Worm turns in conspiracy theory on lifeguards

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 12:00am

Officials shut all seven swimming pools at Kowloon Park this week because they couldn't find any bloodworms there. 'The department has carried out inspections but cannot find the source of the worms,' a Leisure and Cultural Services Department spokesman said.

What next? Will they reopen them as soon as they find a few worms in the pools? Ever conspiracy-minded, LoDown believes the closure has nothing to do with worms.

The park's pools are among the largest in the city and they take 25 lifeguards to man for every shift. With public lifeguards in short supply because of a continuing row over pay and manpower cuts, even firemen have been offered extra pay to moonlight as substitute guards. No wonder they are shutting the pools when they can. 'You have seen too many conspiracy movies,' a department official said. 'I am not the one who has been hinting to the police and the media that some run-amok lifeguard has turned bio-terrorist and been releasing worms into the pools,' LoDown replied.

'Lai che sin ka! [you're crazy!] You are not putting that in the paper,' the official, now irate, said, slamming down the phone.