A recent death of a woman at a Hong Kong McDonald's, where her body lay slumped at a table unnoticed for hours, has focused attention on the city's working poor and homeless people who spend their nights at the fast food outlet's 24-hour branches.
. A man surrounded by McDonald's cups sleeps with his belongings at night on Oct. 29.
A large number of homeless people sleeping on the street has long been a problem in Hong Kong mainly due to the city's high rents and soaring property prices.
In recent years, the opening of McDonald's 24-hour fast food restaurants all over Hong Kong have become popular alternatives for homeless people known as 'McRefugees' or 'McSleepers' to spend the night in a safer and more comfortable way than on the street.
In a statement, McDonald's Hong Kong said "we welcome all walks of life to visit our restaurants any time."
The phenomenon dates back to at least 2007 and has also been documented in Japan and mainland China. It appears to be particularly popular in Hong Kong, notorious for being one of the world's most expensive places to live.
. A group of people sleep on Oct. 30.
Homelessness is a growing problem, with the number of street sleepers tracked by the government rising to 806 this year, more than double the amount since 2007, though social welfare groups say the actual number is likely higher.
. Two men sleep with their belongings on Oct. 29.