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Mr. NewChinaHand and I were out having a few cold ones in Tsim Sha Tsui the other night. I don’t go to T.S.T. too often because I find the tour groups a bit overwhelming.
But last night we noticed other things passing by our pub again and again…fake monks.
This growing problem in Hong Kong has really started to get under my skin. I hate seeing people trying to deceive others in the name of religion. Especially for money.
No real monk would take to the streets in bar areas at night looking for cash donations.
This guys loving life outside the Hard Rock Cafe!
There are two types of Buddhist monks; Theravada monks and Mahayana monks.
Theravada monks, mainly from Thailand only collect food in metal bowls and Mahayana monks don’t collect anything at all.
This clever scam has made these con artists a lot of cash.
Here’s super monk chilling in a private jet.
Last night I saw a foreigner give a ‘monk’ some money and bow to him while saying, “Namaste!”.
I called out, “He’s not a real monk!”
The tourist stared at me as if I had just thrown a cat out the window.
Hopefully, the word will continue to spread that these fake monks are out there and that the police can put an end to this sad scam.
Personally, I like giving some change to street musicians who make my commute a touch better.
However, Mr.NewChinaHand busted me giving a donation to a violinist and then passing by a singer moments later… In my defense, he was total rubbish…
Hope you’re having a great hump day and wish you smooth sailing to the weekend.