An Irish tourist has been arrested in Bucharest for allegedly breaking into the Palace of Parliament – after he thought he was drunk in the building and hotel he was staying in.
The Omani Parliament Palace is the third largest government building in the world, after the Pentagon and the seat of government in Thailand.
This gigantic communist building, also called the People’s House, has more than 1,000 rooms and took 700 architects over 13 years to build.
But to an unnamed Irish tourist, searching for his bed after a lot of drinks, the landmark looked a lot like the hotel he was staying at.
So much so that he actually made his way, determined to go back to his room and sleep on the mother of all the workers.
According to Romanian network Digi24, the man climbed the walls of Parliament, broke a window, and climbed inside on Monday morning, around 4 a.m. local time.
He then staggered around the building, trying different office doors, until his luck finally ran out when bewildered police officers discovered him.
The drunk intruder was arrested and charged with damaging a public building, as well as with trespassing – both felonies.
Digi24 reported that those responsible for security at the People’s House are going through a particularly difficult period.
Just six days before the Irishman’s incident, Romania witnessed its miniature storming of the Capitol, as protesters marching against Covid restrictions stormed their way into the building.
The Irish tourist’s adventure will now be included in the investigations into the security failures that were already underway.
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