Charges dropped for cardboard granny2017.06.28
THE charges against Granny Chu (朱婆婆), who collects cardboard to sell to paper recyclers, have been dropped. The 75-year-old lady had been arrested by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD,食物環境衞生署) for selling cardboard to a foreign domestic helper for HK$1.
On 11 June, Granny Chu was collecting cardboard in Central when a domestic helper nearby asked for a few pieces. After Chu gave her the cardboard, the domestic helper voluntarily gave Chu HK$1. At this point, six FEHD workers appeared and arrested Chu on charges of unlicensed hawking and obstructing public space.
After being released on bail, Chu went to Civic Party district councillor Lai Chi-keong (黎志強), who made the story public. It led to protests against the FEHD for treating Chu so harshly. On 19 June the FEHD said that the charges were dropped after it considered Chu’s background and received advice from the Department of Justice (律政司).
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 28 June 2017)