Honeymoon vacations are meant to be a time of relaxation and intimacy for newlyweds as they celebrate the joyous occasion of coming together in marriage.
However, one such couple from China had theirs ruined after they uncovered a troubling discovery — a hidden camera placed inside the room of an Airbnb in Sabah.
Found hidden camera inside socket at Airbnb room in Sabah
In the Xiaohongshu post dated Sept 14, the woman wrote that she and her husband booked a hotel room in Kota Kinabalu via Airbnb.
After touching down at the airport at 2am and reaching the room at 3am on Sept 6, the both of them carried out an inspection of the room to check for any hidden cameras, where one of the power sockets caught their eye.
When my partner shone his phone’s flashlight (on the socket), it looked like there was a reflective surface. So we dismantled the socket panel and were shocked to find a hidden camera placed between the two USB ports.
“After discovering the hidden camera, I contacted an agent from Airbnb, who saw my message but didn’t reply. I don’t know whether he was at a loss of answering me or not,” she wrote.
The woman added that since the hidden camera was facing the bed, she was too afraid to undress or take a shower. Her husband then used tissue paper to cover it up before they retired for the night.
Lodged police report
The next morning, the woman contacted Airbnb about the issue, who told her and her husband to check out from the hotel immediately and find another hotel to stay, a move which she praised them for.
After her post garnered much attention, the woman went to lodge a police report. However, she faced much difficulty in doing so due to a language barrier, causing her to return without lodging one.
Thankfully, a local woman reached out to her and offered to accompany her to the police station, allowing her to finally lodge the report at 6pm.
Told to delete posting
The woman and her husband met up with the police slightly before 8pm, who said they had contacted the Airbnb agent. To the couple’s surprise, the agent accused them of trying to skip out on paying RM400.
Why would I go through all this trouble just to avoid paying RM400 a night for accommodation? Our honeymoon plans were completely disrupted!
“The police also told me to delete the post from social media, which I did so without thinking twice. But after returning to my home country, I decided to reshare the post again to warn others as it can happen to anyone,” she wrote.
Kudos to the couple’s alertness in uncovering the hidden camera. Next time, be sure to inspect the hotel room closely as you’d never know whether you’ll be targeted!