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Tourist disturbed by hotel staff's 'alarming' behaviour after setting up hidden camera in room

Ali Condon

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Tourist disturbed by hotel staff's 'alarming' behaviour after setting up hidden camera in room

A tourist is urging people to download one essential app after catching hotel staff snooping through his belongings while he was away.

Arturo Brunello was on holiday in Cancun, Mexico, likely out exploring the beaches and ancient ruins, maybe even enjoying a cocktail, when he was alerted that there was someone in his hotel room.

You see, Arturo had set up a hidden motion-detector camera on his laptop back at the hotel, and was able to get eyes on anyone who entered his room while he was away – but he wasn't exactly thrilled with what he saw.

If you're someone who gets paranoid about people going through your things, then prepare to feel validated:



It turns out that, while he was out and about in Cancun, a hotel staff member came into Arturo's room, presumably for a standard turn-down service.

But instead, the hotel worker had a thorough look through all of Arturo's belongings.

The tourist was obviously horrified when he saw video evidence of the staff member poking around his clothes, rooting through his suitcases, and even investigating the bedroom safe.


He also steals a beer from the hotel mini fridge, but good guy Arturo said that didn't bother him too much.

After catching the whole thing on camera, and reporting the incident to the hotel manager, Arturo shared the hidden camera footage on TikTok, where it's been viewed more than 3.2 million times.

He captioned the video: "Our vacation got weird. I won't be naming the hotel because they handled this situation very well.

"Just be careful out there and use technology to your advantage. I'm honestly surprised he didn't see the green light on my webcam. Next time, I will be blacking it out."


It's safe to say that TikTokers were freaked when they saw the footage.

One viewer commented: "The exact reason I don’t allow cleaners in the room while I stay."

Credit: TikTok/@arturbo86
Credit: TikTok/@arturbo86

Another admitted: "This is why I barely take anything out of my case and I always keep my lock on it and travel with the keys always."


But some did have a sense of humour about it – one follower even joked: "What a nice guy. He comes to check everything is there on the daily to make sure it’s in the right spot."

The app that Arturo used on his laptop was called iSentry, which he says 'was able to send me email notifications when it detected motion.'

He explained that all he had to do was leave his laptop open, minimise the window running iSentry, and turn down his screen brightness – the rest took care of itself.

It does sound like a pretty foolproof plan – that is, as long as whatever thief that might walk in to your hotel room doesn't think about stealing your very visible, open laptop.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@Aturbo86

Topics: Technology, Travel

Ali Condon
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