Date
24 September 2017
Passengers are shown playing mahjong on an MTR train. MTR by-laws prohibit conduct that causes a public nuisance. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/North District
Passengers are shown playing mahjong on an MTR train. MTR by-laws prohibit conduct that causes a public nuisance. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/North District

No eating, drinking or smoking on MTR but playing mahjong?

People have been caught eating, drinking or even smoking on MTR trains but playing mahjong?

The first three are explicitly prohibited and warnings — with the corresponding penalties for offenders — are clearly marked in compartments.

But there are public nuisances that need no such warnings and should occur to passengers with common sense.

Playing mahjong on trains, for instance.

An online photo uploaded by a passenger on Facebook and simply titled “unexpected incident in Hong Kong”, shows four people playing mahjong on an MTR train, Apple Daily reports

The four — three men and a woman — are shown in the passageway of the car, unmindful of the unease and annoyance they are causing to other passengers.

An MTR spokesman said he was not sure when the photo was taken but staff in Po Lam Station received a report around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday about four people playing mahjong on a Tseung Kwan O train.

They saw nothing when they boarded the train to investigate but a group of passengers told them they had seen four people alight in Tiu Keng Leng Station with what looked like a mahjong case and a small table.

The four denied playing mahjong in the car, Sky Post reports.

The photo was deleted an hour after it was posted but netizens who saw it called the incident “outrageous”.

Some said the players might have done it as a form of protest.

MTR by-laws prohibit conduct that causes a public nuisance on trains and in terminals.

Offenders face a fine of up to HK$5,000 (US$645).

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