Chinese Crowds Scramble for Free Potted Plants in Guangdong

Citizens are fighting for positions in hope of getting potted flowers as soon as possible.

From NetEase:

Guangdong Jiangmen Offers City Flowers for Free, Crowds Pushed Down Railings to Plunder

November 16 morning, Jiangmen City’s Bureau of Parks and Woods sent out invitations to city residents that it would be distributing 10,000 pots of city flowers, 1,000 pots of seasonal flowers, and 2,000 bags of fertilizer for potted flowers for free at the city’s Donghu Square. Several thousands of city residents gathered at Donghu Square, scrambling for the freely distributed potted flowers and plants.

[Above] City residents squeezed in lines set up by working staff, scrambling for a spot in hopes of getting the flowers sooner.

Citizens are waiting behind the rails impatiently.

City residents waiting outside the railings, looking at the 10,000 pots of azaleas in the square eagerly.

The working staffs are dispatching potted flowers to the citizens.

Working staff handing flowers to city residents outside the rails, with the city residents stretching out their arms scrambling for them.

The citizens have taken matter to their own hands.

The working staff’s distribution speed couldn’t satisfy the numerous city residents at the scene, leading the city residents to push down the railing to enter the area taking matters into their own hands.

A woman has put flowers in the stroller instead of the baby.

A woman carrying her baby on her back, vacating her stroller to carry the potted plant.

Citizen with an uprooted plant.

Some city residents abandoned the heavy pots and soil, directly uprooting the flowers to take them away.

The ground of the square has become a mess.

The 10,000 pots of azaleas to be given out were all plundered by the city residents, the grounds of the square a complete mess.

Comments from NetEase:

一只小蚊子飞啊飞 [网易广东省惠州市网友]:

It’s a mad scramble when things are free.

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:183.17.*.*: (responding to above)

In China, you must never offer anything for free, no matter what it is!

caonimachina [网易湖北省襄阳市网友]:

They have fully displayed the “whoever doesn’t take advantage is an idiot” spirit.

北邮博士 [网易北京市网友]:

There’s not much hope for this nation inside the next 100 years. I don’t know how they calculated the 62.8% Revival of the Chinese Nation figure.

[Note: The “Revival of the Chinese Nation” or “Common Mission for the Revival of the Chinese Nation” figure refers to an index created by Yang Yiyong, director of the Institute of Social Development Research at the Academy of Macroeconomic Research under China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It attempts to quantify China’s progress towards becoming a first-world nation through statistical data such as China’s Gross National Income. In 2007, the figure was at 46%. Recently, Chinese netizens were amused when the figure was cited as 62%, and soon became an internet meme, appearing in multiple previous chinaSMACK translations.]

左手派掌门人 [网易山东省烟台市网友]:

After seeing these pictures, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and India have all abandoned their costly military spending.

咔咔T这边看 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

They are all TM old grandpas and grandmas. I think young people wouldn’t go fight for these things. The development of education and information has indeed changed much of the following generation.

秋天的袜子  [网易江苏省苏州市常熟市网友]: (responding to above)

By the looks of it, next time I’m on a public bus, I’ll definitely give up my seat [to the elderly]. If I don’t and actually end up in a fight with one of them, I really don’t know if could win.

132736550 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

This is what our countrymen are like.

榆木道人 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Hehe, the intention of this event was good, and those who came should’ve been people who love plants. The actual value of these flowers isn’t high, either.

This is just how it is in our country, whether it be cabbage or flowers, as long as it doesn’t cost money, people are going to scramble for it and then think about it after. Just like in the 4th picture, they’d take it away even if they have to uproot it.

fanjing223 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

This is not the way to love and tend plants, characters need be improved.

vc09876 [网易北京市网友]:

It’s the same at the top, the middle, and the bottom. Those at the top engage in major corruption, those in the middle engage in minor corruption, and those at the bottom will take advantage of petty things as long as there’s an opportunity.

网易上海市虹口区网友 ip:222.64.*.*:

This demographic of 60-70 year olds are without a doubt the demographic with the worst characters in present-day China. Nothing can be done about it. When they were young, they didn’t go to school, only participating in [revolutionary/ideological] movements, so what character is there to speak of?

