A Chinese man holding a US passport was arrested by Hong Kong police on Thursday for beating up a female employee at a jewelry store in Hung Hom district, Singtao Daily reported Friday.
Security camera footage convinced the authorities that the man had been lying when he denied the assault charges, the report said.
The 58-year-old man, who went to the store Thursday morning with a tour group from the mainland, had a quarrel with a female employee of the store on issues related to a purchase, witnesses were quoted as saying.
To avoid disturbing others, the two went out of the store and kept arguing. Later the man, who is said to bear the surname Zheng, left on a taxi while the employee returned to her store for help after being punched on her face.
The police tracked down Zheng through the tour guide. The Chinese-American then claimed that he was also injured, promoting the police to take him to a hospital for wound inspection.
Meanwhile, officers checked the footage from a security camera outside the store and found that the female worker did not make any physical move on Zheng and that there was no one in the video except the two. The police then decided to arrest Zheng for assault.
Michael Wu, chairman of the Travel Industry Council, said no one should resort to violence even if one is unhappy about something. If tourists have any grievances, they should complain to the council or the travel agencies, he said.
Meanwhile, he urged front-line workers in the travel industry, including tour guides and salespeople, to call the police if anyone indulgences in violence.
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