A video of an Indian family caught stealing a plethora of accessories from a hotel in Bali has gone viral on social media. The video, which is 2:20 minutes long, shows one of the hotel staff scanning the family's luggage as they were on their way out from the hotel.
In the video, a woman can be seen arguing with the officials from the hotel who seem to be vigorously going through the suitcases. Apparently, the family had "stolen" whatever they could get their hands on - which included decorative items, toiletries, electronics, towels and so on. The security officials can be seen telling the family that they'd managed to steal 'everything' from the hotel room, including hangars.
She repeatedly asks the officials to let them go since they had a flight to catch. She even offers to pay for the stuff they'd stolen. A man also can be heard saying, "I will pay." However, the hotel officials refuse to accept payment.
The video was originally posted on Twitter by a user named Hemanth, who wrote "this family was caught stealing hotel accessories. Such an embarrassment for India. Each of us carrying an #IndianPassport must remember that we are ambassadors of the nation and behave accordingly. India must start cancelling passports of people who erode our credibility."
This family was caught stealing hotel accessories. Such an embarrassment for India. Each of us carrying an #IndianPassport must remember that we are ambassadors of the nation and behave accordingly.India must start cancelling passports of people who erode our credibility. pic.twitter.com/unY7DqWoSr— Hemanth (@hemanthpmc) July 27, 2019
He also wrote about Indonesians being one of the most genteel people and also how they hold Indians in high regard. But this incident may very well be a game changer.
I understand this happened in #Bali. Having lived in Indonesia & visited Bali, I can personally vouch for Indonesians being the gentlest, most respectful people I have met. They hold India & Indians in very high esteem & its gut-wrenching to see us in such a compromised position.— Hemanth (@hemanthpmc) July 27, 2019
The video had Twitterati fuming who called the whole incident disgraceful:
You can’t steal and say “I will pay” on being caught. Doesn’t make sense at all.— Sarah Hayat Shah (@SaraHayatShah) July 27, 2019
@hvgoenka Tourists like this family spoils the name of our nation and because of them every Indian suffers in the foreign land and faces racism.— Indian Tax Paying Citizen 🇮🇳 (@TrendanOr) July 27, 2019
I would not be surprised if soon AirBnB landlords start refusing Indian guests. Our reputation is taking a severe beating.— Hemanth (@hemanthpmc) July 27, 2019
This is exactly the reason why Indian railways had the foresight to attach a toilet mug to a chain.But there is still theft of blankets and pillows taking place.@acjoshi knows best.— Halwa-e-Hind (@e_halwa) July 27, 2019
#Bali these kind of family tarnish #india image, shocking is that entire family indulged in this theft n what they stolen?Indian embassy should help them.These scoundrel must b punished in India also for defaming India pic.twitter.com/W21T5bmXeK— Sujeet Swami️ (@shibbu87) July 28, 2019
It's so embarrassing to watch this video from BaliWhat sort of image of Indians are such people portraying to the world?Culture is habits and values that are shared by members of a society.Our culture doesn't become great by self-proclaimation. We must better ourselves! pic.twitter.com/7lRIQUnO3z— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) July 27, 2019
Here's the thing, simply offering to pay for goods that have been taken without the permission of the hotel IS NOT OKAY. A lot of Twitter users have been demanding that the family be banned from travelling; while that's taking it too far, some concerns are valid - that this incident does portray Indian tourists in a bad light.