Date
11 December 2017
A HK$500 note left in a bus fare collection box has 
become a hot topic of discussion on social media. Photos: Facebook
A HK$500 note left in a bus fare collection box has become a hot topic of discussion on social media. Photos: Facebook

Bus-riding student raises HK$500 question

Why would he do such a thing? Is he obscenely rich? An incorrigible show-off? Or he simply had too many things on his mind?

That’s what netizens are asking after a photo of a HK$500 note stuffed into the fare collection box of a Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) unit went viral recently.

According to the person who uploaded the picture on Facebook, the generous commuter was a student who boarded the No. 27 bus heading to Shun Tin Estate at the Shun Lee Fire Station in Kowloon on Jan. 9, Apple Daily reported.

The fare was HK$4.9. However, his attempt to tap his Octopus card on the fare box failed, apparently because the balance was not enough. Without much thought, the student fished a HK$500 note out of his wallet and inserted it into the collection box.

The bus driver was understood to have reported the incident to the bus company and was told to submit a detailed report.

A KMB spokesperson said the franchise bus operator is verifying the facts of the reported incident and would need to conduct further investigation.

If passengers deposit something into the collection box by mistake, they should let the driver know or call the KMB customer service hotline for assistance, the spokesperson added.

On Jan. 11, a similar photo, this time of a HK$1,000 note in the fare box, emerged on social media.

Some netizens registered their displeasure over such behavior, calling the person involved as a spendthrift and a show-off, while others believe the incident was a prank and the money was fake.

Or perhaps it’s about time his parents cut his allowance.

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