Prawn Noodle Shop in Wan Chai alleged to have printed anti-government slogans on receipts


18th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) “Prawn Noodle Shop” at Shop 4, Ground Floor, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai posted on its Facebook page earlier that it was inspected by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) on the 16th October.

During this period, an FEHD officer said that it had received a complaint that the restaurant’s receipt was printed with “anti-government words”. It also said that it would refer the case to relevant departments for follow-up and action would be taken later. “Prawn Noodle Shop” denied the allegations and stated that “intimidating complaints” would not have any effect. “Prawn Noodle Shop” stated that some FEHD staff visited the restaurant to inspect the anti-epidemic measures, and said that they received complaints that the “LEAVEHOMESAFE” QR code f was not displayed in the shop.

The FEHD stated that according to records, it received 2 complaints against the restaurant in October this year, alleging that the restaurant involved allowed customers to enter the premises without using their mobile phones to scan the QR code of the premises and fill in their personal information properly. FEHD conducted an inspection on 16th October, during which no one was found to have violated relevant anti-epidemic regulations. In addition, the complaint also mentioned the content of the anti-government slogan in the shop. The FEHD stated that it would refer the matter to the relevant department for follow-up.

The restaurant receipt contains captions : “Prawn soldiers : Hong Kongers, let’s go up and down together!” and a Latin phrase : “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” It is literally translated as “Who will guard the guards themselves?“, though it is also known by variant translations, such as “Who watches the watchers?” and “Who will watch the watchmen?“. Although in its modern usage the phrase has universal, timeless applications to concepts such as tyrannical governments, uncontrollably oppressive dictatorships, and police or judicial corruption and overreach, in context within Juvenal’s poem it refers to the impossibility of enforcing moral behaviour on women when the enforcers (custodes) are corruptible. It seems to imply that the Beijing is the  tyrannical government and police are corrupted.

Receipt showing anti-government captions.