Hong Kong's MTR hammock man is a hero for our time

By James Griffiths, May 21, 2014

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An exhausted commuter strung a hammock across the compartment of a Hong Kong MTR train and went to sleep, SCMP reports

In a photograph circulated online, a man is shown lying on a hammock strung between two rows of seats. A few passengers - including one in a straw hat and a dozing man - are on the benches.

The MTR said it happened on an Island Line train on Monday night. A passenger called an MTR employee at North Point station at 11.30pm and the man left shortly after the employee intervened.

MTR Staff General Association chairman Wong Yuen-wood said it was common to see drunk people lying on train floors or passengers in strange costumes, "but setting up a hammock - I have never seen this". Wong said the man could have violated MTR by-laws as the hammock could have caused a nuisance or danger, but he was not charged.

In January, Shanghai Metro authorities admitted that they were powerless to prevent riders from bringing their own foldable stools and seats onto the subway cars. It could be worse, in Beijing people simply pass out naked across the seats

[Image via SCMP]

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