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HK Magazine Archive

Last Week in Viral News

We take a look back at the local news that spread like wildfire.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 December, 2015, 11:40am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:54pm

Nov 28, Sat: A group of 10 Hokkien men are drinking in front of a grocery store in Tsuen Wan. A 20-year-old member of the group starts yelling and swearing, arguing with the others. As the argument turns into a fight, one of the men rushes into the grocery store, grabs a bottle of soy sauce and throws it at the arguer. Another picks up a chair and chases him, hitting him with it until it breaks. The shopkeeper hides in the corner and calls the police, who arrive to find the other nine men have fled, leaving behind a splatter of soy sauce and the 20-year-old lying injured on the ground. He is sent to the hospital.

Nov 29, Sun: A 48-year-old man, whose hobby is searching for unexploded World War II bombs while hiking, takes his metal detector on a trek along the Wilson Trail in Tai Tam. The metal detector comes across four wartime-era Japanese-made grenades. He calls the police, who discover that the grenades are still armed. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau arrives and detonates them at the scene.

Nov 30, Mon: A nanny supervising primary school students on cross-boundary school coaches accidentally leaves a sleeping boy on the coach while taking the others through immigration. An officer with the Hong Kong Immigration Department goes to inspect the coaches and finds the young boy still asleep in his seat. The officer wakes the boy and takes him back to the nanny, who is assisting a group of children who are queuing up to go through immigration. The incident causes a brief traffic jam at the Shenzhen Bay Port outbound vehicle area.

Dec 1, Tue: A man and two women suffer from food poisoning after eating wild fruits they pick in Kowloon Bay. The fruits are green and around 6cm in diameter, and were found beside a tree inside a housing estate. An hour after eating the fruit the group experiences abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and a burning sensation in the throat. They seek medical assistance at the emergency department of United Christian Hospital, but do not have to be hospitalized.

Dec 2, Wed: A 65-year-old man appears in court charged with knowingly misleading a police officer. In October, the man called for a prostitute to come to his house, but discovered after she left that his Rolex watch, worth $30,000, had been stolen during the process. Not wanting his wife to discover the reason, he instead told police officers that he had been robbed by two teenagers in the hallway of his building. The judge at his trial tells him off for his dishonesty and asks him to apologize to his wife at the trial, who accepts the apology in tears. The man is fined $2,000.

Dec 3, Thu: At around noon, a middle-aged man is seen running completely naked around the streets of Happy Valley near Hong Kong Stadium. Pedestrians are startled by the scene and call the police, who arrive with ambulances on standby. A photo of the scene circulates the internet, and gains more than 300 “likes” and “shares” in less than an hour. The man is suspected of being mentally unwell.

Dec 4, Fri: In the evening, a 39-year-old Vietnamese woman is found stealing clothes from a mall in Tseung Kwan O. Two staff members rush forward to stop her from leaving and the woman throws a tantrum. She bites the staff, tears off her shirt, throws it on the ground and starts screaming that she has been raped. Twenty minutes later, she puts her clothes back on and repeats her claim to the police. She is arrested and the injured staff sent to the hospital for a check-up.