Group fined for parading hearse on Halloween

By Nhat Vy   November 7, 2023 | 05:25 pm PT
Ho Chi Minh City police fined eight people that rode a hearse through the metropolis's Halloween festivities and scared onlookers by leaving the vehicle's door open.

Each person has been fined VND400,000 (US$16.37) for "disturbing public order," Ben Nghe Ward police in District 1 announced Tuesday.

On Nov. 1, a 38-year-old who drove the hearse was fined VND700,000 for violating a government decree on keeping vehicle doors closed while driving them.

The group of eight hired the driver to take them from District 7 to District 1 in a hearse.

The passengers dressed like "ghosts" for Halloween night.

A hearse moves along Nguyen Hue Street in HCMC's District 1 carrying people wearing Halloween ghost costumes on Oct. 31, 2023. Video provided by police

When they reached the Nguyen Hue pedestrian square, where many Halloween revelers had gathered, the driver opened the door for his passengers to cheer and "scare" others.

They stopped the hearse in the middle of the street and the passengers took out a stretcher pretending to seek medical attention for an injured person.

Their performance attracted a crowd.

Halloween has become increasingly popular among young people in Vietnam over the last decade.

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