A woman was found smoking inside the Cheung Sha Wan MTR station, but she only received a verbal warning from staff of the train operator.
At 9:40 a.m. Thursday a woman wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans was seen smoking while walking along the concourse on the way to a bakery near Exit B of the station, Apple Daily reports.
A passerby surnamed Tam notified an MTR staffer while a student surnamed Pang captured the incident with a video camera.
When the smoker saw a uniformed MTR employee approaching, she quickly extinguished her cigarette by throwing it to the ground and stepping on it.
She then picked it up and showed it to the staffer, saying it was an unlit cigarette.
The employee could only warn and remind her of the station’s no smoking policy.
Many commuters have criticized the company for being too lenient in enforcing rules inside MTR stations.
On July 16, a man drank beer and smoked a cigarette aboard a train on the Kwun Tong line, but only received a warning from an MTR staffer.
He lit up another cigarette after the staffer left the train.
Under Article 23 of the MTR by-laws, no person shall smoke or carry a lighted pipe, cigar or cigarette or naked flame in any form inside MTR trains and premises where smoking is prohibited by notice.
The maximum penalty is a fine of HK$5,000.
Translation by Chloe Chow
Man seen smoking, drinking and playing music on MTR train (July 18, 2016)
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