Update: The man who behaved badly, then apologized, after not getting his table for 12 at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club is top Swedish diplomat Jorgen Halldin. He tells the South China Morning Post: “There is never an excuse for being upset, and I regret this deeply. I have the highest regard for the FCC, of which I have been a member for about a year, and this was a highly unfortunate incident.”
Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club members have been advised to behave themselves.
“We’re not yet in the business of chopping hands off miscreants,” says the president’s memo. “And nobody wants to turn the Bar into a hushed library. But times change, and what might have been permissible three or four decades ago has no place in the Club today.”
After one member couldn’t immediately get a table for his party of 12, “he insulted staff during a loud tirade, and cut up his membership card in disgust. To which all we can say is: good riddance.”
My tipster reports the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club membership is a mix of journalists and “business/diplomatic/lawyer types” and “so it’s unclear who is being the douchebag in the incidents described below.”
From: FCC [Foreign Correspondents’ Club]
Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 1:54 PM
Subject: FCC: Club Announcement – From the President
28 February 2015
FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Board of Governors draws members’ attention to the following column “From the President”, appearing in the forthcoming edition of the Correspondent magazine, regarding standards of behaviour expected from all at the Club.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Very few places in Hong Kong can rival the electric atmosphere that prevails when our Main Bar is packed and buzzing with the hum of spirited debate, lively repartee and old friends catching up. Unfortunately, more than once on recent occasion, that atmosphere was soured for some by the antics of others, and the Board was forced to step in./CONTINUES Read More