A woman has won support from many netizens after she complained on a social website that her kindness to scavengers netted her a HK$1,500 (US$192.45) fine, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
Posting online the fixed-penalty ticket issued to her by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the woman, surnamed Chan, who lives in a village house in Tsuen Wan, said she left a cardboard box by a refuse collection point some time after 7 p.m. Friday when she went there to dump garbage.
But soon after she did so, four officials from the department approached Chan and gave her a ticket, telling her what she did was against the law.
Chan complained online that she only wanted to help some elderly scavengers. She said she should not be punished for acting on her good intentions.
Many netizens voiced their support and called the department “ruthless”.
Chan said she was considering writing a letter to a district councilor and filing an appeal with the department
But a rule is a rule. A notice at the collection point clearly states that leaving garbage outside the station or on the ground violates the Public Cleansing and Prevention of Nuisances Regulation and an offender will be subject to prosecution.
As a result, Chan might still be ordered to pay a fine even if she takes the case to court.
The department, which sends out inspectors to check collection points regularly, suggests citizens make an appointment with scavengers for them to collect any recyclable garbage.
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