Key kerfuffle sheer poetry

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 12:00am

It's not every day we run a story that inspires a reader to write a poem.

This is why your humble reporter was rather proud when Julia Wen sent us her response in verse after reading my report about Lau Shiu-fun, a housewife who was cornered by eight hygiene officers and fined $1,500 for littering after dropping what she says was her house key near her home.

Here is an excerpt:

She pulled out her coin purse,

Something slipped, a metallic curse,

Her fate was sealed, there's no reverse,

No felony, no crime was more perverse!

It's her key, she dropped it near her flat,

Unforgivable this scandalous litter rat,

Four male hygiene inspectors appeared thereat,

A man-wall they formed, ready for the combat.

'Don't you dare remove the piece of evidence!'

She's warned when trying to pick it up in their presence,

'Take the penalty notice, you're trying our patience,

To prosecute offenders like you we have full licence!'