A video depicting a “free trip to Japan” that Panajotu and three of his friends undertook as a challenge with a prize of 10,000 dollars (about 233,400 crowns) for the winner has reached almost half a million views, wrote the news server BBC News. The author deleted the original recording and apologized, but the recording has since been republished by other users on the YouTube platform.
“Hello beautiful people, I apologize to the Japanese for making us feel bad. That was not our goal!” Panajotu said on his YouTube channel, where he has 2.4 million subscribers. He describes himself as a “professional bugger”.
In one part of the recording, the YouTuber hid in the toilets of a Japanese high-speed Shinkansen train and feigned nausea when the conductor asked him for a ticket. He then ran away and boarded another train, where he repeated the same trick.
He begged money from a stranger at the bus stop, but he still lacked 80 yen (less than 13 crowns) for the fare. The driver therefore locked him in the car and took him to the police station, where he spent five hours in custody before being released.
He later pretended to be a hotel guest to get a free breakfast. “And we leave the hotel without getting caught and without any problem,” he said to the camera. It is not clear when the video was taken or if Panajotu and his companions are still in Japan.
“Another weird, annoying YouTuber from abroad. The others should be arrested just like him,” said one user of the social network. “I am seriously disgusted by people like you who take advantage of the kindness and courtesy of the people of Japan,” added another.