A Chinese man drew curious stares from passengers when he was spotted using an electric rice cooker to steam rice at the departure hall in Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday (Mar 9).
Wu Jia Yong, 46, was photographed squatting outside a bakery and beside him was a rice cooker plugged into a wall socket.
“There was steam rising from it, I think it (the rice) was about to be ready,” said a passenger named Miss Hui.
According to Hong Kong media, Wu had missed his connecting flight to Jinan, Shandong, and with little money left, he had no choice but to cook his own dinner.
Wu told reporters that he had been dismissed from his job in Singapore and was returning home to Shandong. While waiting for his 12pm flight, he decided to take a nap but overslept and missed his flight.
After forking out HK$200 (S$30) in extra fare for a noon flight the next day, Wu was left with around HK$20 (S$3) and 40 yuan (S$8), which was barely enough for a meal, so he decided to steam rice using the electric cooker and bag of rice that he brought with him from Singapore.
“I had no choice… I have no money and had not eaten,” said Wu.
According to airport officials, electrical outlets at the airport are meant for use by cleaners and maintenance staff and are not provided free of charge to the public.
A person found using one improperly could face a fine of up to HK$10,000 and three months’ imprisonment if charged.