Spend some time on Hong Kong’s public transport and you’ll start to wonder what social-norm-eschewing crack of the earth some of your fellow commuters emerged from. Some don’t seem to notice when an elderly person needs a seat, while others hog a free seat with their bag, and getting squashed by strangers on the train seems to be a rite of passage in our city. These types of behaviour are so irritatingly common that the Hong Kong Transportation Department invited four-time Hong Kong Film Awards winner, Deanie Ip, to star in a short video teaching passengers how to behave.
In the three-minute video, Deanie Ip encounters different types of people we’ve all had to deal with when travelling on the train or bus. From the lady who considers her commute a fine time to do some full body stretching, to a man hogging the MTR pole to use as his personal body pillow, Ip uses her quick wit to politely, but firmly, remind these scorned passengers to be more considerate of others. While we can have a good laugh at the familiar archetypes presented in the video, if you recognise yourself in these characters, well, that’s the first step on the road to recovery.
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