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Woman arrested in first at Hong Kong mini-storage company

Customs officers claim she broke the trade descriptions law by exaggerating size of Sha Tin cubicle

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 6:26pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 July, 2016, 4:50pm

A saleswoman has become the first person to be arrested at a mini-storage facility for allegedly violating the city’s trade descriptions laws.

Customs and Excise Department officials raided the offices of Redbox Storage at Shing Wan Road, Sha Tin, on Tuesday after investigating a number of complaints from customers.

Sources with knowledge of the case said the woman was arrested after exaggerating the size of a mini-storage cubicle to an undercover officer.

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“The size of the cubicle was about 20 per cent smaller than what the undercover agent was told. He discovered this after making the payment and getting the key to the cubicle,” the source said.

Providing such false details is one of a number of practices forbidden under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, and carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and a HK$500,000 fine.

“This is the first time we have arrested staff from a mini-storage facility in connection with false trade descriptions,” the source said.

The department investigation was ongoing with officials trying to find the owner of the company.

The arrested woman was yet to be charged.

Last month, the government pledged a safety drive at storage facilities after two firemen died following an 108-hour blaze at an industrial building in Ngau Tau Kok.