玉人小子 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Just look at the indifferent and greedy expressions on these old men and women’s faces you’ll know what kind of next generation they will bring up.

LYH14H08 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

As someone from Jiangmen, I am ashamed!

网易广东省东莞市手机网友 ip:113.114.*.*:

Most of the people there are middle-aged or old, because they aren’t at work. And their youth happened to be at the time of the Cultural Revolution. Their way of thinking were formed during that time, and it was at that time that the good and fine traditions of the Chinese people were destroyed.

What are some things that your grandparents and the older generations think or do that you find disagreeable?

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  • vincent

    It’s free fuck reason and logic lets all go crazy!

    • Gay Azn Boi

      Exactly!

    • Elijah

      I for one am shocked to see the scowling battle-axe aunties. They’re normally so cheerful and would never elbow and shove their way to the front of the line or rush to grab a seat or get in the elevator first, they always wait until everyone has exited already. Best of all, they’re always so quiet and unassuming with impeccable fashion and a generous to a fault.

      I’m calling a fake on this story. ESPECIALLY since it’s in china, they learn how to line up as children and NEVER forget. Which one of you imperialistic running dogs forged this hurt the feelings of the chinese people?

      • mr.wiener

        Elijah. how hangeth the hammer man? How did the move to Canada go?

        • Elijah

          Back in Ottawa doing ok. Job market is a bit unstable, but I’m making do. Looking at translating jobs and/or something commodity related. Doing the immigration dance for Canney’s Maple Card. Hope to return to Hong Kong cause it’s awesome. Hoping not to return to china unless I have to.

          How are things with you, Brett Hunan Super-Detective, Linette, Little Wolf, the ever-annoying anon, silly ol eattot and the PuffE/Notorious/NannyHiccups/etc.? The story continues right? I’m only up to part two so far. Anymore?

          • Guest

            Hope to return to Hong Kong cause it’s awesome. Hoping not to return to china unless I have to.

            Code for on welfare and living with your wife in your mums spare room. Tenner says you’ll be back in the SAR begging and grovelling on your knees!

          • Guest

            I knew you would find no work there, its nice to be proven right.

          • Elijah

            I’m sure someone still feels proud of you.

  • mr.wiener

    Ye gods. What won’t people mob to get , turnips? rocks? I was thinking they wouldn’t go nuts for free bags of shite except they were giving away free bags of fertalizer. Hope it wasn’t amonnium nitrate.

    • Some years ago I was Santa Claus for a Xmas party and they gave me a big sack of cheap shit from Yiwu to pass out to the guests. Keychains, buttons, and assorted crap that cost no more than 5 mao each. I was lucky to escape with my life. And these were like….Chinese yuppies and their kids, not peasants. I will never forget that crazed look in their eyes as if their lives depended on acquiring some of these “GOLD NUGGETS!” They were climbing and pulling on me and screaming in my face. I finally just tossed the whole bag up in the air and watched them scramble and pounce until every piece of treasure was gone(about 5 seconds) and windmilled my elbows through the crowd to escape into another room, slammed and locked the door and proceeded to lick my wounds. Soon, the boss lady knocked on the door. I let her in and words poured out of my mouth at extreme volume.
      Me: “WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED OUT THERE?!!!!” and “WHAT THE FUCK……IS WRONG WITH THESE FUCKING PEOPLE?!!!!
      She: (meekly) “don’t be angry”
      Me: ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!
      She: Can you take these out on the street to give to some children? (handing me a big jar of…..I don’t know what to call them…Christmas stars on a peppermint stick?)
      Me: ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!!!!!!
      After I calmed down she managed to persuade me to take the Xmas sticks outside to give out to random kids on the street.(after all, it was Christmas) I squeezed into the elevator and there was a cute kid in there and I handed her a Xmas stick. Suddenly hands came out of nowhere yanking the sticks from the jar. They were all gone before the elevator even got to the lobby(about 50 sticks) I was already drained from the previous ordeal and unable to utter a word. I went back upstairs and tore that stupid fucking Santa suit off and grabbed my coat, grabbed a taxi to my hotel room and cried in the shower.
      I wasn’t invited to their party the following year but at least now I have a nice story to tell my grand-kids(if I have any) on Christmas Eve.
      MERRY CHRISTMAS MOTHERFUCKERS! STAY CLASSY CHINA!

