They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – and a video of a girl repeatedly slapping her boyfriend in the street appears to prove that.
The five-minute video, which has gone viral with more than 27,000 views since it was posted on October 6, shows a young man on his knees in a Hong Kong shopping street with his girlfriend standing over him, scolding him in Cantonese for inviting another girl to his apartment.
A second female stands beside the two. It is unclear whether she is the girl at the heart of the altercation, although the young man asks her several times to confirm what he is saying.
“Why did you tell her to go to your apartment?” demands the girlfriend.
Video: Hong Kong woman beating boyfriend on the street
“Listen to me first before beating me!” he pleads, before adding: “I told her not to come!”
At one stage the second girl tells the irate girlfriend: “Don’t beat him.” But this plea falls on deaf ears as the irate girlfriend grabs the young man’s hair with her left hand and slaps him repeatedly with her right in front of stunned shoppers.
Four minutes into the video a substantial crowd has gathered to watch the spectacle in a Kowloon City street.
A female passerby eventually called the police and the girl was arrested.
A spokesman for Hong Kong police said: “Police received a report at around 5.10pm on October 4 outside 38 San Ma Tau Street in Kowloon City. Police who arrived at the scene arrested a female, aged 20 and surnamed Cheng, for common assault.
"A victim, aged 23 and surnamed Chui, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.”
The spokesman added that the case, which was a "dispute over love affairs", had been handed to CID.