So, for a while now since the “peegate” stories spread on the internet via some angry HK’ers following mainland tourists around with cameras, I have wondered, why was this such a huge deal in HK?
Afterall, NYC subway smell like pee. If you googled “NY peeing”, you get videos of public urination in NY.
So, then the question is, how clean are the HK people? (I have been to some small alleys in HK, and they were not that clean).
So, I finally stumbled upon this good collection of data, tabulated by the Public Housing Estate of HK, which issued fines and warnings against HK public housing tenants, from 2003 to 2011.
Among the data, there were lots of minor stuff (category A and B offenses).
“Spitting” and “public urination” are in the more serious (C category), but there is also a D category.
Marking Scheme Summary (1.8.2003 – 31.12.2011)
Misdeeds Category Warning
– number of cases.
C1 Throwing objects from height that jeopardise environmental hygiene – 684
C2 Spitting in public areas – 1 412
C3 Urinating and defecating in public places – 11
C4 Dumping or disposing of decoration
debris indiscriminately at refuse
collection point, within building or in
other public areas
C5 Denying HD staff or staff representing
HD entry for repairs responsible by HD
C6 Refusing repair of leaking pipes or
sanitary fittings responsible by the
C7 Damaging down/sewage pipes causing
leakage to the flat below
C8 Using leased premises as food factory
C9 Illegal hawking of cooked food – 43
C10 Damaging or stealing Housing
C11 Accumulating a large quantity of refuse
or waste inside leased premises,
creating offensive smell and hygienic
C12 Using leased premises for illegal
D1 Throwing objects from height that may
cause danger or personal injury
Up to December 2011, we have recorded some 17 990 point-allotment cases involving 16 400 households, with about 5 400 cases (30%) remaining valid. The misdeeds of ‘Smoking or carrying a lighted cigarette in estate common area’ and ‘Littering’ continue to be the most frequently committed offences involving 6 200 and 5 700 cases respectively.
So, there you have the data. Make it what you will.
1 note: These are “tenants” who have access to bathrooms in their own apartments in HK, and 11 of them still decided to pee or poop on the streets in HK.
And this is just for 16,400 households in public housing.
So, if HK has a public urination (and public spitting) problem, it’s not just the tourists. the DATA shows!