Last Week In Re­al­ity

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SAT 27 Morn­ing Stroll At around 11 in the morn­ing, MTR em­ploy­ees find a man in his 60s pac­ing back and forth on the south­bound track at She­ung Shui sta­tion along the East Rail Line. He re­fuses to move back to the plat­form. Af­ter some per­sua­sion, five em­ploy­ees es­cort the dis­traught man back to safe ground. He is sent to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

SUN 28 Tur­tle Re­call A fam­ily and a Taoist priest are seen throw­ing a bag of ob­jects off the pier at An­glers’ Beach in Tsuen Wan. Soon af­ter, dozens of ter­rap­ins— specif­i­cally, red-eared slid­ers—be­gin climb­ing out of the wa­ter. Life­guards row out to search for more of the fresh­wa­ter species, re­turn­ing with buck­ets of them. More than 240 are res­cued. A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent is later re­ported in the same dis­trict at Ap­proach Beach, this time in­volv­ing farmed bar­ra­mundi as well as ter­rap­ins.

MON 29 Happy Chop­per A photo up­loaded to Facebook goes vi­ral: A woman asks her do­mes­tic helper to di­vide a tub of ice cream into two por­tions.

The helper lays the tub down on a chop­ping board and slices it in half. Im­pressed by the per­fectly cut dessert, ne­ti­zens praise the helper’s carv­ing skills.

TUE 30 Tough Cookie At around noon, a 61-year-old woman is cross­ing the road in Sau Mau Ping when a dou­bledecker KMB bus runs over her foot. Cry­ing out in pain with her foot stuck un­der the wheel, the woman man­ages to call the po­lice on her own phone. Fire ser­vices ar­rive to free her, and she is taken to hos­pi­tal.

WED 31 Let It Go The High Court re­jects a 40-year-old man’s ap­peal to re­cover $6,200 worth of cash and be­long­ings—in­clud­ing a mat­tress—from his ex-girl­friend fol­low­ing their breakup. The man filed the ap­peal af­ter a failed claim at the Small Claims Tri­bunal. Although he paid only $500 for the mat­tress in a sale, the man told re­porters he wanted to claim its orig­i­nal price of $5,000 be­cause he queued 12 hours for it. He now plans to lodge an­other ap­peal through his ex-lover’s church.

THU 1 Inoffe­sive Weapon At 8am an em­ployee at a store in a Mong Kok in­dus­trial build­ing finds what he be­lieves to be a ma­chine gun in the stair­well. He calls the po­lice, who de­ter­mine the “gun” to be a plas­tic replica, and hand the case over to build­ing man­age­ment.

FRI 2 Not Buy­ing It A man is ar­rested at a Stan­dard Char­tered branch in Tsim Sha Tsui af­ter re­peat­edly de­mand­ing up to $60,000 in “com­pen­sa­tion” on the ba­sis that he was of­fended by the “blas­phe­mous” pres­ence of the qilin—a Chi­nese myth­i­cal crea­ture—on the $100 notes is­sued by the bank. Prior to his ar­rest, he had also threat­ened to “ruin the bank’s rep­u­ta­tion.” An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

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