A domestic worker was taken to a police station for further investigation on Sunday after being suspected of theft from her employer at a home in Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island.

At 12:12pm, police received a report that the resident of an apartment in Fontana Garden on Ka Ling Path had discovered that a batch of red envelopes known as lai sees had gone missing, Oriental Daily reported.

The employer suspected that the maid had taken the red packets, and called the police.

The report did not disclose how many red packets were missing.

Police classified the case as theft and detained the maid for further investigation.

Lai sees are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or on holidays such as the Lunar New Year, which was this past weekend. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is a symbol to ward off evil spirits.

Red envelopes are usually given out by married couples to single people, regardless of age, or by older to younger ones during holidays and festivals.

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