What would you do if money started falling from the sky? In one of Hong Kong’s poorest neighborhoods, locals were surprised on December 15 with money raining from the top of a building, seemingly thrown from the roof of a building and fluttering through the air before landing on the busy street below.
A hail of banknotes of the HK$100 (SG$17.60) denomination fluttered in the air, sending a crowd of bystanders along Fuk Wa Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong into a frenzy.
Passersby can be seen eagerly grabbing the notes, with some climbing on to the roof of the subway exit to pick up the banknotes. One Facebook user appeared to have picked up at least six notes.
The man behind the stunt is believed to be Wong Ching-Kit, also known as “Coin Young Master”, the owner of Epoch Cryptocurrency, a Facebook page which promotes digital currency investment.
A video emerged on Facebook showing him dressed in a black hoodie, announcing Cantonese:
“Today, December 15, is FCC’s big day in announcing the trading race. I hope everyone here will pay attention to this important event …[I] don’t know whether any of you will believe money can fall from the sky.”
After he finished his speech, the camera panned to the right, showing banknotes being thrown from the rooftop of a building.
On December 16, Wong was arrested for causing disorder in a public place, after he drove back to the neighborhood in his Lamborghini. Police were called to the scene after receiving reports of someone distributing money to people at Fuk Wa Street.
Wong had said in a Facebook post that he wanted to “help the poor by robbing the rich”. He was taken away by the Hong Kong Police shortly after his arrival and was still in police custody on Monday morning.