A Chinese tourist couple apologised for taking a toilet seat from a hotel in Japan, Chinese news website Yong Pai reported.
The couple, who went along with a tour group, took the toilet seat from underneath their hotel bed in Nagoya on Monday.
The hotel said they found out about the missing seat after the tour group checked out. The hotel authorities contacted the travel agency and asked them to return it.
The group's tour guide said the toilet seat was sent back to the hotel after the group arrived at Mount Fuji.
The Straits Times reported that the couple apologised through an online statement. They said that they thought the seat was left behind by any of the other hotel guests, who stayed in the same room. Hence, they took it along with them.
"I offer my sincere apology and regrets," the statement said. "I hope the hotel and the local travel agency can treat this with leniency. I promise this improper behaviour won't happen again," the statement added.
The South China Morning Post reported that Ningbo Tourism Bureau confirmed the couple had travelled to Japan from the city in Zhejiang province this week.