Porsche owner fails to appear at the agreed location on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, leaving towing service provider in the lurch without deposit

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23rd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) A Hong Kong towing service was left stranded and financially burdened after a Porsche owner failed to appear at the agreed location on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

The incident began around 9pm when a man, identified only as Kelvin, reached out to the towing company via WeChat. He claimed that his Porsche had broken down while he was travelling back to Hong Kong from Zhuhai. Despite typically requiring a deposit of approximately HK$1000, the towing service waived this condition under the pretence of mutual trust between fellow Hongkongers.

Acting in good faith, the towing company dispatched a driver northward without securing a deposit. After navigating customs and immigration formalities at the bridge, the driver arrived at the designated location around 11pm, only to find no sign of Kelvin or his Porsche. Attempts to contact Kelvin via messages and phone calls went unanswered, and eventually, the driver was blocked on WeChat, suggesting a deliberate attempt to evade payment.

The towing service, which recently commenced operations focusing on local and cross-border towing, faced not only the loss of fuel and toll expenses but also the logistical nightmare of their driver being stranded overnight in Zhuhai. This incident represents a significant setback, particularly in the current economic climate which the company described as challenging.

In response to this deceit, the towing company took to Facebook to express their frustration and seek accountability from the Porsche owner. The post quickly garnered attention, with many netizens sympathizing with the towing service. Several comments highlighted the harsh realities of business, advising that transactions should always commence with a deposit to avoid such incidents.

The community response was mixed, with some calling for cautious business practices while others directly criticised the integrity of the Porsche owner. One user commented, “In business, one must firmly adhere to principles; start with a deposit before commencing work.”