A security guard has been suspended for leaving his shotgun behind after delivering cash to a KFC restaurant in Tsuen Wan.
The 36-year-old man, surnamed Cheng, was also reprimanded by Guardforce, a security company which provides cash management and transport services.
Cheng reported his weapon missing to Guardforce and the police after retracing his steps and failing to find it, Ming Pao Daily reports.
The loaded Remington shotgun was left in a KFC office.
An employee found it but did nothing, expecting its owner to come back.
Incidents involving lost guns are on the rise because of increased workload as cost cutting by companies exacerbates a shortage of security guards, the report said, citing industry sources.
Cheng could face disciplinary action after Guardforce said he violated company guidelines, according to Apple Daily.
However, the company said it was an isolated incident.
A lost firearm could land its owner in jail for up to 10 years if convicted of violating the firearms and ammunition ordinance, barrister Albert Luk said.
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