HK Magazine Archive

Last Week in Viral News

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 July, 2016, 2:28pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:19pm

Jul 16, Sat: MTR staff are alerted to the presence of a man smoking in a train carriage. He puts out his cigarette, only to light another as soon as the staff have left. He continues smoking and cracks open a beer while listening to music on his phone speaker. MTR employees return to inform him that drinking is also banned on trains, but he simply turns up the music and ignores them. The man eventually alights at Sham Shui Po.

Jul 17, Sun: A passer-by sees a woman putting a boy into a rubbish bin at an MTR station, apparently as a form of punishment. She takes a photo and uploads it to Facebook, but is berated aggressively by the woman and two other individuals for trying to intervene.

Jul 18, Mon: A 22-year-old man appears in court for allegedly stealing his girlfriend’s credit card details to buy four iPhones. He is also accused of stealing a phone, $1,800 in cash, four watches worth $6,000 and a $3,000 ring from the girl’s family apartment in Taikoo. The girl has now dumped her light-fingered lover, whose trial is ongoing.

Jul 19, Tue: An off-duty traffic officer spots what he thinks is an illegally parked truck. When on-duty officers arrive and find nothing wrong, they allow the vehicle to leave. The off-duty officer, incensed at their decision, throws himself to the ground, yelling that an officer and a paramedic at the scene had assaulted him. He is sentenced to 12 months’ probation for making false police reports and obstructing officers in the line of duty.

Jul 20, Wed: Teatime, and a tourist from Singapore is snacking on a pineapple bun at a Tsim Sha Tsui cha chaan teng when she finds inside the bun what looks like an IV needle. More alarming still, it appears to contain a blood-like fluid. She calls the police, and officers from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department take the bun away for testing.

Jul 21, Thu: A man is arrested for drunk driving after he drove his car onto the pavement on Hollywood Road, damaging two road signs and a fire hydrant, before driving into an antique store, damaging some 30 antique Buddha statues, bronzes and jades from various dynasties. No one was injured.

Jul 22, Fri: Yet more culinary horror: A customer orders a mushroom sauce pasta for afternoon tea at a cha chaan teng in Ma On Shan. He begins chewing on what he assumes to be a truffle, but its strange taste and peculiar texture cause him to spit it out, revealing that it is in fact a cigarette butt.