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Bank on Hong Kong people to scramble for free cash: but what drives them to it?

  • It is a breach of our own moral values to scramble for money that does not belong to us
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 December, 2018, 2:03pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2018, 2:03pm

I refer to your report, “Banknotes falling from the sky send crowd into a frenzy in Hong Kong neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po” (December 16).

It is a shame for Hong Kong, as an international city, to have such outrageous civic qualities that some citizens rushed to pick up the banknotes and caused chaos. This incident was reported by media worldwide and certainly Hong Kong has become a laughing stock for the embarrassing behaviour displayed by its people.

Undeniably it would be tempting to grab some when you see numerous banknotes falling from the skies. However, it is obvious that picking them up is no different from theft and is liable to attract prosecution. Even if it is not a criminal offence, we should be aware of the fact that these banknotes are actually someone else’s property. It is a breach of our own moral values to scramble for money that does not belong to us.

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This frenzy reflects the fact that Hong Kong people lack basic moral education. For instance, this was not the first time that Hong Kong people were reported to be taking photos instead of helping matters in a public incident. When we compare ourselves with citizens from other advanced countries in Asia, we can discover tremendous room for improvement in self-discipline.

Another worrying quality is that the bandwagon effect is common among Hong Kong people. Many people joined the crowds sensing a windfall and added to the public disorder, for fear that they would miss the chance to pick up the cash falling from the sky.

Lastly, Christmas is indeed a season of giving; however, giving away cash as a disgraceful stunt is hardly in the spirit of the season.

Anfield Tam, Quarry Bay