Nicholas Tse Ting-fung's sentence of 240 hours of community service has provoked a chorus of criticism more tedious than his songs. But is it really justice lite? SAR's survey of misfits and crimes that earned the same time suggest he didn't get off as lightly as some: Hong Kong: July 2000. A 26-year-old Hong Kong housewife, for trying to rob two men in a lift in Wong Tai Sin. (She ended up begging them to let her go after they overpowered her.) June 2001. A district council chairman, for swindling $1 million in rent allowance. California: January 1998. A California mother, for child abuse, after her 308kg 13-year-old daughter dies of a heart attack. Brisbane, Australia: January 2001. Bank manager Craig Hilton Bell, for asking a series of female doctors to examine his penis over a 10-year period, all the time knowing he was in fine health.