Date
23 August 2017
Passengers pack a MTR train. A Chinese merchant reportedly lost HK$500,000 to robbers on the MTR on Monday. Photo: HKEJ, MTR's facebook
Passengers pack a MTR train. A Chinese merchant reportedly lost HK$500,000 to robbers on the MTR on Monday. Photo: HKEJ, MTR's facebook

Man loses HK$500,000 on MTR as robbers vomit and clean up

Have you ever paid HK$500,000 (US$64,267) for a subway ticket in Hong Kong?

That, unfortunately, was the cost of a MTR journey for a hapless Chinese merchant.

The merchant, surnamed Chen, 34, had exchanged HK$500,000 on Des Voeux Road Central at noon on Monday and was going to Tsim Sha Tsui when he was robbed, Sing Tao Daily reported Tuesday.

When the train stopped at Admiralty, he was waylaid by a gang of three men of Southeat Asian origin. One of them threw up on the merchant and his two accomplices then proceeded to clean up the mess on the trader’s shirt.

The Chinese man found his money was missing on arrival at Tsim Sha Tsui.

Apple Daily cited the police as saying that it is possible for the thieves to tail the merchant after he exchanged the money and then get into the vomit-and-rob act.

The police have studied CCTV footage from the MTR. They are looking for three Southeast Asian people who are between 1.6 meters and 1.75 meters tall, one of them wearing a cap and a grey T-shirt and another wearing a green T-shirt.

More stories:

MTR escalator mishap down to a shoe

Foreigners fall prey to new taxi scam

‘Miss Thick Toast’: The dos and don’ts on HK trains

–Contact us at [email protected]

AM/JP/JL

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe