Man arrested after using water gun to threaten staff at moneylending shop

The man wielded a water squirt gun at staff as he demanded they hand over HK$200 million. Photo: Pexels/Anna Shvets
The man wielded a water squirt gun at staff as he demanded they hand over HK$200 million. Photo: Pexels/Anna Shvets

Police have arrested a man who attempted to threaten staff at a shop with quite the choice weapon—a water squirt gun.

Armed with the summertime pool accessory, the 27-year-old surnamed Lo and his partner broke into a Sheung Shui branch of Promise, a moneylending firm, just before noon Monday. They demanded HK$200 million (US$25.7 million), according to police.

The Promise shop in Sheung Shui. Photo: Apple Daily
The Promise shop in Sheung Shui. Photo: Apple Daily

After the staff worker refused, the pair left the shop and stood outside, presumably discussing where to go from here.

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Realizing the water gun ruse was not working, Lo burst back into the shop about a minute later, this time wielding a pen.

He jumped over the counter and shouted “bat po” (a Cantonese slang word meaning a woman who’s up to no good) at the female staff worker, who promptly subdued him. By this time, she had already called the police.

Officers arrived at the shop and arrested the man on a suspected weapons charge, while his friend was nowhere to be found.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and no property damage was reported.

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