A humble kiosk in Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong, will finally get a license from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) after operating for 22 years, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The store run by a woman named Lin Jie is quite small and undistinguished, but it has become a sort of a landmark in the area as it has been serving mountain climbers and visitors, including some celebrities, for more than two decades.
In January last year, when Hong Kong saw it coldest winter in 60 years, Lin was praised for offering food and hot drinks to people who were stranded in the mountain as well as to firemen and paramedics who came to their rescue.
But recently a complaint was filed to the FEHD, saying the kiosk should be ordered to stop selling food because it does not have a license to do so.
It is said that the kiosk had not been issued a license because it was unable to acquire a water meter from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and did not meet the requirements for sewage discharge.
However, soon after the news about the kiosk broke online, many netizens expressed their support for Lin and said she was being treated unfairly.
In a post on a Facebook page dedicated to her kiosk, Lin said she appreciated the concern for her business by so many people.
She said she has stopped selling hot food items, such as steamed dumplings and fish balls, after she became aware of the complaints.
She said the FEHD has been helping her to secure a license for her kiosk.
In the meantime, she said she will provide an electric thermos and a microwave oven at her place so that mountain climbers can help themselves and have something hot such as instant noodles.
In response to inquiries, the FEHD said it is dealing with the issue by following the established procedures and will offer necessary assistance, Apple Daily reported.
While expressing disappointment over government red tape, she said she is pleased that she has seen great human kindness over the years.
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