A total of $2,000 was fined to a Filipino waiter after allegedly stealing a mobile phone which was left by a customer inside a convenience store in Hong Kong.

The Filipino was identified only as J.M, 49-years-old and a Hong Kong resident living in Sai Yung Pun. He admitted to one count of theft in front of Lam Tsz-kan.

According to the prosecution, the owner of iPhone 7 Plus arrived at Circle K convenience store in the evening, May 21 to purchase something.

Li Huirong, the owner of the phone, paid at the counter but left his mobile phone there and went out. After two minutes, he returned but his phone is already gone.

Upon reporting to the police, they were able to check the CCTV of the store. It showed J.M, who was next in line to the counter. He bought cigarettes and paid at the cashier.

The video shows him putting back his wallet together with the phone. He was arrested but was released on police bail.

The lawyer of J.M said that his client admitted to his wrongdoing saying that he badly needs a phone. The lawyer also asked for leniency of the sentence because J.M still has 2 sons, ages 22 and 20 that still needs his support.

J.M was ordered to pay $2,000.


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