YouTuber Fidias Panayiotou, who describes himself as “professional mistake maker” and has more than 2.39 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform, has sparked outrage in Japan for filming himself breaking laws and evading paying fares while travelling.
The Cypriot YouTuber was participating in a challenge with other YouTubers to see who could travel across Japan the fastest without using their own money. The now-deleted video that was titled “I Travelled Across Japan For Free” showed him dodging bus and train fares, sneaking into a hotel to eat from their buffet and running from the police.
At one point, he hid in a bullet train toilet and feigned illness when confronted by a conductor. He then ran off to board another train where he repeated the stunt. He was even detained at a station for shorting a bus fare. He begged for the bus fare from a stranger but was still 80 yen short. He was then locked in the bus by the driver and taken to a police station, where he was detained for five hours before being released.
He also pretended to be a guest at a hotel in order to get a free breakfast. “And we’re leaving the hotel without getting caught and without any problem,” he says to the camera.
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Panayiotou apologised in the comments of the original video. “Hello beautiful people, I apologize to the Japanese people if we made them feel bad that was not our goal!” said the Cypriot YouTuber. Vice News posted the video on Instagram.
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“They should ban him from their country.. And other countries too,” a user commented. “YouTube need to ban the clown. This is stupid,” said another. “People need to stop putting all these Youtubers and social media people on a pedestal. Just because they have millions of views doesn’t mean anything about their character. Start reading books and studying history,” another person wrote.
In September, Panayiotou had posted a video of sneaking a free ride on the Bengaluru Metro and it didn’t go down well with netizens.
On his YouTube channel, there are many videos in which he shows how he lives for free at various places. One of the videos titled “I Spend 10 Days In The Airport For Free” shows him living in the airport for free. He even borrowed clothes from strangers and spent the nights sleeping on the chairs.