There is a moral to this shaggy dog tale in the SCMP, probably that going to see ageing rockers can do wonders for your schedule the following day.....
Teacher is arrested for refusing to pay taxi fare
A Canadian expatriate teacher was arrested in Sha Tin after he allegedly insulted a taxi driver by calling him "a Chinese pig" and "stupid", and left without paying a $15 fare yesterday.
The man, 32, jumped into Lam Chung-chiu's cab at the taxi stand outside the University KCRC station about 7am and asked to go to Sun Chui Estate in Sha Tin.
"Shortly after, he asked me whether I could reach [the destination] in 15 minutes. I told him that I would try," Mr Lam, 42, said.
He said the secondary school teacher then asked the cab to turn back. "My English is poor. So I asked him to make sure whether I should drive him back to the station. And I was told to go back to the KCRC station," Mr Lam said.
"Before we reached the taxi stand, he [called] me a Chinese pig and stupid for not understanding what he had said."
When the cab stopped, Mr Lam said he asked for the $15 fare.
"He refused and he leaned over to the front passenger seat holding his fist tightly and threatened to assault me."
Mr Lam said the man ignored his demand, then entered the railway station. Mr Lam followed him, called the police and sought help from two KCRC staff.
The teacher boarded a Sha Tin-bound train, and Mr Lam and the two KCRC workers followed him.
"When the train arrived at the Fo Tan station, the expatriate man was pushed out by other passengers when I told the commuters that he did not pay the fare and I had called the police," Mr Lam said.
The workers asked the teacher not to leave, but he ignored them and boarded another train. The trio again followed the teacher, who got off at Sha Tin station.
Police then arrived and arrested the teacher, who was released unconditionally last night.