Thursday, 14 May 2009

Police in Hong Kong Drink Toilet Water (2001)

Worker connects wrong pipe---Spells bad luck for police officers at Hong Kong police station who end up drinking toilet water (Trans. by Chris Harry)

Hong Kong's Tuen Mun Tsing San police station is currently undergoing renovations. Last month, one of the workers mistakenly attached a pipe for drinking water to a saltwater pipe used for flushing toilets. As a result, hundreds of police officers ate dishes prepared with "toilet water" at the station's cafeteria for as long as two weeks.
Officers made complaints to the administration, saying that the dishes were too salty, but no one paid them any heed. After the source of the problem was discovered, the head of the cafeteria insisted, "Saltwater never killed anyone." During this same period, many police officers suffered from diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

(Nanfang Daily 2001-07-18)