Shoe Shine in Central Now a Legal Business
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Shoe Shine in Central Now a Legal Business

shoeshine  A busy cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong still has a place for shoe shine business. At least those done traditionally by hand.
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/>In Theatre Lane just across Lan Kwai Fong and in front of a building under construction, a band of elderly men — sometimes a woman joins them (photo) — are often seen cleaning shoes of office executives who may just be so busy to clean their shoes themselves. Or maybe they like to see these men earn more while their footwear looks snappy.
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/>Their presence may look legitimate for some of them have worked in the area for more than 15 years. But actually they don’t have a license. They used to avoid Food and Environmental Hygiene Department staff accusing them of obstructing roads and operating without a license. They operate in an area that gets so crowded. Hong Kong does not allow hawking without license although some still get away with it.
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/>The government is set to issue them licenses and this is a good step to providing them with more right to do their business while keeping Hong Kong men’s shoes shiny.
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/>Photo credit: alliebeans19