Paper talk, June 1, 2013
Sunday, Apple Daily
Teashop customer charged HK$30 extra for reserving seat
A woman eating with her six-year-old son at a cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) in Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, during the busy lunchtime period last Saturday was charged HK$30 extra for saving a seat for her husband who was delayed. She called police for help. The restaurant boss said too many people had done the same thing, and he emphasised the surcharge would be cancelled upon the arrival of the extra customer. A lawyer said such a charge without prior notice was unenforceable.
Monday, The Sun
Aircraft forced to land after damage by flock of birds
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 flying from Hong Kong and carrying 400 passengers was hit by a large flock of birds while preparing to land at a Malaysian airport on the morning of March 28. The impact left a huge hole, where the radome (which houses radar equipment) was located. The plane landed safely, with no one injured.
Tuesday, Ming Pao Daily
HKU Students' Union might need cash from university
The Hong Kong University Students' Union, which manages HK$30 million worth of assets, might need to borrow HK$1 million from the university's management to finance the organisation of the coming orientation camp for freshmen in August. New president Laurence Tang Yat-long said the union had a dispute with the former student union early this year and this had led to the union's bank account being frozen.
Wednesday, Apple Daily
Starbucks found using water from tap near toilet
Apple Daily reporters found the Starbucks on the ground floor of the Bank of China Tower in Central had been using water from a tap near a urinal in a toilet block to prepare beverages since the shop opened two years ago. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department issued a warning to the coffee shop, which insisted the water was clean and had been filtered. But the shop said it had switched to using distilled water to allay public worries.
Thursday, Oriental Daily
Mark Six payouts cause HK Jockey Club to lose money
The Hong Kong Jockey Club which organises the Mark Six lottery, lost money on Tuesday's draw combination, which produced five single digits, namely 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, combined with 25 and the special number of 27. Surprisingly, 7.5 bets won the first prize. Each of the winners scooped more than HK$1 million.
Friday, Oriental Daily
Shenzhen authorities to arrest Shopping Street litterers
Shenzhen authorities will arrest people, including Hong Kong residents, who are caught littering in the Dongmen Shopping Street area from tomorrow.
Compiled by Nelson Cheng and Wayne Chung