Hong Kong’s elderly homeless sleeping at ATM centres cause alarm for customers

An elderly homeless person sleeping in an ATM centre

An elderly homeless person sleeping in an ATM centre

The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media:

Hong Kong’s recent hot and wet weather makes it hard for the elderly homeless to sleep in the open.

Fortunately, banks provide air conditioning at their ATM (automatic teller machine) centres so that their customers can enjoy bank services there comfortably.

Unexpectedly for the banks, they provide comfort for poor elderly homeless to spend the long hot and wet nights at their ATM centres.

Sky News says in its report today that some female bank customers complained to its reporters that they felt scared when they withdrew cash from the ATMs by the side of those poor homeless underdogs.

A reporter visited two elderly homeless people at an ATM centre in downtown Youmatei district. One of them kept silent after telling the reporter he was 76 years old. The other, of similar age, showed the reporter a paper board with “I am deaf” written on it.

A few youngsters passing by said that as it was raining, the elders had to stay there as there was no air conditioning in some of the shelters that the government provided them with. They believed that the government should improve its service for the homeless.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: Sky News “The homeless spend night at ATM centres and scare citizens who withdraw cash there” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


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