Last Week in Reality
Last week's news in bite-sized chunks. Illustrations by Ryan Chan
What a Phoney A man is caught smuggling 18 iPhone 6 Plus mobiles across the Shenzhen border, worth a total of $160,000. China’s customs officers say the man, who had a bicycle, looked suspicious with a nervous demeanor. While checking his bike, the officers find it has been modified to accommodate the mobiles. The man admits his guilt and the case is to be further investigated.
Tow of Terror A 59-year-old tow truck driver forgets to set up parking blocks before attaching a taxi cab in Ho Man Tin. She is standing next to the truck when it starts to slide forward. She chases the truck as it is rolling but trips and falls under the vehicle, which drags her along. She dies from her injuries.
Shop Hop A bag of 40 edible Chinese frogs is dropped onto the second-floor waiting area of Harbour City Ocean Terminal, frightening passersby. The bag is suspected to have been thrown from the third floor. Some of the frogs die on impact, some sit motionless in the bag, and some hop out. Guards are notified and the frogs are cleaned up. The incident is being investigated by the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau.
Crumby Luck In the early hours, three students aged 17 and 18 steal potato chips, bread and strawberries from an open-air Cyberport café. Security notices the café cabinet has been tampered with and call the police. The police spot the three eating and drinking at an al fresco dining area minutes away from the café. The owner of the café tells reporters he suspects the three to be intoxicated as there is an open bottle of whisky in the dining area. The three are arrested.
Acid Trip At 5am, a 25-year-old man is splashed with acid in Kennedy Town by his 48-year-old former lover. He is walking down the street when the woman throws acid at him. He runs into a convenience store to wash it off with water before being rushed to hospital. The victim’s face and neck sustain serious injuries. The perpetrator is arrested.
Snake Your Claim A 3-meter-long Burmese python is spotted climbing up a 10-meter-long tree at an Ap Lei Chau residential estate. Residents call the police. A snake expert also arrives. Unable to reach the snake, the expert calls for firefighters to help. They shoot the snake out of the tree with a water cannon and the snake expert captures it. The expert believes the snake had just enjoyed a meal.
A Shoe-In While returning home to Wah Fu Estate after work at 4am, a 34-year-old man notices a boy, 15, hovering in a stairwell. As is his habit, the man takes off his shoes at the door. Later on, he notices the shoes are missing. He sees the boy holding them while walking around the complex two floors down, and confronts the boy. The boy claims he found the shoes in the trash. The man calls the police. The boy is still in the complex when the police arrive, and is arrested.