An Indonesian woman and her friends celebrated her birthday behind bars after a hotel told police her armpit powder was drugs.
Sharonia Paruntu and her friends were staying at the W Hotel in Singapore earlier this month when police barged into their room and arrested them.
This came after hotel staff noticed white powder in a small clear bag while fixing a cracked glass door in the room.
“At around 10am, someone knocked my room.
"I haven’t open [sic] the door yet someone just barged into my room.
"There were seven to nine police officers and two guys from the hotel,” she posted on her now private Instagram account.
The police told Sharonia the hotel had called them about a “white substance in plastic” and it was then she realised that it was her armpit powder.
She told the police that the powder was in fact deodorant powder, also known as Tawas in Indonesia.
Unconvinced by her story, the police arrested her along with her group of friends.
The Indonesian native was locked up for 14 hours while police tested the white powder.
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Police told news website, Coconuts Singapore, they were alerted to the substance in their hotel room at around 9:30 that morning and subsequently arrested a male and three female suspects, all 18 or 19 years-old.
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“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 in a statement to Coconuts Singapore.
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Sharonia also described in her Instagram post to have been treated like a “criminal” that day.
She posted: “The police escort us out of the hotel with handcuffs, it was humiliating cuz (sic) some of the hotel guests saw us and assumed that we’re criminals.
“They treated us like a criminal and really rough for 14 hours.
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They locked us up inside the cell and we slept on the floor like an animal, even my dog has a proper bed and food three times a day.”
Worried about her daughter's lack of contact, Sharonia’s mother contacted the hotel about if her whereabouts and was told she had “checked out.”
After Sharonia’s release, her mother followed her back to the hotel to claim the items Sharonia had left at the hotel and to complain about the incident.
But the hotel had demanded the family pay for the damaged glass door, the repairs of which instigated the arrest.
Sharonia and her family then paid the $1,700 for the glass door repairs.
The amount was later returned, days after her mother complained to W-owner Marriott International’s customer service and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Sharonia and the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove hotel have been contacted for comment.
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