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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 : Thursday, 18 February, 2016, 10:52am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:57pm

Feb 6, Sat: At 9am, a 62-year-old man tries to rob a jewelry shop in Tsim Sha Tsui. The man approaches a shopkeeper standing outside the shop cleaning the window. He points a fake-looking gun at her and repeatedly shouts “it’s a real gun!” as he pushes her into the store. He tries to snatch some jewelry from a showcase, but is stopped by another shopkeeper, who chases the thief away. He eventually catches the thief, pushing him to the ground and sitting on his back until the police arrive.

Feb 7, Sun: A man asks his domestic helper to buy him a freshly slaughtered chicken from a market in Tai Kok Tsui. Returning home, the two open up the bag to discover that the chicken has no wings. He describes it as “terrifying,” saying he has lost all appetite. A chicken farmer says that it is a rare occurrence, but the chicken was almost certainly born wingless.

Feb 8, Mon: At around midnight in the New Territories, police are carrying out spot-checks on drunk-drivers. They flag down a car in Sheung Shui which skips a red light, but the driver speeds off. Police officers chase him for 2km, at which point the driver gets out and flees, leaving the car and a female passenger behind. The police take her back to the station to assist with their investigation. They are still searching for the driver.

Feb 9, Tue: A couple takes their son to see the Chinese New Year fireworks show in Tsim Sha Tsui. After the show, they bump into a family of tourists from the mainland. They all start quarrelling and soon the argument turns into a fistfight. The wife is knocked to the ground, while the husband is struck on the forehead with a high heel, drawing blood. Both families are sent to the hospital. 

Feb 10, Wed: At around 4am, a 26-year-old Korean tourist is arguing with her friend in the lobby of The Peninsula Hotel. A 24-year-old security guard approaches and tries to settle the dispute, but the tourist throws a tantrum and flings her phone, which strikes and wounds the security guard. Police arrive and send the guard to the hospital. They conclude that it was an accidental injury and no one is arrested. 

Feb 11, Thu: Around 11pm, a man hails a taxi in Tai Wai, telling the driver to go to Yuen Long. The driver immediately recognizes the man as the thief who got into his taxi a year and a half ago and stole $780 from him. He stealthily drives towards a nearby police station, but the passenger realizes that he has been identified and jumps out of the vehicle. The driver chases after him and calls the police, who arrive and arrest the man for theft. 

Feb 12, Fri:  At 10am, a retired teacher in his 50s is reading a book in the Central Library when he is attacked by a blond man, who knocks off his glasses and injures his right eye. The attacker flees the scene with a Filipino domestic helper. The day before in the library, the helper was looking after a child and allowed him to climb on the stairs. The teacher tried to stop him for fear that the child would hurt himself, upsetting the helper and causing a dispute. After the attack the teacher says that he likes standing up for people, and will continue to speak out despite the incident.