Oh, well, it happens sometimes when our Octopus card is out of load and we’re in a hurry to get off the bus.
Some are liable to plunk in more or less than the fare — in this case, even a HK$500 note, to be honest about it. But who can blame the lad who did it?
After all, he is only 12 years old.
The honest student, surnamed Lam, felt sorry for overpaying for the HK$4.90 bus ride, considering that he is entitled to a concessionary fare.
He said he was running late for a school exam on Friday and panicked when he found that his Octopus had a negative balance, according to Apple Daily.
He dropped the bill into the till and thought nothing of it until his act of random honesty surfaced on social media and created a buzz.
Lam said he did not tell his parents about the incident for fear of being scolded even if it meant he now only had HK$300 of his weekly allowance left.
Outside of breakfast and fare, whatever is left of Lam’s HK$800 weekly spending money is at his disposal.
That’s how he has saved enough money to buy online game credits and table tennis rackets and treat some of his classmates to snacks.
Lam said he will contact the Kowloon Motor Bus Co. after learning he might be able to collect the change.
While saying it’s not easy for parents to make money, Lam apparently has little idea about its value.
Education experts said such incidents show children nowadays have little or no idea about money management.
Parents need to educate their children more about money and discourage extravagance, they said.
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