Date
24 September 2017
Five teenagers are seen on the rooftop of Tak Fat Building in Mong Kok. Photo: Apple Daily
Five teenagers are seen on the rooftop of Tak Fat Building in Mong Kok. Photo: Apple Daily

Netizens hit out at rooftopping teens in Mong Kok

Five teenagers drew heavy criticism from social media users for their antics atop a 26-story building in Mong Kok, Apple Daily reported Friday.

At about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, a customer surnamed Lam who was shopping on the 20th floor of Bank Centre was shocked to see a boy and four girls wandering on the rooftop of Tak Fat Building across the street.

The teens were taking selfies and sitting on the edge of the roof with their feet stretched out in the air.

Lam said it was a scary scene and feared there might be an accident.

He hit out at the young people for not appreciating the importance of life, calling them a “crazy gang”.

Tak Fat Building, on Tung Choi Street, is used for both commercial and residential purposes.

The rooftop is freely accessible, and the security guard never asks people who enter the building any questions, the report said.

The newspaper got in touch with one of the five teens later.

He said he and his friends stayed up there for only about 10 minutes, not 45 minutes as netizens had claimed.

As a fan of rooftopping, the boy said he has no fear of heights but did worry someone would see what they were doing.

Rooftopping — in which thrill-seekers climb to the tops of buildings and take selfies and other photos — has become increasingly popular in recent years, but the activity has also raised concerns about safety and trespassing.

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