Date
23 August 2017
The HK$1,000 note sits in the fare collection box (inset) of a No. 629 bus. Photos: Apple Daily, Wikipedia
The HK$1,000 note sits in the fare collection box (inset) of a No. 629 bus. Photos: Apple Daily, Wikipedia

Mainlander pays HK$1,000 for HK$10.60 bus ride

A mainlander paid HK$1,000 for a HK$10.60 bus ride from Admiralty to Ocean Park, leaving other passengers in shock, Apple Daily reported Monday.

It is the second report in three weeks of a wildly excessive payment of a bus fare.

At about 9 a.m. Sunday, the Putonghua-speaking mainlander, believed to be in his 50s, reportedly had only HK$1,000 notes on him when he boarded a 629 Express bus traveling from Admiraty to Ocean Park.

A Citybus representative said the firm would follow up on the case but it has yet to receive a report from the bus driver concerned.

Passengers are required to pay their fares using an Octopus card or tender the exact fare in cash, with no change given.

Alternatively, if they are headed for Ocean Park, they can buy bus tickets from the Citybus booth in Admiralty.

Tang Sin-hing, chairman of the Citybus Ltd. Employees Union, said he has never heard of anyone paying for a bus journey with a HK$1,000 note.

Chung Chung-fai, chairman of the New World First Bus Staff Union, who has 35 years of experience as a bus driver, said he has only seen passengers depositing HK$100 notes into the fare collection box.

Tang said if passengers have paid too much, they should inform the driver and call Citybus with details of the bus route and license plate.

The bus company may refund the excess fare at its discretion, he said.

Last month, a Primary 6 student rushing to school to sit an examination paid his fare with a HK$500 note.

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