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Passenger slings hammock on MTR to make his very own 'sleeper carriage'

MTR staff called in when man sets up hammock in train compartment

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 4:50am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 8:45am

A late-night trip on the MTR can be tiring, and one man found what looked like the ideal solution - he strung a hammock across the compartment.

But other passengers didn't find it so relaxing and called MTR staff to intervene.

The episode has become the latest in a string of much-discussed incidents on the trains that have found their way onto the internet.

It joined the ranks of a video of a woman shouting in a thick accent at a passenger who told her off for eating on a train, and one of a little girl urinating.

In a photograph circulated online, a man is shown lying on a hammock strung between two rows of seats. A few passengers - including one in a straw hat and a dozing man - are on the benches.

The MTR said it happened on an Island Line train on Monday night. A passenger called an MTR employee at North Point station at 11.30pm and the man left shortly after the employee intervened.

Meanwhile, a woman shown eating on a Kwun Tong Line train with her son has told a magazine she was so upset when a video of it was posted online earlier this month that she considered killing herself. The YouTube video shows her shouting, "You are so nosy", "You are not Leung Chun-ying", and "Are you bullying me?" at another woman, who told her eating was not allowed on trains.

The clip, uploaded on May 11, had attracted more than 172,000 views by last night.

Internet users joked that the woman pronounced "so nosy" like "thick toast", and "Leung Chun-ying" like "onion rings".

In an interview with Eastweek, the woman said she arrived in Hong Kong from Chaozhou , in Guangdong, nine years ago. She said she was illiterate and did not know eating on trains was forbidden. She had no idea what "thick toast" meant.

She said she became very stressed after the video went viral, and had wanted to kill herself.

MTR Staff General Association chairman Wong Yuen-wood said it was common to see drunk people lying on train floors or passengers in strange costumes, "but setting up a hammock - I have never seen this". Wong said the man could have violated MTR by-laws as the hammock could have caused a nuisance or danger, but he was not charged.


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Wonderful idea actually.
The MTR organisation should consider setting up hammocks in one compartment that would be stationary at main stops during closure time and would accomodate for a train ride fee all those who for some reason cannot go home that night, and turn everyone out by the first train in the morning.
Really!! I find it amusing saying setting a hammock could have cause nuisance or danger? how about those people who were dragging their big suitcases using train and if you are not swift to protect yourself from being ram or ran over by this deadly suitcases and occupy more space on the train. Mr. Wong Yuen-wood what means of transport you use if you are not aware of this?
looks like a cheeky Vietnamese.
Lucky this time not a mainlander, otherwise HK will once more suffer lot of street protests, rows, mud flying, shops closed and aping the hammock sleeper in busy hours.
He could not find any hotel nearby. There were not enough signs.
Definitely Vietnamese. You tell from his companion's rattan hat.
This is disgraceful behaviour ..............burn down their hammock factories!
If we don't get a grip of this now, we could end up with mosquito nets as well. Come to think of it, where can I buy one?
"Meanwhile, a woman shown eating on a Kwun Tong Line train with her son has told a magazine she was so upset when a video of it was posted online earlier this month that she considered killing herself."
Then kill yourself...one less person to dirty up the MTR.
And as for the sleeper...good work on setting it up and actually balancing on the thing!
You don't value life much do you?
Sanctimoniouos POS.
Actually value life a lot, which is why I really dislike it when people throw around words about "killing themselves" over small things so easily. If it is just an expression, there are better things to say than start bringing up suicide and overdramatising situations.
Instead of saying "so upset she was going to kill herself" how about saying something more positive like "so upset that she knows she'll never do it again"?
Having had a friend that unfortunately did kill themselves when I was in primary because of abuse, throwing around such nonsense when they don't mean it shows how little regard they have to people who are actually suffering and actually considering such a silly exit to their problems.




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