Depressingly, a homeless woman in a McDonald’s in Hong Kong was discovered dead in her seat after sitting there all night.
The woman ordered a glass of water on Saturday night at around 1:30 a.m. and then sat down, after already spending the previous 17 hours in the restaurant located on Ping Shek estate. Staff said that she was initially moving and didn’t show any signs of distress, until someone bothered to check on her after several hours of inactivity at around 8:30 a.m. and discovered she was dead. A police statement said the following:
Officers arrived upon a report from a female customer (that a person was found to have fainted).
The subject was certified dead at the scene.
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The reason for this happening is that it isn’t uncommon to see homeless people sitting all night in fast food restaurants in Hong Kong, as many of them do so in order to stay out of the cold and get some warmth – they’re even known as McRefugees. There’s a massive homeless population in Hong Kong because the rent there is so expensive – a 30 square foot flat is HK$2000 a month (around £170) which is way more than a lot of workers can earn over there.
Despite this though, you might have expected one worker or late night patron to have checked on this woman if she literally hadn’t moved for a few hours. I mean whenever I’ve fallen asleep in public I always wake up every now and again and change position, so I’d have thought if I was working in McDonald’s and saw someone stock still for seven hours I might have clocked that something wasn’t quite right.
As it is though, nobody did and now she’s dead. The cause of death and her identity are unknown at this point, although she was said to be between 50 and 60 years of age. I should probably make a joke about how it was probably their disgusting food that doesn’t age even two years after it’s bought, but I don’t really think it’s appropriate. RIP.