Police are looking for several men who splashed bleach on pork stalls in five branches of Kai Bo Food Supermarket in a span of less than three hours on Wednesday afternoon, Apple Daily reports.
Lam Hiu-ngai, founder of the supermarket chain, told the newspaper he had no idea who was behind the incidents, noting that it was the first time such attacks occurred in his stores since he opened his first branch more than 10 years ago.
The Kai Bo group has never received any threats by phone or mail, Lam said.
Asked why the culprits only targeted the pork stalls, Lam said the only reason he could think of was that pork prices in his supermarkets are lower than the competition.
At 1.17 p.m., a man wearing a cap splashed bleach on the pork stall at the chain’s store on Po Kong Village Road in Tsz Wan Shan and ran away, prompting staff to call the police.
Three minutes later, another Kai Bo branch on Yuk Wah Crescent, which is only 300 meters away, also witnessed a similar attack. Two male employees were hurt.
A cap suspected to belong to the culprit and two paper cups were later found in a trash bin on Po Kong Village Road.
A third attack took place at 1:25 p.m., this time at the chain’s Broadway Street store in Mei Foo, leaving one employee hurt.
Similar attacks hit Kai Bo stores on Fuk Wing Street store in Sham Shui Po and Reclamation Street in Yau Ma Tei at 3:16 p.m. and 3:48 p.m., respectively.
Police did not rule out the five attacks were connected. The case was classified as criminal damage and assault.
No one has been arrested so far.
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