Date
4 December 2016
A magistrate's court has ruled against a claim by a disco bar customer for distress over higher admission fees for men. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Club Legend
A magistrate's court has ruled against a claim by a disco bar customer for distress over higher admission fees for men. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Club Legend

Ladies’ night complainant gets zero compensation

A magistrate’s court has ruled that a Mong Kok disco does not have to make any compensation to a complainant after the establishment was found guilty of charging male and female customers different admission fees on ladies’ night.

The plaintiff, a male police constable surnamed Yiu, demanded that the disco operator, Legend World Asia Group Ltd., pay him HK$50,000 (US$6,450) for emotional distress, Sing Tao Daily reports.

He also sought to be reimbursed for the HK$180 admission fee difference and legal costs.

The judge questioned why Yiu would feel distressed after having apparently enjoyed the service at the disco where he spent three hours on July 28, 2014 for HK$300.

Yiu consumed drinks, played darts, and used its karaoke lounge and dance floor.

The magistrate also pressed Yiu about why he did not attend a mediation hearing.

He notified the Equal Opportunities Commission about the meeting five minutes before it was scheduled to take place.

In his defense, Yiu said it was pointless to repeat each party’s assertions.

The magistrate said Yiu is not a genuine victim because he continues to patronize the club.

Meanwhile, industry sources said they are relieved by the court’s ruling and said they will resume the ladies’ night offer next week.

They said Yiu has been banned from their premises, according to Apple Daily.

Chin Chun-wing, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Bar and Club Association, said Yiu was only stirring things up, displeased with the fact that there were few female customers at the bar at the time.

Disco bar guilty of discriminating against men on ladies’ night (Apr. 14, 2016)

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