In a horrifying incident, a homeless woman in Hong Kong’s Ping Shek district lay dead at a local McDonald’s for hours before anyone realised something was wrong.
According to local media, the woman is said to have been slumped on the table for several hours, surrounded by diners without anyone noticing that something was amiss.
The incident has once again sparked concern over homeless people who seek shelter in the 24-hour restaurant as they have no place else to go. The place provides them refuge with free shelter and air condition. The woman, who is said to be between the age of 50 and 60, was found dead early on Saturday morning when an officer arrived at the spot after being informed that a person had ‘fainted’ in the restaurant. The police statement said:
“Officers arrived upon a report from a female customer (that a person was found to have fainted). The subject was certified dead at the scene.”
Ping Shek is a working class district and thus the rents are relatively high, which forces many to live on the street.
Being a city which has sweltering temperatures and is high on humidity, many of these homeless people thus seek refuge in air-conditioned restaurants that are open around the clock and can provide them relief.
Reacting on the incident,Wendy Lam, senior director of McDonald’s Hong Kong, said:
“McDonald’s Hong Kong would like to express our grief over the unfortunate incident at our Ping Shek Estate restaurant.We welcome everyone to visit our restaurants any time. In order to provide a pleasant dining environment, we would not disturb our customers, but our service will be offered promptly upon request.”
The CCTV footage reveals that the woman had not moved for nearly seven hours before anyone noticed something was wrong. The woman is said to have been a regular, who used to spend a lot of her nights in the Ping Shek restaurant.