Hong Kong is well-known for its sky-high prices, but why splurge on an expensive hotel room when there are so many unoccupied ATMs in the city?
That appears to be the logic used by two female tourists who were photographed taking a snooze atop some newspapers laid out on the floor of a Hong Kong ATM stall.
The photo was taken by Facebook user Rocky Wong, who said that he was looking to withdraw some money at a Wing Lung Bank ATM in the New Territories at around 4 a.m. on Sunday, but decided otherwise when he came upon two sleeping tourists blocking his way. Wong told local media that he suspected the two women were from the mainland.
Wong uploaded the picture to a community Facebook group and fellow Hong Kong netizens echoed his assertion that they were a couple of “cheap mainlanders” with “no shame.”
“24-hour AC and security, free overnight rate, no wonder the women chose the ATM stall over a hotel,” one netizen commented on Facebook.
“You should have just stomped on them,” another netizen advised Wong.
Meanwhile, Chinese netizens on Weibo came to their motherland’s defense:
“If these were two young blond-haired, blue-eyed backpackers, then everyone would praise them for travelling around the world on a tight budget,” one netizen argued.
“How the hell do you know that these are mainlanders? Not Japanese? Not Thai? Not Taiwanese?” another questioned.
Unfortunately, mainland tourists have made a bad reputation for themselves in Hong Kong, thanks to incidents of pooping in the subway, peeing in the street and buying up too much stuff. Meanwhile, this trend can’t be good for Hong Kong hoteliers who face declining occupancy rates as more and more mainland tourists decide to go abroad.
It’s really just too bad that IKEA isn’t open 24 hours. After all, are ATMs in China really the best places to go for rest and relaxation?
[Images via Facebook]