      Speaking of classy….wiener did you see the cryptic message on my avatar?(hint: check out my ass)

      • Terrik

        It’s such a joyful season.

        • haha….shit man, I can’t even think of all the joyful things about Christmas anymore. It will always be tarnished by the “One where I was Santa” :(
          There must be a way I can spin it into some cash, but who would I sue?

          • mr.wiener

            Sue the people’s republic for destroying your inner child. Settle for damages, fire extinguishers for all Tibetans and naked pictures of Guo Meimei crying.
            Looked more closely at you avatar’s arse than I’m comfortable with. Is that the union Jack?

          • No, that’s a San Diego Chargers jersey.(Raiders suck this year)
            I’m gonna make you work to read the message, wiener. Maybe you need a magnifying glass.
            Maybe I can sue China and get paid to tell my sob story on Good Morning America. China will counter-sue for hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.

          • s3pp0

            For a second there I thought you were a whinging pom. That would have been better than being a fucktard seppo. I feel sorry for you now

          • S3pp0

            ha ha haa…the time you proved your femininity will not stand up in any court :-D

      • Jahar

        I had a similar experience, but it was a bag of CDs and booklets promoting my english school. they mobbed me. I think even if it was free scorpions they would still be grabbing like that. I read a post once and a taiwanese poster said they act like refugees. I think refugees would be embarrassed by this behavior

        • Jahar, after that Xmas ordeal I’m not sure if I was ashamed OF those people or ashamed FOR them. As I said….these were educated people, not old people or peasants. They caught me by surprise and their desperation was disturbing. It was as if the room was on fire and I was blocking the exit.

          • Jahar

            I was dressed up as santa doing this too. Can’t say they weren’t peasants though. It reminded me of what it would have been like when they were handing out rations during the great leap forward.

          • DrHungLow

            They are all peasants, just because they may have a bit of money the mentality is still there

      • BigCAD

        Should see what happens when the yuppie parents are asked to contribute one item to the sack for distribution at the end of the evening, obviously never got the memo about the spirit of giving.

        • mr.wiener

          Secret santa don’t work in asia.
          Mind you I do remember to my own shame as a little kid forgetting to bring a present along for the secret santa thing at school one year. I wrapped some dirty old pencils up in a discarded piece of wrapping paper and chucked it under the tree.
          Walked away triumphant but guilty.

          • lonetrey / Dan

            That’s horrible! >:[

          • mr.wiener

            A dick move admittedly. Not proud of it looking back.

          • Sheppoh

            That’s a seppo move.

        • Sheppoh

          You should see what happens when a middle class seppo is not even asked to contribute to the Christmas of their Chistian gardeners/handymen from Mexico. Same religion, same holiday….no hay manera de puta.

          Stones? Glass House?

          • sheppoh

            Edit:
            You should see what happens when a middle class seppo is not even asked
            to contribute to the Christmas of their Christian gardeners/handymen from
            Mexico. Same religion, same holiday….no hay manera de puta

          • mr.wiener

            More sense less booze needed while typing methinks.

      • s3pp0

        That is hilarious! A grown man with absolutely no presence or authority over children.

        You must me the weaseliest-looking (sic) whitey. Man up, grow some balls, stay calm, show some authority when required….fag

        • mr.wiener

          Always interesting to see a fella having a three sided conversation with himself.
          I’ll just cross to the other side of the road I think.

        • Aww man, are you still butt-hurt because I didn’t want to have a pint with you? And here I thought we were gonna be BFF besties and go on fishing trips and you could be my wingman for scoring chicks and we could wear matching gold bracelets that say “Bros Always” and when we get old we can be like those 2 old guys on The Muppets.
          I’m very disappointed :(

          • mr.wiener

            Wow, how do I get groupies too?

