A man from Chongqing in southwestern China was sentenced to two weeks in prison, suspended for three years, and ordered to pay a fine of HK$5,000 for attacking an airline employee at the Hong Kong international airport, Headline Daily reported.
The case stemmed from an incident that happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.
Chen Xuesong, 46, was having an argument with a female staff member of Cathay Pacific as he was going through the departure procedures at the airport to fly back to Chongqing from Oakland, California.
A customer service supervisor surnamed Wu tried to mediate.
But at the height of the heated argument, Chen entered the counter and pushed Wu’s chest.
Wu’s left hand finger was hurt while trying to fend off Chen. Wu called the police.
In court, Chen’s lawyer said the defendant became angry because the airline staff failed to process his complaints, adding that he had realized his fault and hoped to return home soon.
Acting Principal Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong criticized Chen’s behavior, saying his anger was no excuse to physically attack others.
Cheang said Chen’s behavior would affect other people’s perception of Chinese travelers and thus he should be penalized.
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