Date
24 May 2017
MTR passengers appear oblivious to a woman eating fried noodles. Netizens smelled somethng objectionable and quickly weighed in. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook/Tai Po
MTR passengers appear oblivious to a woman eating fried noodles. Netizens smelled somethng objectionable and quickly weighed in. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook/Tai Po

Woman eats noodles on MTR, netizens smell public nuisance

Did she or didn’t she?

Netizens are in two minds about what to make of a woman who was pictured eating fried noodles on the MTR.

Did she create a public nuisance?

Social media, as usual, was quick with a verdict after the photo went viral on the internet.

One commenter criticized the woman for being “unruly, inconsiderate and unhygienic”.

Another was more forgiving, saying it’s okay to eat on the train only that the smell might offend other passengers.

But one netizen found humor in all of this.

He said the woman should have gone the whole hog after noting that she did not have sesame sauce or sweet sauce with her noodles.

“Is it really over the top?” one Facebook headline screamed, apparently from someone who thought it was all a storm in a teacup.

In fact, eating and drinking on the MTR are prohibited — so is smoking. Offenders are liable to a fine of up to HK$2,000.

But apparently, playing mahjong is allowed.

This week, four men were pictured playing mahjong in the middle of the passageway of a Tseung Kwan O train.

Reports said they casually alighted in the next station before MTR personnel could catch up with them.

But if playing mahjong on the MTR is not illegal, who cares?

No eating, drinking or smoking on MTR but playing mahjong? (Aug 1, 2016)

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