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China boy’s public urination peeves Hong Kongers

HONG KONG— A mainland Chinese mother who asked her son to relieve himself in a bottle in a crowded Hong Kong restaurant has sparked an outpouring of online anger in the latest bitter exchange over etiquette.

Manners have long been a source of tension in the southern Chinese city, with Hong Kongers routinely complaining about what they see as the unrefined social habits of their “nouveau-riche” mainland counterparts.

The Standard newspaper said the latest incident occurred over the Lunar New Year holiday—a time when mainland tourists flock in large numbers to the former British colony, popular for its shopping.

The mother, who had been enjoying a meal with her family, allowed her son to answer nature’s call in a bottle she normally carries for such purposes.

“But a female waitress saw us and spoke loudly, saying there is a toilet upstairs,” she wrote in an online forum later. “She repeated it five times until everyone was staring at me.

“My family and I were so depressed thanks to Hong Kongers’ discriminating against mainlanders.”

But her complaints met with little sympathy in Hong Kong, where locals have expressed a growing unease about their relationship with the mainland and its increasing financial and political clout.

The popular HKGolden online forum had hundreds of posts on the issue, with user “Black Flashlight” remarking: “Only dogs will pee everywhere.”

FallOutBoy, joked that “each table should have a toilet”, while others said the woman should stay away from Hong Kong.

A video of a mainland Chinese girl flouting rules against eating on Hong Kong trains last year drew similarly angry reactions, with mainlanders branded as “locusts” by locals and a Chinese professor calling Hong Kongers “the dogs of British colonialists”.

The criticisms may be having an effect. Hong Kong’s Post magazine reported over the weekend that a school of etiquette is about to open in Beijing, modelled along the lines of Swiss finishing schools.

Founded by Hong Kong businesswoman Sara Jane Ho, the “Institute Sarita” will offer “exclusive clientele lessons in being classy”, according to the magazine.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, maintains a semi-autonomous status since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, with its own financial and legal system.

Hong Kongers also complain that the influx of mainlanders has strained resources and pushed up prices from baby formula to property.

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Tags: child rearing , Chinese Culture , Chinese etiquette , Chinese mother , Hong Kong , Hong Kongers , Lunar New Year holiday , Mainland China , Mainland Chinese , PARENTING , Relationships

  • ryan andres

    Does ettiquette even have anything to do with urinating in a bottle? Common sense ang kulang nitong mga tsekwang ito, hindi ettiquette.

    • Noel

      Since the color of tea and urine are the same, maybe the mother just wanted to educate the child that if he runs out of tea in the future, he could drink the urine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/billy.reyes.984 Billy Reyes

    her common sense is great she would probably charge to use the toilet that’s why she did not use it or lazy to go on the toilet because she was told there is toilet upstairs.

    Just no upbringing, ignorance or no etiquette.

    • reddfrog

       Ummm…… bakit sa Pilipinas maraming “Bawal umihi dito” in almost every wall. If they want to pee at least pee in a bottle and dispose of it properly and not decorate someone else’s wall with your yellow stuff. Dogs: pees on walls and trees. Humans: pees in bottles. So, who are the dogs and who are the humans.

      • Noel

        In fairness to the Chinese, ganyan din ang mga Pinoy.  Just look at those street boys and informal settlers who live around the bridges, nagkalat ang mga dumi pati dumi ng mga tao.

  • XY ZEE

    What do you expect from a people that eats its own babies?

    • Noel

      Do Chinese really eat their own babies?

      • reddfrog

         XY ZEE is referring to some controversial photos of a Chinese man with what appears to be fetus on a plate. Turns out the man is a well-known local artist and the “fetus” are doll parts made to look like cooked fetus. Of course someone with a low IQ like XY ZEE cannot tell the difference.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

        Noel, actually it’s a human placenta (inyanan ng sanggol or yun supot na bumabalot sa sanggol paglabas niya sa mother’s womb), kinakain ng mga chinese. As per news article, its an age-old practice in traditional chinese medicine and it is relatively common practice in china until now.

      • Noel

        Human pacenta is different from baby.  It was an exaggeration to say that the Chinese eat babies.  Chinese are known to eat parts of the animals for health and aphrodisiac just like many of the Asian neighbors.  Have you tried Soup No. 5?  After taking the soup and dated my girl, she had fever for three days.

    • DakuAkongUtin

       What do you expect from Pino backstabbers and killers who long to cut their neighbor’s head and eat their brains?

  • Noel

    As a British Colony for many years and having adapted to some kind of western culture, Hongkongers do have more etiquette and manners than the mainlanders.  Mainland Chinese spit anywhere.  They pick their noses.  Women don’t shave their armpits.  Mainland Chinese lack hygiene. 

    • DakuAkongUtin

       Also Honkies are self conceited loudmouths like their crooked teeth limey masters who cannot pronounce english well.   Once their lease was out in 1997 the Granny Queen asked PM Thatcher to beg Deng Xiao Peng on extending their stay in HK.  Deng told her , brush your dirty teeth and washed  your putay well.  End of conversation.

      • reddfrog

         If I remember correctly, the Queen slipped while alighting from her plane. Probably still suffering shock from being refused.

      • Noel

        Putay?  You sound like Ilonggo.

  • BCon

    Mainland chinese are now called LOCUSTS!??? As in one of the seven plagues in the Bible? LOL

  • ryq24

    Mainland Chinese lack proper hygiene. They spit anywhere they want just like Filipinos who pee anywhere they want.

  • Lapu Lapu

    The mother, who had been enjoying a meal with her family, allowed her son to answer nature’s call in a bottle she normally carries for such purposes.
    Mainlanders also carry plastic bags for the other business purpose.

    That too while enjoying meal at a restaurant? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/franklyn.flores Franklyn Flores

      Yup wait till you see the plastic bags…

  • Mendoza_Juniors

    “Only dogs pee anywhere . . . ” How do you call some Filipinos?
    :D :D :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/franklyn.flores Franklyn Flores

    Lots of 50 cent army lol

  • Diablo_III

    how about those drivers in the city peeing in their jeep’s tires……

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