Last Week in Reality
Last week's news in bite-sized chunks. Illustrations by Ryan Chan
Voyeur Inspection A video goes viral of a group of Housing Authority inspectors who visit a public housing unit to ensure that there are no pets in the flat. One inspector opens the door to the washroom, where a tenant is showering. The inspectors apologize, but the tenants do not accept the apology and berate them, saying that they are constantly harassed by the Housing Authority. They partly name two of the inspectors online.
Old Dogs At around 1am, three men aged 44, 54 and 63 get into a fight in a Yau Ma Tei dance bar, breaking a glass. A shard hits a 60-year-old man at a neighboring table, prompting him to join the fight. All four are arrested for fighting, and the 60-year-old is taken to hospital for head and eye injuries. One of the arrested men strikes a pose for an Apple Daily photographer from the inside of the police van.
Burn Baby Burn A newspaper delivery man spots a boy, aged around 12 or 13, setting fire to a capsule machine with an improvised flamethrower in front of a bookstore in a Tseung Kwan O mall. The boy flees when confronted. The owner of the bookstore says that in 20 years he has never had a grudge or quarrel with people, and does not know why anyone would commit arson outside his shop. As of press time, police are still searching for the boy.
Pans Labyrinth A man goes to Tsz Wan Shan to see his ex-wife and they have an argument. As the quarrel heats up, the man picks up a 12-inch knife, and his ex-wife backs away. The man goes to the kitchen and throws an iron pan, a broom, and some utensils out the window, causing residents to flee. The man locks himself in the flat and police break in an hour later to remove him.
Snap Chats A 31-year-old Fujian man appears in court for an incident last month where he secretly snapped two photos of a prostitute after she showered. She caught him in the act, took his phone and found the photos. She then called the police. In court, the man’s lawyer says that the man was not familiar with Hong Kong law and did not know that taking photos of someone without their consent was against the law. He is fined $6,000.
Robofail An engineering team from Hong Kong University enters its bipedal robot, Atlas, into a competition in California. It falls onto its face two seconds into the competition. Atlas has had issues with walking before: The $15 million model broke its right leg two years ago while trying to walk during a demonstration, requiring it to be sent to the US for repairs. Atlas places 25th out of 25 robot competitors.
Do As I Say An Oriental Daily reader submits a photograph of a maintenance worker at the entrance to the Labour Department offices. He is standing on the top step of a ladder without safety harnesses, a spotter, or any other safety measures. The Labour Department is responsible for the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance. The department has launched an investigation into the incident.