows property owners around the world to rent out their apartments or rooms to tourists.
The owner of the room, a 37-year-old tour guide, Mr Wang Chang Li, passed his key to a friend who handed it to the couple on June 6.
The woman in her early 20s is known as Cindy, Mr Wang said, adding that he is still trying to get back his apartment keys. Mr Wang has posted pictures of their exchanges and her online profiles on his Facebook account.
His encounter with the couple was reported by the Taiwanese media and featured on local websites The Real Singapore and Stomp.
Mr Wang told The New Paper over the phone from Taipei on Monday that the couple had told him they did not like the apartment after they arrived. They cancelled the reservation and demanded a refund after one night.
But when he returned two days later to clean up the place, he found it a mess. The air-conditioner was spoilt because it had been left on full blast at 16 deg C for a long time. The toilet tap was still running.