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This Guy Casually Sat In A Starbucks During A Flood And Became A Huge Meme

Meet "Starbucks Uncle," the internet's newest hero.

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Hong Kong is currently experiencing intense flash flooding and rainstorms as the city braces for Super Typhoon Haima. At one point this week, the city was getting 70 millimeters of rain an hour.

Chinese social media has nicknamed the defiant old man as "Starbucks Uncle" and there has been unanimous agreement that he's a total badass.

Facebook: tvmosthk

"Uncle is so calm!"


BuzzFeed News has reached out to TV Most to hopefully get more information about this heroic — and most likely very stubborn — old man.

UPDATE — The BBC managed to track down the photographer behind the photo, a 23-year-old medical worker named Kristy Chan.

Chan told the BBC that she was taking photos to show her family how bad the flooding was. Then she came across the man who was seated near the entrance of the shopping center.

"Of course I didn't expect it would go viral," Chan said. She also said that Starbucks Uncle wasn't alone in the shopping center. There were apparently many people seated inside the cafe, as well.

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