The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 20, 2013
 

China boy's public urination in bottle peeves Hong Kongers

 
 

HONG KONG (AFP) - A mainland Chinese mother who asked her son to relieve himself in a bottle in a crowded Hong Kong restaurant has sparked an outpouring of online anger in the latest bitter exchange over etiquette.

Manners have long been a source of tension in the southern Chinese city, with Hong Kongers routinely complaining about what they see as the unrefined social habits of their "nouveau-riche" mainland counterparts.

The Standard newspaper said the latest incident occurred over the Lunar New Year holiday - a time when mainland tourists flock in large numbers to the former British colony, popular for its shopping.

The mother, who had been enjoying a meal with her family, allowed her son to answer nature's call in a bottle she normally carries for such purposes.