Planet China

Housekeeping hell

China has a new candidate for the world’s messiest woman. According to Sohu she hails from Hunan province but her claim to the title is based on her residency in a long-stay hotel in the coastal city of Hangzhou.

Hotel staff were forced to call the police after the woman prevented housekeeping from cleaning her room for two months. When police officer Zhou Xu knocked on her door “a sweet looking girl” answered, but she couldn’t disguise the foul stench emanating from her room. Through the gap in the door the officer could see a mountain of garbage and he told the media that he felt like throwing up when he realised the room was filled with rubbish.

The bed was covered with instant noodle pots and other food take-out; empty drinks cans were stacked up on the bedside table and an open milk carton had even turned black.

The girl – whose name has not been released – was taken to the police station where it emerged she worked in a nearby bar and was renting the room for Rmb160 ($23.86) a night. However, Zhou and his colleagues decided that she wasn’t breaking any laws – messiness isn’t a crime – so she was soon returned to her filthy living conditions.

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