Odd customer wounded another in Hong Kong Cafe

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    Odd customer wounded another in Hong Kong Cafe

    source: sun

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    An odd customer sitting in cafe for half an hour in Kwai Chung left his seat for bathroom, returned to see his seat being occupied that he furiously punched the person with fists wounding him, also wounding a police officer afterward. Police eventually contained this odd customer, and sent the police officer and injured customer to hospital.

     

    The arrested man's surname is Sin (46 years old). At nine o'clock yesterday morning, he visited a Hong Kong cafe in Kwong Fei Yuen, during which he left his seat to the bathroom, and another man surname Ng (49 years old) thought no one sitting in seat and took the seat. Sin came back asking in furious, "Why did you occupy my seat?", then immediately punched and wounded Ng. A plain-clothes police officer arrived at the scene to question Sin, but Sin attacked the police officer punching another again, so uniformed police officers rushed to contain Sin. When he was taken away, Sin was still talking to himself who appeared to have mental health problem.


    UFO in Hong Kong?

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    UFO in Hong Kong?

    source: sun

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    UFO appears in Hong Kong Island! Seven o'clock yesterday morning, reporters looking in the sky in Wan Chai found a flying object. The object dragging 2 light-emitting tails flew in slow pace to the east, and about one minute later, disappearing into the horizon. Fong Ho-cheung, in charge of Galaxia Research Agency said, if it was a meteor, the speed dropping from high to low and onto the ground would be fast, and he was not sure what was the object.


    Filipino maid punches aging employer because of resentment

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    Filipino maid punches aging employer because of resentment

    source: sun

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    A Filipino domestic helper suspected of hitting her aging employer. In a flat on Nga Ying Chau Street in Tsing Yi, at nine o'clock yesterday morning, the head of household, Ms. To (77 years old) instructed Filipino maid (22 years old) to sweep the floor, but the Filipino domestic helper only brush the garbage to one side.

     

    When To seeing how careless she works, To demands that the maid to immediately clean the trash. However, the maid resents To for being long-winded that she vents out in anger by punching and wounding To, who also breaks mop stick in half, bashing and breaking the telephone. At this time, To's daughter intervenes, but due to Filipino maid's strong built figure, the daughter worries that accident will happen so she immediately calls for police assistance; Police arrives at the scene arresting the Filipino domestic helper, and To with injured left hand is taken to hospital for treatment. The maid subsequently reports she's not feeling well and requires to be sent to hospital. The maid is suspected of wounding and 2 counts of criminal damage, and is being detained for these two crimes.


    A 5 feet 1 31 years old poses as a kid to trick 31 people for cellphones

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    A 5 feet 1 31 years old poses as a kid to trick 31 people for cellphones

    source: sun

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    "I lost my wallet, am afraid dad and mom will yell at me......" A 5 feet 1, 31 years old man who has 42 times similar deceiving case, is an unemployed Chinese. He poses as a kid to win sympathy from passers-by saying he lost his wallet and his parents will give him a hard time on streets, including outside of Hong Kong and Kowloon La Salle Primary School and other schools. One after another, he has borrowed cellphones or video games from 31 passers-by, to which he would claim to explaining to his parents that he uses the money to buy those goods. Once the guy got what he needs, he flees right away. All passers-by lose a total property of 64,000 dollars. The arrest of the unemployed man pleads guilty in the District Court and remanded in custody pending for trial.

     

    Standing about 5 feet 1 inch defendant Lee Wei-Hung, have thick brows, big eyes and a dark complexion, that appearance and voice are match his real age, but he can still swindle many passers-by with his height. He acknowledges to 31 charges of obtaining property by deception and one count of possession of a drug offense, to which the prosecution refers to an increase for similar offenses applying for additional sentence, and the judge will give his sentence next Wednesday.

     

    Crime happened on 2008, June 2 to September 26, the defendant had contacts with 31 persons aged between 12 to 21 years-old for 28 times. Each time, he falsely claimed that he accidentally lost his wallet or cash, that he "was afraid his parents would yell at him" asking victims to borrow items such as cellphones or video games to explain to the parents he had used lost money to buy those items in order not to be scolded; when well-wishers loan goods, the defendant told the victims to wait for his return, but the result was the defendant never came back.

     

    The court also pointed out that the defendant chose places where young people frequented such as the Tai Po Mega Mall and Adventure Theme Park, etc.; the defendant had also committed crime outside of the La Salle Primary School, Lutheran schools and God Tong Ming Yuan secondary school, while there were many times crime happened in the subway station or on the buses. Most of the victims were deceived of a cellphones or small amount of cash, while which several victims were cheated out of their PSP or Octopus card, and a total value of goods being cheated was 64,000 dollars.

     

    Until September 26 last year, police found defendant on Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok, so they arrested him and found 10 pills commonly known as "10 seeds" drugs in his possession. Defendant said after he spent all stolen goods through pawning the items.

