A Hong Kong barber had his shears confiscated on Wednesday after he admitted to chopping off a stranger’s ponytail on a bus because it bothered him.
Allen Yu Kam-lun, 65, told the court he had tapped the shoulder of the young woman sitting in front of him – on the bus to Aberdeen on January 13 – to let her know her hair was brushing his knee, but she did not respond.
He said he felt ignored by her, so in a moment of impulse he took out his barber’s shears and cut at the woman’s ponytail until it fell off.
Eastern Court heard a fellow passenger witnessed the incident and immediately asked Yu: “Why did you cut that person’s hair?”
The victim, Ting Wai-lam, a 25-year-old engineer, then turned to see her hair scattered on the floor of the upper deck of Citybus route 107.
“Why did you cut my hair?” she said.
“Your hair was getting in my way,” Yu replied.
He was arrested 15 minutes later.
Yu had previously denied that his actions amounted to an assault. On the day of trial, however, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.