A disgruntled guest rammed his sports car through a Chinese hotel’s doors and drove wildly around its lobby, leaving a trail of destruction after arguing with staff about his missing laptop.
Video now viral
Several videos published on social media showed the white car smashing the glass doors of the central Shanghai hotel from their hinges, reversing and then bursting through into the lobby, knocking over anything in its path.
The open-top convertible car then sped randomly through the entrance hall while confused onlookers questioned each other about what was going on, with one exclaiming, “He’s freaking out!”
On Jan 10 a car crashed into the lobby of Jinling Purple Mountain Hotel Shanghai (上海金陵紫金山大酒店) in Lujiazui, Pudong after the driver, a guest at the hotel, had a spat with hotel staff over his notebook computer which purportedly went missing in his room. pic.twitter.com/ExOaAPTtJK
— Byron Wan (@Byron_Wan) January 11, 2023
“On Jan 10 a car crashed into the lobby of Jinling Purple Mountain Hotel Shanghai in Lujiazui, Pudong after the driver, a guest at the hotel, had a spat with hotel staff over his notebook computer which purportedly went missing in his room,” a social media user wrote.
Local police said the incident occurred late Tuesday morning and the driver was a 28-year-old man named Chen, who got into an argument with hotel staff over losing his laptop while he was there.
Man was detained
No one was injured in the incident, they said in the statement posted to their Weibo social media account, adding Chen was detained pending further investigation.
Hotel staff told AFP the laptop was stolen and found outside the hotel.
The car crashed into another set of doors before apparently heading for the exit, only to slam into a door frame and come to a stop, its hazard lights flashing.
Onlookers and hotel staff screamed at the driver to get out of the car, banging on it and trying to smash through a window to get the keys.
“Do you have any idea what you’ve done?” they can be heard shouting. “Are you crazy? Are you?”
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