Friday, April 25, 2014

The Toilet Quiz

The furore over a mainland kid peeing in the street in Mongkok has become exaggerated out of all proportion.  As Hemlock points out today, the poor kid has unwittingly become a symbol of all the grievances Hong Kongers feel over the uncontrolled flood of tourists overrunning their city.

To put things in perspective, try this simple exercise:
  1. Make a list of all the public toilets you know in the area where you live or work.
  2. Imagine you are a visiting couple unfamiliar with the area, accompanied by a crying 2-year-old demanding the potty NOW!  How many of them would you be easily able to find within a couple of minutes?
And another question for Hong Kong parents: have you ever let your kid pee in the street or other public place because he/she was unable to reach a toilet in time?

The massive influx of mainland visitors is responsible for many problems here, but let's not make one poor child's bladder a scapegoat for everything that's wrong with the situation.  And maybe the Hong Kong government could consider putting up more signs pointing the way to the nearest public loo - that would be helpful to locals too.


PCC said...

The child did not merely urinate in the street. He defecated. A perfect metaphor for Beijing's attitude towards Hong Kong.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry, Comrad Leung has everything under control. When the typhoid and cholera outbreaks begin, the number of visitors will taper off.

Private Beach said...

I'm not sure of your source for this, but every source I've read only has him piddling. However, there were one or two defecation cases reported a few months ago.