Woman sits dead for hours

Lesotho Times - - International -

HONG KONG — A home­less woman lay dead at a Hong Kong Mcdon­ald’s restau­rant for hours sur­rounded by din­ers who failed to no­tice her, spark­ing con­cern over the city’s “Mcrefugees”.

The woman, who po­lice say was be­tween 50 and 60, was found dead on Satur­day morn­ing and has been held up as an ex­am­ple of the grow­ing num­ber of home­less peo­ple who seek shel­ter in 24hour res­tau­rants.

“Of­fi­cers ar­rived upon a re­port from a fe­male cus­tomer (that a per­son was found to have fainted),” po­lice said in a state­ment.

“The sub­ject was cer­ti­fied dead at the scene.”

Lo­cal me­dia said the woman was slumped at a ta­ble, 24 hours af­ter she first en­tered the restau­rant in the work­ing class dis­trict of Ping Shek.

She had not moved for seven hours be­fore fel­low din­ers no­ticed some­thing was wrong, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple Daily, cit­ing CCTV footage.

The woman was thought to have reg­u­larly spent nights in the Mcdon­ald’s, the South China Morn­ing Post said.

Many such des­ti­tutes are forced to live on the street as they can­not af­ford to rent even the tini­est home as hous­ing prices are sky high.

In swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures and high hu­mid­ity, some find shel­ter in air-con­di­tioned res­tau­rants that are open around the clock.

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