Fri, Aug 14, 2015 - Page 5 News List

No Mickey, but police help visitor find her way home

By Liao Hsueh-ju and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Taoist folk deity Muzha stands atop a roof at the Taizi Temple in Hsinchu on Wednesday.

Photo: Liao Hsueh-ju, Taipei Times

Hsinchu City police helped an overseas Taiwanese find her way back to a friend’s house — even though she confused the Taoist folk deity Muzha (木吒) atop the Taizi Temple with Mickey Mouse, the Jhubei precinct said yesterday.

Police said the woman, identified only as Sammey, had been visiting Taiwan after a close friend was injured in a car crash, and was staying at the friend’s home in Hsinchu.

She left the home to buy groceries one day, but got lost driving around the Fengtien area of Jhubei City (竹北). After circling the area for more than three hours, she spotted the Fengtien police office and went in to ask for help, the police said.

However, Sammey did not have her friend’s address or telephone number, but managed to convey to the police in a mixture of Mandarin and English that there was a temple near her friend’s home that had a Mickey Mouse figure on the roof.

The Fengtien area is home to almost 60 temples, but the officer on duty, Tseng Chien-chiao (曾建僑), thought a few of the temples might correspond with Sammey’s description.

He spent almost an hour taking Sammey to those temples, before she recognized the area around her friend’s home.

Tseng said that Sammey had apparently taken the ribbon floating atop the figure of Muzha, the second brother of Nezha (哪吒, also known as the Third Prince) as ears and thought the figure on top of the temple was Mickey Mouse.

Jhubei Precinct Chief Hsu Feng-tung (許豐統) said that when Tseng escorted Sammey to her friend’s home, he did not give her his name, as he was just doing his job. However, Sammey was so thankful for his assistance that she returned to Fengtien police office before leaving Taiwan, hoping to thank Tseng personally for his aid, Hsu said.

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