     

    Case No.: DCCC 1170/08

     

    Update

    The youngest victim was 11 years old. According to the defense lawyer, defendant's mom left when defendant was 12 years old, and his dad died in 2007. His public housing was even taken back. At the same time he lost his ID card after released from jail in December, but he could not find a job so he had been homeless which caused him to commit crimes. Defendant was sentenced to 45 months


    Hong Kong people spending habit polarized in Chinese New Year

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    Hong Kong people spending habit polarized in Chinese New Year

    source: takungpao

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    Poon Kuen-fei says that business is surprisingly good

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    Siu Wing-Chuang says that under poor economy, customers pinch to the last dollar and cent when buying candy

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    The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and the street is crowded with people to prepare for the New Year. Although under the impact of economic instability, some dried foods stores said business this year is better than last year, and they believe it has to be more Hong Kong people staying in Hong Kong to celebrate the New Year, in addition to sharp price cuts of dried foods that many business revenue increase. Hong Kong Dried Goods and Grocery Merchants Association President Michael Mak says that current consumer spending polarized that some people reduce spending and some buy expensive goods as usual. When two sides balance, they have confidence to maintain revenue.

     

    Lunar New Year is coming only in a few weeks, and dried goods store on Sheung Wan Street is packed with people preparing for New Year. Poon Kuen-fei in charge of On Gei Dried Foods says they worried about this year's market since September last year of the outbreak of the financial crisis. They were so anxious that they couldn't sleep thinking that if revenue drops 30 percent is most fortunate, which is why they come up with price cuts to keep the business. He says they have never expected such a positive response and they have been busy starting from December, to which December turnover is more than the revenue of the same month in previous year, which is a double-digit growth. He estimates that New Year sales will have a 5 to 10 percent growth this year selling in small sale and quick sale.

     

    Poon Kuen-fei says that this year products are at discount prices to attract customers. The more popular traditional New Year foods such as mushrooms, fish maw, dried scallops and Japan abalone are in prices lower than cost to benefit the customers. "For example, canned abalone from Australia, the usual sale price of 250 dollars is now sold as 198 dollars, that is cheaper than the cost price; also, Japanese abalone sold at 8000 dollars per 500 grams last year, at present, price cuts down to 4800 dollars per 500 grams that customers are eager to buy".

     

    "Although the increase in turnover, but because many goods are price promotions, revenue is little, so they can only gain revenue selling frequently.", Poon Kuen-fei says that employees are too busy, and business rebounds this year, so he will be distributing double pay and bonuses, also, bonus amount this year increases more than last year.

     

    Hong Kong Dried Goods and Grocery Merchants Association President Michael Mak says that the industry's business is initially affected by the economy, but business has gradually picked up. "Hong Kong people are still rich, so they will not save when buying goods in the New Year." He says that high prices dried seafood has never been universal that it is not common festive food while the rich will not save just because the economy is poor. "Price promotion is only merchants gimmicks, dried goods prices has been raised too high in previous years due to the economy boom, this year price is only dropped back to moderate price, so I believe the industry business will be similar to last year's business".

     

    "At present, spending is polarized. Some reduce spending to save, some continue to buy expensive goods as usual that they will not save on several thousand, hundred thousand dollars", Michael Mak says that there is confidence in the business to keep revenue when there's a balance. "There are still frequent customers buying expensive seafood for New Year. Some spend more than 50,000 dollars to buy dried abalone, shark's fin and dried scallops that they are not affected by the economy."

     

    Some people of course would like to take the opportunity of a financial crisis to purchase goods at a great price. Mrs. Ko who has shopped around 2 to 3 times says she will buy after assessing prices and expects this year's spending to be slightly reduced. On the other hand, Mr. Leung who has spent hundred thousand buying dried seafood says that holiday can't have without dried abalone and scallops, and he goes to Shang Wan to shop for New Year goods every year. Even if the economy is poor, New Year meal has to be nice. He says that this year's high prices goods is indeed much cheaper than before, so he will buy more to stock.

     

    On the other hand, businesses that sell only candy and other New Year snack shop say customers change spending patterns, to which they will assess and calculate down to one dollar and cent. Snack owners say this year's Chinese New Year candy businesses will be down by 20 percent compared with last year, but businesses refuse to have price cuts.

     

    Shun King Trade Co., Ltd., in Sheung Wan has the franchise of New Year candy and snacks. The shop owner, Siu Wing-Chuang, says this Chinese New Year's business is poorer that the average spending is lower than last year, and he anticipates the business during Chinese New Year will fall 20 percent than last year. "Impacted by economy, many customers have changed spending patterns who will only choose low-priced Chinese New Year candy spending an average of only tens of dollars.", Siu Wing-Chuang says in the past many mainland Chinese customers have bought candy at his place, spending two thousand to three thousand dollars each time, which is several tens of dollars more than local customers. But due to the financial crisis, number of Mainland Chinese customers have been reduced. But he is most baffled by customers not saving on higher price goods, they would pinch to the last one dollar and cent, yet they are willing to buy expensive goods such as dried seafood. Siu Wing-Chuang says that although business has dropped, but he refuses to have price cuts, because products have a value of up and downs, so he does not want to sell lower than products cost. He admits that he is not concern about New Year business, but business after New Year because business will become slow.


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