If I could point the finger at one aspect of Hong Kong that has haunted my time here I’d point it right at the back of this guy’s head. I’d single him out as the epitome of everything that sucks about Hong Kong…and he’s not even a 10 in the grand scheme of things. In terms of sheer bluntness of character this guy is only about a 6. There’s much worse than him. Still, with his phone glued to his ear and his vocal cords well and truly loosened, he makes for a pretty good example as he effortlessly roars over the top of every single other loud person on the train, the mechanically powerful sounds of the train itself, the wooshing and whirring of the train air-conditioning system, the amplified train announcements…and the limitations of my feebly low-fi mobile phone recording capabilities. An awesome display.
What is the obsession with mobile phones? Why are people so dedicated to conquering difficult chatting conditions on trains and buses? Any thought for giving the phone a rest while you’re on a train or bus with other commuters who may not want to listen to you bellowing over the top of screeching rail, fierce engines, dominant air-conditioners, on-board television, next stop announcements, other like-minded phone buffoons and a general cacophony of snoring, burping, hocking, sighing, yawning, yelling, ring-tone repeating, video game playing madness? Do you have to make 8 calls in 20 minutes…and conduct your conversation in a way that sounds like the entire bus deserves to hear what you’ve got to say to someone we can’t see, don’t want to see and would probably hate as much as we hate you if we did see? The answer of course is, yes. Yes. In Hong Kong, mobile phone conversations on public transport must be carried out with extreme prejudice to all those around you. Probably because they’d do the same to you. And they would. So, around we go…round and round in this vicious game of I don’t give a fuck about you…I’ll do whatever I want, wherever I want…whenever I want…
…and they do.
Seems that the Tsuen Wan line is ‘farm tractor’ noisy…due to poor soundproofing. Sadly for commuters, this makes it hard for them to talk on their mobile phones…particularly around Kwai Hing station where noise levels can reach 98 decibels.
I completely agree that the ‘noise problem’ is disturbing. It’s fucking disturbing…but it’s nothing to do with poorly lubricated tracks or bad soundproofing or substandard compartments. It’s everything to do with the fact that Hong Kong people scream in all ambient conditions: noisy, quiet or anything in between. I would rather sit and listen to air rushing through poorly soundproofed carriages and steel wheels grinding on tracks than listen to Mr Fucking Wong and his boorishly loud phone call. Does anyone really believe that a Hong Kong mobile phone tragic would ever allow noisy train conditions to stop him or her from shouting as loud as is humanely possible on the phone in public? Not a fucking chance. The article opens like this…
…’aural respite’? The MTR is going to take away the only thing which could possibly fight to drown out ridiculously loud mobile phone enthusiasts…and expect there to be aural respite? They must mean relatively speaking only. Take away the train noise and all you’d have left is Mr Wong. That’s a terrible step backwards. There are no quiet trains in Hong Kong.
The World Health Organization’s right. Fuck the Tsuen Wan line and it’s alleged soundproofing related noise issues. The real issue is the guy in the video above and the thousands of others just like him. Hong Kong should forget about its consumer friendly, politically friendly recycling programs and water, land and air pollution awareness campaigns and train soundproofing schemes. It should launch a new campaign and its slogan should be:
SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU MORON