A 24-year-old Indonesian house maid was charged with mischief in a Singapore court on Tuesday for adding the blood of her menstrual flow to her employer's early morning hot cup of coffee.
According to The Jakarta Globe, the woman, Jumaid, who pleaded guilty through an interpreter, served her employer Phang Nyit Sin, 38, the coffee with menstrual blood in his home in Choa Chu Kang, on August 31, last year.
It is unclear why the maid added her menstrual blood to her boss's coffee, but household servants have been known to add foreign materials to their boss's drinks and food as revenge for treatment perceived as unfair.
According to The Strait Times, at the time she committed the offense, she had worked for the man for about a year.
The Jakarta Post reports the woman was granted bail of $5,000 but because she could not find a bailor she was remanded in prison.
According to The Jakarta Globe, this is not the first time an Indonesian woman has been accused of such offense. In July 2009, a 26-year-old Indonesian housemaid was cleared of a similar offense. She mixed her menstrual discharge with vegetables but prosecutors dropped the case against her because the charge could not be sustained after government laboratory and doctors said menstrual blood is not toxic, although it may carry viruses.
MSN comments the employer is unlikely to every leave "a drink unattended again."
According to MSN, a commenter on Twitter called it "natural iron supplement." Another Twitter comment described the incident as "so so so disgusting."
The Jakarta Post reports the maximum penalty for mischief is one year jail sentence.