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Talking Points: Ashley Madison has Government Officials, Cathay Runs Out of Blankets, Post Office Hoarding Letters

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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 August, 2015, 11:38am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:48pm

Ashley Madison Users Include Government Officials 

Pro-infidelity dating website Ashley Madison and its 370,000 users are in trouble as information including names, addresses, credit card numbers and personal data of clients appears to have been leaked online. Almost 10 gigabytes of data includes more than 10,000 “.hk” email addresses, including addresses reserved for Hong Kong government officials and university members. Those questioned about their emails denied setting up an account on the website. Although the data is still in unprocessed form, experts believe that there will be a more reader-friendly version available in due course.  

Our take: Cheaters may not prosper, but we don’t rate Ashley Madison’s chances either…

Blanket Shortage, Cathay Pacific Passengers Use Newspaper

Cathay Pacific’s woes continue, as passengers and flight attendants alike lamented on online forums this week about a shortage of blankets. A commenter claiming to be a flight attendant said that a passenger was forced to cover himself with newspaper to stay warm, and was embarrassed to have him look like a ‘beggar.’ Other commenters complained about having to increase the cabin temperature to deal with the situation, claiming that it made the staff sweat heavily. The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union has said that the blanket shortage is due to a new company policy in response to the MERS incident, in which blankets are prohibited from being reused.

Our take: Nothing like being reminded that you’re flying economy class.

Post Office Hoarding Our Letters

Apple Daily has reported that around 1,000 letters are sitting unprocessed in the Eastern District Post Office. The letters have insufficient postage attached, but there is also a shortage of “postage due” stamps used to indicate that the sender must cover the unpaid fee. Without the postage due stamps, the letters cannot be posted. Staff have been forced to wait for the next round of stamps to arrive. Hongkong Post workers have blamed management for being inflexible, saying that alternative solutions could easily be found. 

Our take:  At least it takes the pressure off sending birthday cards on time…