According to media reports, anti-democracy types in Hong Kong hope to take pro-democracy campaign organisers to court to make them pay their taxi bills.
No, I’m not making this up.
The idea of the lawsuits is that demonstrations – now in their third month – have made cab journeys longer, and as a result have pushed up the cost of a ride. Therefore, the argument goes, organisers of pro-democracy demonstrations should foot the taxi bills of anti-democracy types.
Unfortunately, there’s a rather large flaw in this argument. If you know there’s a demonstration blocking the road which will lead to you paying a hefty taxi bill, then that’s the choice you make in taking a cab. Caveat emptor.
The argument loses even more ground when you consider that you can easily take the subway to get past the demonstrations — and generally there’s a station within walking distance of you in Hong Kong.
And there are still other alternatives.
You could stroll through the demonstrations and amuse yourself by taking in the flourishing body of artwork that so eloquently speaks on behalf of Hong Kong’s wit and creativity.
And even if creative art works that use humour to propose a more egalitarian city are not your thing, then you can simply walk around the demonstration sites. It takes literally ten minutes.
And because there are no cabs, you’ll be breathing clean air, a byproduct of the demonstrations that comes free of charge.