          • Shiiiiiiaaaaatt wiener…you already know I’m your biggest fan.

  • bprichard

    This is preposterous, but I’m looking forward to reading news about the US Black Friday carnage to come, which will once again make me realize that people everywhere are insane.

    • Seppo

      The insanity is fighting to give away your (borrowed) money for trinkets. I think USA wins this one.

      I have more than everything, but I would still join a crowd for some sort of free stuff, not because I want it, but just because the interest of the person in front of me stimulates my interest. Mob mentality is like a well mixed nitrate

  • Patrick Gallik

    I take the metro everyday in Belgium Brussels and there are one set of stairs once you come out which everyone (almost) has to take. And the whole thing is flawless. Its like there is a symbioses between people, a natural harmony. Everyone going by the same pace letting people join in from the side or where ever. Its also efficient when you think about it.

    This is what the chinese people should also learn, and they might over time. It seems to me chinese people are agitated inside. They are afraid of not making it(what ever making it means), its imbedded in their psyche and it comes out in such situations. Perhaps because they had to fight for what was rightfully theirs all their lives in all their history. And they developed in this agressive manner as an evolutionary trait.

    Europeans have had more stability in their communities in the last hundred years and perhaps because of this security people are patient and less afraid of not surviving. The blackfriday runs in America are a sign of a community de-evolving into a primitive state. But its a worse condition than the chinese because it originates from a desire of consumption a desire instilled into the american people by the coorporate world. In China one could argue it is also a desire for consumption but to me it seems to be a remnant of their painful history. A will to survive that is pushing them to act a bit like animals. This is not an insult this is reality. Animals don’t care much about community or harmony all their actions are for the sole purpose of survival. A trait developed through necessity.

    I hope the chinese people will have their own enlightenment revolution, but sadly it seems they are going to skip this part and go right into consumerism. The future does not look promising. Iv never been there so I could be talking totally out of my ass.

    • That’s an interesting theory but there’s no psychology in play here so don’t go making excuses for them. It’s just a simple lack of manners. My dogs are all about survival instinct but don’t pounce all over each other when I give them snacks. Even they can sense that they’ll get their treat soon enough and there’s 1 for each of them. I never had to train them for it.
      And “Black Friday” is any regular shopping day here. Don’t believe the hype, it’s not that bad.

    • To add, Patrick, I should again refer people to the movie “Baraka” where they show an overhead view of pedestrian traffic in Tokyo in fast-motion. Red light turns green and it’s like a precision drill team only not rehearsed. Amazing. You won’t see anything like that here for a long time.

      • Sheppoh

        Little Wolf…more like Little Mind.

        In China I see ~1.3 people moving forward like a precision drill team, only not rehearsed.

        Yes there are some issues on the micro scale; persistent criticism from internal Chinese citizens will address these issues, in turn benefiting the macro scale China

        • Sheppoh

          Edit: ~1.3 billion.

          • Snicker

            edit: ~1.5 billion

          • mr.wiener

            If you listen carefully you’ll hear the absolute indifference……………………………………………..There it is!

    • ASDF

      Start handing out free Macbooks at the end of those stairs and your flawless symbiotic natural harmony will turn into a zombie apocalypse.

      • Red Scarf

        Goodness knows that would had happen if they started handing out these plants in the subway. Or given if they handed out Macbooks instead. I don’t think you can compare low end products with high-end products. A better example are the mad boxing day sales in Oxford street, but even so the rampaging is more organised.

        • ASDF

          I don’t think you can compare poor people with rich people

          • Red Scarf

            I also don’t think you can compare the handing out of macbooks to the handing out of plants.

          • ASDF

            You cannot compare either of those things separately i agree, but you can compare “the handing out of macbooks” to rich people with “the handing out of plants” to poor people.

    • ScottLoar

      Patrick Gallik is yet another European commenting on savage America, but conveniently ignoring popular activities like American sports events where thousands, tens of thousands of people, come, enjoy the game, and leave in peace. Then compare that to European football matches before, during and after the game.

