28 October 2016
A video depicting a man smoking on an MTR train is doing the rounds on social media in Hong Kong. Credit: Andy Lau
A video depicting a man smoking on an MTR train is doing the rounds on social media in Hong Kong. Credit: Andy Lau

‘So what?’, says smoker caught on video on MTR train

A video clip of a young man smoking nonchalantly on a subway train in Hong Kong has gone viral on social media platforms.

In the video, which was uploaded by a person named Andy Lau, a man wearing a Manchester United Football Club T-shirt is seen puffing away, ignoring the pleas of other passengers.

Posting the clip on Facebook Monday evening, Lau gave an account of what transpired on the MTR train when the offense took place. 

When he saw a red T-shirt-wearing man smoking, Lau said he politely told the man to put out the cigarette.

But the smoker failed to comply with the request, and in fact told Lau that it was none of his business.

“Who do you think you are? It’s none of your business. I will go on [smoking]. So what?” the smoker said, according to Lau.

Lau said he was frustrated by the man’s attitude and became angry, but was calmed down by a fellow passenger.

The fellow passenger suggested that the smoker be filmed so that the matter can be publicized and the offender shamed.

A video was then taken while another fellow passenger alerted the MTR staff through an emergency intercom in the train compartment.

When the train arrived at Kowloon Tong station, an MTR staffer came by to check but the smoker managed to flee.

As the MTR worker did not attempt to chase the guy, Lau and a fellow passenger went after the offender and followed him on to another train.

They then called the police but no officer showed up.

Getting off the train at Shek Kip Mei, the two men took the smoker to a reporting room of the MTR. The smoker remained flippant while giving his identity information to the MTR staff, Lau said.

According to MTR rules, smoking is prohibited within the station premises and on trains. Offenders can be fined up to HK$5,000.

Now, we assume that the smoker has found his antic prove a bit too costly.

The video clip, meanwhile, has already logged more than 800,000 views on Facebook and been shared over 30,000 times.

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