Man apologises for wiping saliva on Hong Kong metro
"I made light of the COVID-19 situation in a parody video that was only intended for a handful of friends," Joel Werner, chief investment officer at Solitude Capital Management said in a public Facebook post.
A hedge fund manager in Hong Kong has apologised after a parody video of him licking his finger and wiping it on a train's handrail went viral, amid the alarming coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe. His action sparked anger in the city which is grappling to contain an outbreak of the novel coronavirus with 192 confirmed cases.
A foreign national, Stanford educated and work for an investment bank removed mask and wipe saliva on handrails while riding the Hong Kong Metro, pic.twitter.com/luIfzCPmqU— ayxprese (@ayxprese) March 19, 2020
"I made light of the COVID-19 situation in a parody video that was only intended for a handful of friends," Joel Werner, chief investment officer at Solitude Capital Management said in a public Facebook post. "But I now realise that I shouldn't have done that. A global pandemic is no laughing matter."
Several Hong Kong newspapers ran screenshots of the video in their print editions on Thursday, one on its front page, while many residents took to social media to condemn the video.
Joel Werner said in the post that he unreservedly apologised to anyone he may have offended, adding that he had used hand sanitiser before and after touching the pole, and had also wiped the pole with hand sanitiser afterwards.
A representative for Hong Kong rail operator MTR Corp said the company had reported the incident to the police. "These acts, which ignore public morality, run counter to Hong Kong society's determination to fight the epidemic," MTR said in a statement.