      America devolving into a primitive state? US Presidential election is over and a peaceful transfer without riots, people in the streets battling police or flooding town squares in protest.

      People in the US like animals not caring about community or harmony? Say, do you really live in Europe? And, would you care to compare the homicide rate among white Americans to – well, your choice: Canada? Scotland?

      Yes, you are “talking totally out of (your) ass”.

  • “A woman carrying her baby on her back, vacating her stroller to carry the potted plant.”

    Hey. Let the baby carry the bread (or whatever it is), put her on my back and put the dirty plant in the stroller. In the picture it even seems like she is running. Better run away, or anyone will take my 3RMB plant away.

    I just wonder, how greedy you can be. These are just ordinary plants you can buy for about 50cent to 1€ here in Germany.
    And I also wonder why the police can not just put some kind of order into this. Just form a line with the fences and then act like “first come, first serve”.
    And what exactly is the point of the action besides spending some taxpayers money? Do they think if they distribute some azaleas suddenly the whole city will look colorful and beautiful? I do not really get the idea behind this.

    • MrT

      yea but Germany a long way to go from here just for some plants, you know?

      • lonetrey / Dan

        lolol but I think his point is “why are people freaking out over _cheap_ plants?”

    • ASDF

      They’re just deprived as shit. They wouldn’t bother with worthless plants if they possessed the material wealth of an average German.

    • Kevin, there was a guy got stabbed here in Hangzhou for cutting in line for a free box of milk that normally cost 1 kuai. Wow….SCORE!

  • 长颈鹿同学

    When I was a student at one of China’s key universities, the university organized a cultural festival, a kind of mini-expo to give the foreign students a chance to show the best of their country. To promote our country, me and a friend of mine hung big pictures of famous people and landscapes on the wall. We also gave away chocolate and cookies, two specialties my country is known for. As soon as the crowd was allowed to enter the expo, teachers and students started plundering our stand. The only thing we could do was to improvise a quiz about the pictures so they would at least take a look at them. Only winners were allowed to take away a piece of chocolate and a cookie. I learnt my lesson that day.

    • MrT

      what was the lesson?

      • 长颈鹿同学

        Chinese like chocolate and cookies.

        • Yeah, if I were truly a wicked man I could have alot of fun here with a free cookie in my pants.

        • Super Bunny

          i do not like chocolate and cookies,i like cake and chips and yoghourt and icecream.

          • mr.wiener

            health nut hmm?

        • sepp0

          At least you won’t get shot, or have some nigger eat your face in China

      • Jahar

        Lesson: don’t offer free shit in China

      • Sheppoh

        You complain about teachers pwning your stand while your seppo friends are murdering thousands of civilians around the world??
        Are you retarded?

  • mr.wiener

    What is that, the union jack?

    • ASDF

      The two phenomena do not conflict. Whether or not someone acts like a locust is determined by his wealth as an individual. Economic and Military power is determined by the collective wealth of everyone in the nation combined. You can have an entire nation of rich educated people with good manners and high social standing. But if it has a population of just 100 people, then the power of that nation is still pathetic.

  • Alphy

    Alright I gave in and made a profile. Hmm didn’t know I posted so much in the past.

    Anyways, as many have wrote before, do not attempt to give out free stuff in China. It is hazardous to your health. It was kinda funny, yesterday I baked a Turkey and brought it to work. Thinking oh its like 18lb, its going to feed like 12 people easily, if people just try it it should last everyone. Well no, I put it on the table, people freaked out as many have never tasted turkey. There was some order being in a work place, and I am watching, but my god, the turkey was gone in like 10 min! No stuffing left, no gravy. It was just GONE, and many whom went to lunch early haven’t even had a taste.

    Anyways, it was all good and fun, but yes, people love free stuff, especially in China.

    • Kind of loose with the definition of “fun” :)

    • lonetrey / Dan

      Holy crap, that’s a little intense. At thanksgiving dinners in the past, there has been times when there would be turkey leftovers after a family of 4 plus friends had their go at it.

      also, never tasted turkey before? o.O

      • Yeah, I always wondered why turkey never took off here. They love love their chicken and duck and a turkey is more poultry to enjoy. I’ve read they even have a kind of wild turkey that is indigneous (indigenous?) in the hills of Zhejiang Province. I’d like to buy a live turkey and throw it in my boss’s office while he’s conducting a business meeting and lock the door.

