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Last Week in Viral News

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2016, 1:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:06pm

Apr 23, Sat: A 92-year-old man has just withdrawn cash from a bank in Sham Shui Po when  a woman in her 30s approaches and offers to have sex with him. They agree on a $100 transaction and head to a nearby motel, where the woman asks the man to take a shower first. Just as he is about to rinse the soap off, the man discovers that the woman is trying to run away with his $4,000 gold ring and $8,000 in cash. He chases after her, but slips, falls and hits the back of his head in the hallway. A motel employee calls the police and the old man is sent to hospital for treatment. An investigation is underway.

Apr 24, Sun: A photo uploaded to Facebook goes viral: a Taste supermarket employee is pictured wiping off oranges taken from a box of what appears to be moldy oranges and placing them on display. When the person who took the photo asks the employee why she was allowed to do this, the employee replies, “You’ll have to ask for permission to take photos here.” The incident has been reported to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. 

Apr 25, Mon: An online forum post goes viral: A woman is heading home from work with her boyfriend and tells him she needs to go to the store to buy some tissue paper because they are running out at home. Her boyfriend tells her not to, and takes her to a McDonald’s restaurant instead, where he asks an employee for a large stack of napkins. He smiles and tells his girlfriend, “See? Money saved.” The woman says she has started to have second thoughts about marrying him.

Apr 26, Tue: A restaurant owner is taking a cigarette break outside his Wan Chai eatery. He lights a cigarette with a lighter. He detects the smell of gas, but shrugs it off and places the lighter back into his shirt pocket, which contains another lighter. He hears a strange noise and his pocket bursts into flame. He struggles to remove his flaming shirt, and his brother jumps in to help. The man is sent to hospital for treatment on his burned chest, neck and right hand. He says he is seriously considering giving up smoking. 

Apr 27, Wed: A photo of  a banner by Or Sin-yi, member  of the North Branch of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, goes viral. The banner reads “Happy Mother’s Day” in Chinese and “Happy Fathers’ Day” in English.  Or denies that there has been a mistake, and says that  the banner serves as a reminder that Fathers’ Day should  be valued, too.

Apr 28, Thu: A truck driver and his two colleagues are delivering  goods to a Wellcome supermarket in Tuen Mun.  A Wellcome employee finds their behavior suspicious and suspects them of stealing from the store, and  calls the police for help. The police arrive and find $430 worth of goods which they suspect have been stolen, including snacks and sanitary pads. The driver  is arrested on suspicion of theft.

Apr 29, Fri: A tearful 28-year-old woman tells the press about being forced to buy an $8,000 hair removal treatment package after her beautician tried to sell her the package while she was lying on a bed undergoing a hair removal procedure on her genitals. The woman says she bought the package because she wasn’t wearing any underwear and wanted to get it over with. She was refused  a refund the next day.