Police say the woman, who was between age 50 and 60, was a regular at the McDonald’s in the working class district of Kowloon Bay.
Unaware diners eat around the dead body of a homeless woman for hours after she died in a Kowloon Bay McDonald’s on Saturday. At 1.20am on Saturday, she suddenly slumped over the table.
“We endeavour to support street sleepers to enhance their self-reliance … the subject is a complex social problem”, a spokesperson for the city of Ping Shek’s social welfare department said.
Police said there was nothing suspicious about the death of the yet unidentified woman who regularly spent her nights at the restaurant. Nobody paid her any attention as customers ate their late-night meals around her.
Speaking of the incident, McDonald’s Hong Kong senior director Wendy Lam said: “McDonald’s Hong Kong would like to express our grief over the unfortunate incident at our Ping Shek Estate restaurant”.
A representative for McDonald’s Hong Kong said the woman did not order food but was moving and had requested water at a few point during the evening.
“To complement the modern lifestyle of people in Hong Kong, a few McDonald’s restaurants operate 24 hours a day”, Lam said.
“In order to provide a pleasant dining environment, we would not disturb our customers”, she explained, according to the SCMP.
Hong Kong’s homelessness has increased because of sky high rents in the overcrowded city.
Chief community organizer for the Concerning CSSA and Low Income Alliance, Lee Tai-shing, reported that housing in the area for a 30-square-foot place would cost HK$2,000 a month to rent – equivalent to nearly 200 U.S dollars.