Date
28 May 2017
A car camera captures the antics of a young boy in Mui Wo, but the vehicle owner wasn't amused. Credit: Apple Daily
A car camera captures the antics of a young boy in Mui Wo, but the vehicle owner wasn't amused. Credit: Apple Daily

Man lodges complaint as 6-year-old uses car as playground slide

A six-year-old boy has turned a car in his neighborhood into a personal playground, prompting a not-too-happy reaction from the vehicle owner.

The victim of the unwanted attention on the car was a resident of Mui Wo on Lantau Island.

When the car owner, a man surnamed Leung, sought to take out his Volkswagen convertible on Thursday, he was horrified to find it covered with palm prints and footprints. 

“It looked so weird, so I checked out video clips from the car camera,” Yeung told Apple Daily.

From the footage, he discovered that a barefooted small boy had pranced around on his car at around 9 pm the day before.

The child used the windshield of the car as a playground slide, moving onto the top of the vehicle and sliding down several times.

He clearly had a lot of fun, but the car owner wasn’t amused. 

Yeung said he was worried that the convertible may have a leakage problem due to the boy’s antics.

The vehicle was purchased in the second-hand market for HK$130,000 around a year ago.

Yeung said he recognized the boy as a Filipino who lives with his family in the neighborhood.

“The boy and his friends always fool around, they would hit and bang the cars and play with the street cleaners’ broom”.

Yeung reported the matter to the police Thursday night, hoping they will warn the boy to stop his wrongdoing.

Mui Wo has seen a surge in car population in recent years, but parking spaces in the community have not kept pace. That has led to many cars being parked on the streets during night hours.

Also, the area lacks enough space and playgrounds for children.

“They have nowhere to play, so they choose to turn cars into their own playground,” Yeung noted.

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