Hotel guest who boiled crabs in his room’s kettle angry at having to pay for damages
The legal dispute makes everyone feel grumpy.
Every once in a while we come across warning labels that seem like common sense like “do not put your PlayStation in the microwave” or “do not engage in sexual activity with your robot Pepper”. But it’s rare to see one being made, so the next time you’re in a hotel room and a sign tells you not to boil crabs in your room’s electric kettle, you will know exactly why.
As reported by legal news site Bengoshi Dot Com, an unidentified hotel was seeking damages of 40,000 yen ($308) from a guest who, during a stay of several days, used the electric kettle in his room to boil crabs twice.
The hotel said that the makeshift kitchen caused a smell that was hard to get rid of and kept them from renting a room for days while it was removed. The guest disputed this, saying it was unlikely the room would have been booked every day thereafter anyway.
The hotel conceded this point and reduced its demands to 17,000 yen ($130) for room deodorization and 5,000 yen ($38) for a new kettle. The guest, however, was still unhappy with paying any form of compensation, saying the air purifier was on while cooking and there were no written rules against boiling crabs in them. the kettle.
The court of public opinion, meanwhile, unanimously sided with the hotel in this case and felt that the guest simply had no crab leg to stand on.
“I’m glad I’m not running a hotel.”
“It scares me to know that there are people who do stuff like that.”
“It’s OK because no one said not to. This is typical idiot logic.
“It never even occurred to me to put anything other than water in a kettle.”
“There was nothing written against the drawing on the walls either, but you still shouldn’t.”
“Isn’t going on vacation and staying in a hotel part of letting someone else cook your meals?”
“I’ve heard some people use these kettles to clean their underwear, so I wouldn’t use them anyway.”
“Can you even boil crabs in electric kettles?”
It’s a bit of a surprise that a hotel’s electric kettle has the size and heat retention to boil crabs well, but since the guest doesn’t seem to be riddled with tapeworms, it apparently works.
As for the legal liability in such a matter, Bengoshi Dot Com spoke with a lawyer who explained that the guest is absolutely responsible for all damage caused by boiling the crabs. First, when renting the room, the hotel and the guest enter into a contract that obliges the guest not to engage in behavior that would damage the room.
Also, boiling water for tea or coffee would be the normal use of an electric kettle by anyone with good judgment. Thus, anyone using the kettle for an abnormal purpose, such as washing underwear, playing baseball, or boiling animals alive, is liable for damage caused to hotel property in said act.
▼ Kettles as they were meant to be used.
So the next time a crustacean is spotted scurrying down the street while on vacation, let’s resist the urge to scoop it up and cook it in our bedrooms, and instead leave meal prep to the trained professionals. .
And for those who prefer to dine in the bedroom, there’s always Cani-Cola whose firm-yet-sweet crab aroma won’t seep through the wallpaper. Your hotel will thank you.