Date
11 December 2017
This unnamed man is back selling desserts after being fined for illegal hawking. A netizen is appealing for help so the man can pay the HK$6,000 fine. Photo: Facebook (Artemis Pang)
This unnamed man is back selling desserts after being fined for illegal hawking. A netizen is appealing for help so the man can pay the HK$6,000 fine. Photo: Facebook (Artemis Pang)

Elderly illegal hawker gets tough love from netizens

An elderly man who has been fined by a judge for illegal hawking has caught the attention of a netizen who has launched a campaign to help him.

But he is not getting much sympathy from others.

Artemis Pang has written about the man on her social media page in which she asks readers to help him pay a HK$6,000 fine by buying his desserts.

The man plans to pay HK$500 a month to settle the fine.

Pang said she found the man back in his usual spot near a minibus stop outside the Choi Hung MTR station after a short absence.

She said his disappearance might have been due to his arrest and prosecution.

Pang is encouraging passers-by and netizens to buy his soups — red beans, green beans and sago — which he sells for HK$12 per bowl.

But some people are not buying.

While some sympathized with the man for having to pay a large sum, others said the punishment is reasonable.

“Unlicensed hawking is illegal. It could result in food poisoning,” one commenter said.

Lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing told Metro Daily he hopes the man could be allowed to pay a smaller instalment. 

He said the government could consider allowing the underprivileged like him to make a living by easing the anti-hawking policy.

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