MEN of all shapes and sizes fell for a saucy scam promising not just free sex - but paid sex. According to the Oriental Daily more than 100 budding gigolos paid thousands of dollars in commission to the scam artists for the chance of being introduced as 'male PRs' or 'male tour guides' in the flourishing sex industry. The recruitment advert promised the would-be studs $3,000 to $7,000 for each 'sex service' performed. The bogus pimps claimed they would arrange each lusty liaison. But the eager stallions had their lucrative fantasies shattered when their female clients somehow didn't turn up at the hotel rooms for the sexy encounter. How forgetful. battle of the sexless SHOULD women be forced to wear skirts to work? According to the Oriental Daily they definitely should. It is not an issue of sexism, but rather an issue of safety. The warning came after a 24-year-old woman was mistaken for a man and punched in the face during a row outside an ATM. Why the gender mistake? Because Ms Chan was wearing trousers of course. The 40-year-old attacker had pushed into the cash machine queue. When Ms Chan protested, the paper said, the villain mistook her for a burly bloke and swiftly broke her nose with a left hook before she could put her dukes up. The paper said Ms Chan would not stop wearing trousers just to please the sexists. Though she might just stop wearing pants to get some civilised and chivalrous treatment in the street. thanks a bundle ONE Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation shareholder got a little carried away at the Annual General Meeting recently, according to Eastweek magazine. Shareholder Mr Ng stood up and read out a eulogy to the bank he had written as a poem. If that was not enough the man then got up and personally shook all the directors' hands and thanked them for their 'stunning performance' with the bank. Why the grateful overkill? Who knows. But it may have something to do with the fact that the man bought some bank stock 20 years ago. Since the stock was now worth 100 times what he had paid for his 'meagre shareholding' it had made him quite a rich man. Good cop, bad cop van HONG KONG cops are so well-trained that they rehearse chasing armed robbers in cars. The trouble is the equipment is not so well primed as the boys in green, says the Oriental Daily. When four Kowloon West district policemen rehearsed the chase scene they clambered into a less-than-impressive cop van. One cop hurt himself when the 15-kilogram door fell off in his hands. The police then found the roof had been plugged for leaks with chewing gum. Perhaps the van stood a good chance of catching the robbers in their stolen getaway Porsche. $1 hold-up IS Hong Kong becoming more and more like New York? One 12-year-old boy probably thinks so after he was shot in the head, ear and limbs and mugged for $1 by robbers toting an MI6 rifle, says the Apple Daily. Luckily for the boy it was a fake weapon firing plastic bullets. As for the robbers? They were two 12-year-old boys, one of whom happened to be a notorious bully from a nearby school and still in school uniform. The two delinquents were later caught by two passing cops. Not like New York at all then really. spiked story SCARED shoppers thought the infamous drink spiker was back when an 18-year-old salesgirl fainted after dinking a carton of apple juice. The Sing Tao Daily said paranoid shoppers in the Causeway Bay mall thought the drink spiker was lurking nearby just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting victims. Frayed neves were repaired when police revealed it as a false alarm. The girl had admitted she had an imbalance of fluid in her inner ear and was prone to fainting.