Date
19 October 2017
Who's at fault? A mainland boy may have found the sights of Hong Kong too fascinating for his own good. Photos: Buscess, Sina
Who's at fault? A mainland boy may have found the sights of Hong Kong too fascinating for his own good. Photos: Buscess, Sina

Mainland boy’s bus ride raises internet ruckus

A seven-year-old boy from mainland China, who was visiting Hong Kong with relatives, got his head stuck between the windshield and the handrail on the upper deck of a public bus, and firemen had to be called to free him, Sina News reported on Friday.

The incident prompted online comments on the troubles brought to the city by tourists from across the border, the report said.

The boy and his relatives were travelling on KMB Bus No. 960 from Tuen Mun to Wan Chai at around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, when the incident happened. The boy apparently got his head in that position because he was trying to get his face closer to the window to have a better view of the passing scene outside.

Responding firemen unscrewed the handrail to make space, and the boy was released in two to three minutes, Apple Daily said.

A spokesperson for the Kowloon Motor Bus Co. Ltd. said the incident did not affect the bus and the other passengers except for causing a brief delay.

A picture of the incident was taken and widely shared on social media with local netizens chastising the boy’s parents for not teaching him how to behave properly in public, adding that the incident resulted in the waste of public funds as firemen had to be called to rescue him. 

Some netizens called for more understanding of the cultural differences between Hong Kong and mainland residents, while others blamed poor design of the bus for the incident.

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