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Hotel staff mistake tawas powder for drugs, girl and her friends get arrested

The girls were tested for drugs but the police later found that the white powder found in the bathroom of the hotel room was actually alum deodorant

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Sharonia Paruntu planned to celebrate her birthday with her friends, so they booked a hotel room to party.

However, she and her friends ended up being arrested for 14 hours because of a misunderstanding with hotel staff.

Paruntu, an Indonesian teenager living in Singapore, took to Instagram to share her strange birthday experience.

She and her friends were staying at the W Singapore in Sentosa Cove on Nov 10.

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According to her account of the events, her friends got stuck in the bathroom because the door won’t budge.

They called for help from the hotel staff.

The staff who helped open the door noticed a small resealable packet filled with white powder in the bathroom. Not knowing what it was, the staff may have suspected it was an illegal substance and called the police.

Paruntu and her friends were reportedly escorted out of the hotel in handcuffs according to an initial report by The New Paper.

“[It] was really humiliating because some of the hotel guests saw us and assumed we are [criminals],” she posted.

Police detained the girls and followed procedure in the investigation.

The white powder turned out to be tawas or alum deodorant.

“They were released unconditionally at 1.43am on Nov 11 after preliminary testing on the white powder and their urine samples turned up negative for controlled drugs,” police said.

Paruntu shared that the hotel charged but eventually refunded the S$1,700 for the broken door. The hotel has since apologised as well./TISG

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