A photo showing a Hong Kong commuter bus on a city street with all its lights inside switched off has gone viral on social media.
The vehicle, which was operated by Citybus, was not carrying any passengers at that time, so it was understandable that the lights were turned off.
Still, netizens were taken aback as they noticed the word ‘DEAD’ on the screen on top of the bus where the route number is usually displayed.
There was much chatter and amusement as people offered their own explanations as to what it might mean.
One commentator remarked that the bus driver could be sending a signal that the vehicle has nowhere to go but the other world.
Another person joked that it might be a ghost bus reserved exclusively for the spirits of the dead.
And there were many who wondered whether the bus operator was trying to celebrate Halloween in advance.
Well, if you want to know the actual reason as to why the vehicle was bearing the unusual sign, here’s a primer from a Citybus spokesperson:
The driver was merely using the code for “dead mileage”, which is used when a public transport vehicle operates without carrying or accepting passengers.
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