HK Magazine Archive

Last Week in Viral News

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2016, 2:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:05pm

Apr 16, Sat: A man orders a late-night snack and a couple of drinks at an eatery at Long Ping Estate mall in Yuen Long. After his meal he goes to the bathroom, but succumbs to the alcohol and falls asleep. Waking up at around midnight, he realizes that the restaurant has closed for the night and he has been locked in. He calls the police, and he is rescued by the Fire Services Department.

Apr 17, Sun: In a Yau Ma Tei flat, a nine-year-old boy sticks his little finger into the hole of a metal bathroom amenity holder. He is unable to pull it out, and the finger swells. The boy’s mother panics and seeks help from their building’s security guard, who calls the police. Firemen and paramedics arrive at the scene. The boy, who has remained calm throughout the ordeal, is taken to hospital to have his finger extracted.

Apr 18, Mon: On Facebook, a netizen posts a photo of a pair of mushrooms growing on the wooden window frame of a tram. Opinions are split on whether the fungi are of the lingzhi or truffle variety, while other netizens are concerned that they could be potential health hazards to curious children. Hong Kong Tramways attributes the growth of the mushrooms to humid weather and has since removed the fungi.

Apr 19, Tue: Airport security finds a 21-year-old woman without a boarding pass near the boarding gate of a plane bound for Seoul, and they notify the police. Security footage reveals that the woman had managed to bypass three airport security checkpoints before entering the restricted area. The woman had intended to fly to the South Korean capital to try to catch a glimpse of her favorite stars outside national public broadcaster KBS.

Apr 20, Wed: A 43-year-old woman is sentenced to 13 months in jail, suspended for two years, for fraud. For over a year, she had been working as the CEO for an education services company, with a monthly salary of $88,000. During the last few months of her employment, the company realized that her English language and management skills were substandard. With the help of a private investigator, the company discovered that the woman’s letter of recommendation and her qualifications had been fabricated. The judge suspended her sentence because all three of the woman’s children are in need of special care and attention.

Apr 21, Thu: Two smartphone videos—one filmed by a bus driver and another by his passenger—go viral. The simultaneous videos capture a heated exchange between the two men that starts when the passenger asks the driver why he is late. “What’s wrong with needing to pee?” the bus driver asks in return. The two men continue to argue. At one point, the driver dares the passenger to hit him and lodge a complaint. The passenger lodges the complaint, and the driver is fired.

Apr 22, Fri: Photos of a five-seater taxi driving into the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier Light Rail station go viral. The driver appears lost as he drives along the rail track, almost crashing into traffic barriers before a Light Rail employee points him in the right direction. Some netizens suggest that the taxi is actually Light Rail’s newest luxury carriage, while others speculate that the taxi driver was living out his childood dream of being a train driver.