A 24-year-old man in Hong Kong literally ‘made it rain’ in the most classic hip hop sense this past weekend, when he tossed HDK6,000 from a building in one of the city’s poorest areas, Sham Shui Po.
The incident happened on Saturday, December 15, when Wong Ching-kit, who is also known as ‘Coin Young Master,’ according to Channel News Asia, tossed bank notes into the air above Fuk Wa Street – triggering a frenzy in the road below. The stunt, which has been linked to a cryptocurrency Wong was promoting, caused hundreds of people to swarm the road in hopes of snagging some of the falling HKD100 bills.
According to South China Morning Post, in the lead up to the cash drop, a man (presumably Wong) got out of a luxury car and asked bystanders if they thought that money “could fall from the sky.” Channel News Asia further quotes a Facebook post from Wong in which he writes that his aim was to “help the poor by robbing the rich.” (Whether Wong actually robbed anyone for the money is unclear, although we should note the man in the video below does appear to be carrying a bow... Bizarre).
Watch footage from the scene below (VPN off):
Yesterday afternoon at around 4pm, Wong was arrested by police for ‘disorderly conduct in a public place’ after showing up again in Sham Shui Po for another stunt. According to numerous reports, Wong publicized on Saturday that he would be handing out ‘meal coupons’ outside a restaurant the following day, but was detained by authorities before he was able to carry out his plan.
SCMP reports that Wong livestreamed parts of his arrest on Facebook and news footage of the arrest shows he was taken into custody while holding a stack of bills.
While it seems no injuries resulted from Wong’s HKD6,000 downpour, the public safety risks (read: stampede risks) that come with such behavior are very real.
On December 31, 2014, coupons resembling USD100 bills scattered along the riverside in Shanghai were initially blamed for a deadly New Year’s Eve stampede that resulted in 36 deaths and close to 50 injuries.
[Cover image: screengrab via QQ Video]