Date
29 March 2017
The couple posted the video clip on Facebook (left inset) of the incident at the public transport exchange and later an open apology to the police officer. Photos: Facebook, Google Maps
The couple posted the video clip on Facebook (left inset) of the incident at the public transport exchange and later an open apology to the police officer. Photos: Facebook, Google Maps

Couple apologize after online attack on police officer backfires

A grumpy couple’s online attack on a police officer who ticketed them for a parking violation in Ma On Shan did not go according to plan, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The husband and wife, surnamed Yeung and Tong, were sitting in their car with their children in a space reserved for green minibuses at a public transport exchange in Wu Kai Sha at around 2 p.m. Thursday when a police officer referred to as Ah-hang issued them a parking ticket.

The couple took a video of the exchange between them and Ah-hang on their smartphone and posted the two-minute, 39-second clip on a discussion group for Ma On Shan residents in an attempt to badmouth the police officer.

To their consternation, almost all the netizens who responded to the video blasted the couple for using foul language at the police officer in front of their children in the car and for making sarcastic comments about Ah-hang being merely a frontline officer.

Yeung and Tong were quick to publish an open apology online to Ah-hang Thursday night, saying they had reflected on their mistakes and fully regretted their unacceptable and insulting behavior.

Netizens praised Ah-hang for his high emotional intelligence, professionalism and ability to keep calm despite being confronted with abusive language.

In the video, when Yeung swore furiously at him, Ah-hang merely replied “same here”.

When Yeung challenged him to further his studies in the hope of being promoted to inspector, Ah-hang said, “there are advantages to being a frontline officer”, which some internet users noted favorably as being quite a philosophical sentiment.

The couple had reportedly called the 999 emergency hotline asking to see a senior police officer.

They also filed a complaint against Ah-hang with the Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO), saying his attitude was problematic and demanding an apology.

Yeung and Tong subsequently uploaded the video online, which proved to be a huge mistake.

Ah-hang, who is in his 20s, has been working as a police officer for six years and was assigned to the Ma On Shan regional team two years ago.

The officer in charge of the New Territories South police district called Ah-hang to compliment him on his professional and restrained behavior, the report said.

Video here (in Cantonese)

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