A 50-year-old migrant from mainland China was reprimanded at the Kowloon City Magistrates Court for causing a repeated nuisance at a five-star hotel in Hong Kong.
The defendant Li Qiang was a VIP member and frequent guest at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers in Tsim Sha Tsui who had been blacklisted by the hotel for repeatedly causing trouble at the hotel’s bar, Sing Tao Daily reported.
On November 24, when Li and two friends and were denied entry to the hotel, he became angry and punched a security guard.
Police later arrested Li and charged him with common assault.
It is understood that Li had migrated to Hong Kong through the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme.
Magistrate Bernadette Woo Huey-fang criticized Li, saying in Putonghua, “the country permitted you to migrate to Hong Kong but you were so snobbish that you insulted the country’s expectations of you. Are you embarrassed by yourself?” Apple Daily reported.
The magistrate added that now Li is a Hong Kong resident, he should be more mindful of his behavior so that he doesn’t embarrass the Hong Kong SAR.
The prosecution dropped the charge on Thursday on condition that Li was placed on a 15-month good behavior bond and fined HK$2,000 (US$254).
Li was also forbidden from entering the hotel during the good behavior bond period.