And a huge shout-out to all smokers who are planning to visit Hong Kong for the first time.
This post is perfect for you, and if you have friends who are smokers let them know about this post.
We all know that smoking is a long time vice that some people have, and we know too how much it is dangerous to our health. And the worst are the secondary smokers.
You don’t know how much irritating it is that someone next to you smoking like an erupting volcano and doesn’t careless AF to others.
I know smokers already knows that, but they can’t stopped because smoking turns to addiction.
Okay then granted you can’t be stopped smoking… but at least have decency to know where to throw your cigarette butts, right?!
So in spite of these old damn facts, why on earth am sharing this post?
It all started when one weekend I was randomly browsing some elite Hong Kong Facebook group online (which I am a member too), and I stumbled upon this one conversation thread.
Smoking is truly ban and adding your offence for littering is such a stupid idea.
Smoking in public is banned since 1st of January 2007, and anyone who committed this offence will be charged a fixed penalty of $1,500. Public areas includes indoor areas of all restaurant premises, indoor workplaces, and all public outdoor places specified by the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance. (Source)
Littering is another public offense and it very strictly observed in Hong Kong. Anyone who’s caught on littering will be charged a fixed fine of $1,500 for littering or spitting (Source)
And when I read his plea, I couldn’t help to burst in laughter.
Because he is literally asking the community for any ways to get away with his offense! Like, seriously, dude?
I didn’t reply to his post, as am waiting for true-blue Hongkongers to reply. And as expected, here are some of the comments and everyone is not happy about it.
The Law is the LAW. It is not an excuse that you are a tourist or locals, or even if it is your first offence.
Hong Kong Law might be harsh but there are many signs for a proper throwing of trash, and dedicated bins like everywhere so it is never an excuse to be so lazy to throw your shit on the proper bins.
People got so irritated that even someone said the police should double the fine for his stupidity.
Others even shared their related experience and also paid the fine:
Am telling you ladies and gents, wherever you are going eve not in Hong Kong never ever dare litter your shits all over because it’s inappropriate. I know that we are now living in a digital and fast-pacing era but this is never an excuse to your our brains and have common sense and decency.
I believe these two words cannot be deleted.
So for Filipinos readers, if you got caught smoking in public or committed a littering offence, you will be fined $1,500 or approximately Php75,000 per offence.
Kudos to the Hong Kong police who caught that stupid dude. Serves you right!