Good to see Scrooge-like behaviour hasn't totally hijacked the Hong Kong Christmas spirit. Our story about a very un-Christian theft from a Filipina domestic helper yesterday touched a nerve among Lai See's readers. Briefly, to refresh your memories, Susan Aquinde was robbed of her purse - containing a $2,500 festive season pay packet and her Bible, among other things - while she was praying with her eyes closed in Statue Square. One reader, Richard Rund, managing director of F.O.B Products, was moved to such an extent that he rang us yesterday offering to immediately give Mrs Aquinde the $2,500 she lost. 'I'm Jewish, actually, but it seemed like, in your words, a 'Christian' thing to do,' he told us. 'I hope this helps to motivate people to perform a random act of generosity every now and then, no matter how small.' Well done, Mr Rund. We invited Mrs Aquinde to come into our office yesterday afternoon, where we presented her with his cheque. Then we heard some more good news. She told us that the police found the actual bag that was taken. The money was gone, naturally - but the bag mercifully still contained her Bible. Mrs Aquinde was understandably over the moon about Mr Rund's random act of generosity. 'I'm just so happy because there are people with good hearts to return this money to me,' she said. 'I just say thank you to him. May God bless him.' Aw, shucks. Before you think we're going all gooey here, we have a big raspberry to hand out: to the Post Office. For the past two days, we have been visiting our local post office to send our Christmas mail. The huge, slow-moving queues have been disconcerting enough. But what has been really annoying on what has to be the busiest week of the year for the organisation has been its staffing levels. On both days, there were normal staffing levels - with a mere two counters open to service a huge queue. Moreover, the front of the line was held up both days by messengers wielding massive piles of parcels to send out. It was proving too much even for one patient postal worker, who told us he would take the matter further. With all of that extra revenue pouring into Post Office coffers this week, is it too much to ask for some temporary staff additions? The wonder that is our legal system brings up some interesting results at times. On Monday, society figure Simon Chan Ying-ming was given six months in prison for running an illegal bogus bank which squandered $100 million of depositors' cash. About two weeks ago, a minibus driver was jailed for four months after admitting stealing $280 out of a wallet someone dropped in his bus. If the minibus driver had not admitted his crime then he could well have got an even heftier sentence. Admittedly, in the former case, the judge pointed out that Chan had not stolen or misappropriated any money. Still, there seems to be a message in all this for white-collar criminals: if you get yourself into trouble with money, it may as well be a large amount. Come to think of it, most of them probably knew that anyway. Truth in advertising is not always the norm for New World First Bus. You may recall yesterday we mentioned many of its bus stops are aptly adorned with the message, 'Jingle all the Way' - surely a reference to coin fumbles you have to perform on the company's non-Octopus buses. Now we hear from Paul Claughan that the old number 14 blue bone-shaker bus that rumbles along the winding Tai Tam Road is emblazoned with another Christmas message: 'Oh what fun it is to ride!' If you have ever caught the number 14, you'd know this is not an entirely appropriate motto. How do you know when you have really hit winter in the SAR? We've contemplated this question long and hard lately - and think we've found the answer. No, it's not when the average Hong Konger starts showing off his or her winter wardrobe - after all, that tends to happen when the temperature drops below 25 degrees. It's also not when the swimming season ends, around the end of October. No, it's when those hardy Canadian expatriates in your office - who know winter weather when they see it - finally start sporting thick trousers. This happened in Lai See's vicinity this week - finally allowing us the latitude to declare the weather officially 'cold'.