A 22 year old maid in Metro Town, Hong Kong was arrested after it was discovered that she had been secretly adding urine and dirty laundry water to her employer’s tea. Before consuming the beverage, the employer noticed the tea had strange odor. She confronted the maid, who admitted to adding the wonderful extras.
It is unclear if this was the maid’s first attempt to spike her employer’s tea, or what—if any—justification she believed she had. Whether motivated by a lack of bathroom breaks, a salary disagreement, or bizarre sense of humor, the maid’s actions didn’t go unnoticed. Urine and dirty laundry water are potentially hazardous to human health, and the (now-former) maid faces up to three years in prison for “administering noxious substances”.
Petty (and sometimes unnecessarily cruel) revenge by maids against their employers is not uncommon. SCMP shares a few cringe inducing stories:
In September 2010, a helper who gave her own urine to a nine-month-old baby girl to drink was jailed for a month. She claimed she thought it would make the child more obedient.
In September 2009, another maid was jailed for eight months for spiking a nine-month-old girl’s bottle of milk with bleach after being told her contract was being terminated.
In July 2009, a helper who was accused of putting her menstrual blood in her employer’s food had charges against her dropped because the blood was deemed not noxious or poisonous.