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Last Week In Reality

The week in weird.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 August, 2015, 11:25am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:47pm

Sat 1
Decent Proposal A 37-year-old Hongkonger proposes to his girlfriend in an elaborate stunt, which includes a helicopter flying over Victoria Harbour with a banner saying, "I love you! Stephanie BB, will you marry me?” The entire proposal, including engagement ring and suite at the Ritz-Carlton, costs almost $400,000. His girlfriend says yes. Netizens question if the expensive proposal is quite as out of the blue as it seems, as pre-wedding photos seemingly taken over two months ago are found online.

Sun 2
Routine Check Police arrest a 49-year-old man who has been wanted by the police since 2009, for his suspected part in the murder of triad boss Lee Tai-lung outside the Kowloon Shangri-La. The man is stopped by traffic police after he is seen driving past the Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai while talking on his mobile phone. The police are surprised to discover his identity and hand him over to the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau.

Mon 3 
Forced Slapping A group of mainland tourists visits a jewelry shop on Tai Nan West Street in Lai Chi Kok. Their tour itinerary says they will spend two hours shopping in the location. Six female tourists from Hunan are dissatisfied with being detained by the forced shopping, and they argue with the tour guide. One of the tourists slaps him on the neck, injuring him. The tour guide is sent to the hospital, and the tour continues.

Tue 4
Hammer Time After the sudden closure of furniture store DSC, a 65-year-old man goes to the branch in Metro City, Tseung Kwan O, to try to claim the goods he has paid for. He knocks on the door but when no one answers, he becomes emotional, takes a hammer that he had with him and tries to batter down the door. Shopping mall security stops him and he is arrested.

Wed 5 
Moooving Time After 37 years, the iconic giant neon cow outside Sammy's Kitchen steakhouse in Sai Ying Pun is taken down. The Buildings Department had ordered its removal two years ago, on the grounds of being an illegal structure. The sign will be taken to the M+ visual arts museum for display.

Thu 6 
#Injured A mainland tourist is run over by a van outside her hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, and her leg is pinned to the tarmac. She does not appear seriously injured and lies on the floor checking her phone until the ambulance arrives. Hotel staff fetch an umbrella to hold over her in the meantime.

Fri 7 
Water Arson A 28-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of burning down a historic 200-year-old water mill in Yuen Long, because he found it an obstacle in the Grade I historic building he was squattingin. The man, who is a torture refugee claimant, was previously living in Lo Uk Tsuen but was ejected from that property when he was suspected of growing marijuana on the grounds.