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A 71-year-old Hong Kong woman was fined at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for making 843 complaint calls to her housing management office within 24 hours.

The woman, surnamed Lau, who lives in Tin Ma Court in Kowloon’s Wong Tai Sin, pleaded guilty to one count of making persistent telephone calls, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The court heard that between 12:47 pm on October 30 and 1:04pm the next day, the defendant made a total of 843 calls to an estate management office manager surnamed Chan. This means Lau made a call every few seconds.

The manager picked up 549 calls only to find that either no-one spoke or a woman yelled at him. Chan reported the case to the police, who found that the calls were all made from the same telephone number.

When police officers arrested Lau in late February, she said she was dissatisfied with the attitude of the estate manager, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Principal magistrate Bernadette Woo Huey-fang criticized Lau saying: “Do you have problems? Are you mentally ill?”

Lau was fined HK$1,000 (US$127) and the fixed-line phone she used to make the calls was confiscated.

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