3 beauty workers walk free in aggressive sales tactics case

Customer accused them of saying her warts could turn cancerous; judge says she did not mention cancer until matter became a criminal one

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 10:48pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 11:12pm

Three beauty service workers ­accused of pestering a customer with aggressive sales tactics over a HK$90,000 treatment walked free from court yesterday.

Perfect Medical cosmetic director Peony Lam Shuk-lai, district manager Lau Wing-yin, and “wart expert” Fung Wing-yan had been accused of telling Hsu Lai-kwan last November the warts on her neck could deteriorate and turn “cancerous”. Hsu later testified that she bought the treatment because of the word “cancer”.

But yesterday, Kwun Tong Magistrate Don So Man-lung said she had failed to mention cancer until the matter became a criminal case a month later . “Why did she not bring it up?” he asked, as Hsu had not mentioned cancer even during a visit to a dermatologist after the beauty treatment.

So said he did not accept the evidence brought by Hsu and freed the trio. Lam, Lau and Fung had pleaded not guilty to one joint count of engaging in aggressive commercial practice, contrary to the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. Lau and Fung denied a further count of the same charge.

Hsu claimed the trio pressured her into buying a HK$60,000 treatment at the store’s Langham Place branch on November 20. Lau and Fung later lured her into getting a HK$30,000 follow-up, she said.