The Bus Uncle

The “Bus Uncle” incident happened in Hong Kong in early May. A man now referred to as Bus Uncle, Uncle Bus, Grumpy Man or Bus Judge began harrassing a younger passenger because he patted him on the shoulder since he thought the man was talking to loudly on the phone. What followed after that, and something that has become a so-called Internet meme and made the grumpy man famous, is a 6-minute long video captured by another passenger with his cell phone of the “Bus Uncle” wanting the young man to apologize to him for disturbing him, while he was talking.


The video with english subtitles.

The incident took place onboard a Kowloon Motor Bus (route 68x) heading towards Yuen Long at approximately 11:00pm on the evening of 27 April, 2006. The video clip begins with the middle-aged protagonist (Chan, Bus Uncle) reacting furiously after the young man (Elvis) sitting behind him had tapped his shoulder asking him to lower his voice while speaking on the phone. When Elvis, who seldom talks back during the long quarrel, expresses reluctance to carry on the discussion, the middle-aged man exclaims, “Not yet resolved! Not yet resolved! Not yet resolved! … I face pressure. You face pressure. Why did you provoke me?”, which have become popular catchphrases in Hong Kong. He also uses excessive profanity to insult the young man, but does not express any regret when the young man warns him to keep his mother out of the argument.

The people in the video have gotten pretty famous in Hong Kong and on the Internet.

Elvis Ho Yui Hei (23) - the young man being harrassed.
Chan Yuet-tung (51) - “Bus Uncle”
Jon Fong Wing Hang (??) - the guy who recorded the incident and later sold a second video he had to a newspaper for around $375.

Here are some scans of Hong Kong newspapers giving eerily detailed information about Bus Uncle and the incident in general:


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A fake movie poster with the famous tagline “It’s not resolved”, which is similar to a movie called Election.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a remix and a puppet version.

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