Date
24 May 2017
Chun rests at her newspaper stall in Mong Kok. She said she has lost HK$300,000 to theft and fraud over the years. Photo: Apple Daily
Chun rests at her newspaper stall in Mong Kok. She said she has lost HK$300,000 to theft and fraud over the years. Photo: Apple Daily

Thief catches old newspaper seller napping, steals HK$35,000

This is one costly nap.

When an elderly newspaper stall owner woke up after momentarily falling asleep, she found her waist bag missing with HK$35,000 (US$4,516) inside.

The 72-year-old woman, surnamed Chun, has made the stall in Shan Tung Street in Mong Kok her temporary home since moving out of a small flat when the landlord refused to renew the lease.

She sells newspapers during the day and sleeps there at night, Apple Daily reports.

On Sunday evening, she took a nap and woke up minutes later to find the week’s sales gone.

Tha stolen bag also contained her Hong Kong ID, her senior citizen card and a bank passbook. 

Chun said she saw a man hurriedly walk away but she could not stop him.

Police said CCTV footage from nearby shops will be examined to help find the culprit.

Chun had been planning to deposit the money in her bank account the next day.

She said she has lost HK$300,000 to theft and fraud over the years.

Chun said she is able to support herself and once refused an offer by social workers to help her apply for welfare benefits.

She uses a public amenities facility for her needs and buys food from a nearby service complex.

Until Sunday’s incident, things had run smoothly for Chun, even during her naps — customers would simply plonk the money into the till.

On Monday afternoon, Chun got a surprise from a university student who brought her some food and drinks.

The student, surnamed Fok, said he is a regular visitor to Chun.

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