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Last Week in Viral News

We take a look back at the local news that spread like wildfire.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 March, 2016, 9:38am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:01pm

Mar 12, Sat: At around 1pm, a man taking a photo on Lion Rock loses his footing and falls from the cliff. The man tries to grab hold of the vegetation around him to slow his fall, without success. A hiker who sees the accident calls the police, who arrive with the Fire Services Department. They find that the man had fallen 150 meters and pronounce him dead at the scene. 

Mar 13, Sun: A photo of a restaurant menu goes vital. It consists of 11 lunch items, all of which are in $0.80 increments. Netizens wonder if the owner is hoping to make some extra cash by counting on patrons who would rather the restaurant keep the change, since many outlets in Hong Kong do not accept 10 and 20-cent coins. Other netizens wonder if the owner is just trying to offload all his 10 and 20-cent coins.

Mar 14, Mon: A photo of a man dressed as Batman walking down the middle of a road in San Hui, Tuen Mun, goes viral. Netizens observe that man in the costume is too short and is not fit enough to be the superhero. Another speculates that the hero had forgotten where he had parked his Batmobile, and he must have been looking for it. Meanwhile in the New Territories, a man dressed as Batman is also spotted, standing by a black sports car. It appears to have broken down: The costumed hero is seen talking on the phone and checking over the vehicle.  

Mar 15, Tue: Two 20 year-old men plead guilty in court to causing criminal damage after destroying and urinating on 151 golden pagodas in a burial ground for indigenous villagers in Tin Shui Wai. The men claim they did so out of the belief that they would anger the spirits, which would in turn bring them good fortune. 

Mar 16, Wed: A man in charge of a shark’s fin wholesaler discovers that his office and warehouse have been burgled. He estimates that $5,000 worth of mid-priced shark’s fin has been stolen, along with $3,000 worth of alcohol, but he is relieved to find that the more expensive varieties of fins have not been touched.

Mar 17, Thu: In a video uploaded on Facebook, a man films and berates a woman on a KMB bus for ignoring the rules by consuming food on public transport. The woman calmly continues eating, pointing out that she is doing so in a clean and well-mannered fashion. She adds that the cameraman is putting himself in danger by standing up on the upper deck to film her, and is bothering other passengers. Reactions are mixed online, with some insisting that rules should be followed, and others criticizing the man for his lack of tolerance. 

Mar 18, Fri: An older woman boards a bus and takes out a pile of toilet paper, waving it around and causing dust to fly everywhere. A pregnant lady sitting opposite her sneezes and ask her to stop. The older woman responds by calling her a bitch. The man sitting next to the pregnant lady chimes in, asking the older woman to stop, but the woman points at the pregnant lady and says loudly that the unborn child is the offspring of a feral dog. Feeling faint, the pregnant lady calls an ambulance, and just as she is about to leave her seat the woman blocks her way with a cart. Other passengers push the cart away and tell the woman to shut up as the bus pulls over to wait for the ambulance.