What's the fuss about a little flood? Let me read my newspaper


An elderly man in Hong Kong, looking relaxed and reading his newspaper in a flooded Hong Kong Starbucks cafe, has become a hit on social media.

Hong Kong was pounded by heavy rain this week, bringing floods to parts of the island. However, this senior remained unperturbed and continued to enjoy his newspaper and coffee in the Chai Wan district outlet.

A photo of the scene has turned viral after Hong Kong news site TV Most shared it on its Facebook page, reported the BBC.

The post has since received more than 19,000 reactions and 2,500 shares by netizens.

The shot was submitted by medical worker Kristy Chan, 23. She told the BBC she was taking photos to show her family how bad the floods were when she came across the man seated near the entrance of a mall.

TV Most encouraged the buzz by suggesting people send in their comments and Photoshop edits of the picture, according to the BBC.

"For the price of a Starbucks coffee, you can also experience what it's like to be in Venice," joked Facebook user James Chan in Hong Kong. The man was also a source of inspiration for others. Another user commented: "See, it's just rain - nothing to fear. I'm not ever going to panic about floods again. Just chill like him."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's the fuss about a little flood? Let me read my newspaper'. Print Edition | Subscribe