    • K

      My mom had a Thanksgiving party and invited people from our church…who invited their friends. What was supposed to be a 20 people max event churned out more than 50 people. They hated the food my mom made cause it was American but ate every bite anyways.

  • MrT

    Look at the positive side of the story, this is the hot topic for the day.

    • Terrik

      I feel better already.

  • Getrealson

    Fucking Locusts! not even smiling or happy, just a feeding frenzy.

    • seppo

      Can you please stick to one IP address. I like the thrill of the chase, but you are being difficult

      • Getrealson

        I could just imagine what you would do when you found me. Yell? point your little finger? try to get the crowd involved? You are a weak little bacterial spot on the corner of a pigs mouth. in your dreams you live a great life but in reality, look out your window little pig and see the sty you live in. As I said before, you are nothing! Just another locust amongst 1.3 billion others. You climb on a pile of shit to crow and think you’re a rooster. Dirty, weak, sad and almost tragic figure you are. ARe your parents proud of the shit stain they call a child? I dont think so! but you keep posting if it makes you feel better.

  • gumiho

    All that for useless flowers? My wife won’t have a single plant anywhere on our property that can’t be used for some food purpose. She scoffs at people who only plant flowers in their yard.

  • Free shit is free shit. See what happens in the US during black friday and the scramble to save $10 on some random shit that’s still overpriced.

  • Brett

    how much you wanna bet most of those people wanted to sell the flowers and fertilizer?

    • 3ayo

      Ripping off others, I like that entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Gay Azn Boi

    Big fucking deal. If you give out stuff for free, this is what you get. Do you expect them to line up in single file? Gimme a break.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      *cough* yes. Otherwise, just don’t let them take anything. If they can’t do it properly, don’t let them have their free shit.

      • jeffli

        just how to control a crowd like that?

        • BigCAD

          Tear gas and rubber bullets.

        • lonetrey / Dan

          I think simple big metal doors would suffice. if there are none, then truck the load of plants away.

          Also, if BigCAD’s idea is necessary, tear gas and rubber bullets, though I would like to stay away from violence.

    • jeffli

      agree with G A B.
      crowd mentality can be found every where there is something for free or on sale.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    I had a good laugh at
    “秋天的袜子 [网易江苏省苏州市常熟市网友]: (responding to above):By the looks of it, next time I’m on a public bus, I’ll definitely give up my seat [to the elderly]. If I don’t and actually end up in a fight with one of them, I really don’t know if could win.”

  • ThinkBlue

    If a country ever wanted to start a war with China there would be no need to send soldiers or bomb cities. Simply hand out free guns and grenades to Chinese citizens and they will do the rest.

    • Jahar

      I usually say we could just throw iPhones at the soldiers and they will put down their guns to try to get them

    • Sheppo

      ThinkSeppo: Bombing cities; the USA way. You do realise that cities = innocent civilians.

    • Sheppo

      I wish I could bomb your face with my fists. Oh well, the next seppo I see will do

    • DrHungLow

      If a country ever wanted to invade China all they’d have to do is invade during lunchtime. It is unbelievable how they all turn to shite after they’ve had their lunch and need their nap.

  • K

    We just had Black Friday today. I live in a relatively rich area of town, which usually means that the malls don’t bother with opening early because the wealthy don’t feel the need to scramble to save a couple bucks. However, I neglected to remember that I am in a mostly Chinese part of town as well. As a result, the mall was PACKED. I dunno why but middle-aged Chinese, no matter what economic status they are, are willing to go to great lengths for anything so long as it is free. It might be due to the Communist Revolution that created a hoarding mentality or maybe it’s just cause the current government encourages greed.

    • 3ayo

      I don’t blame them. Why pay full price when you can get a discount or get it free? Just because you’ve got money doesn’t mean you want to spend it. :D

  • Potomacker

    The term for this phenomenon is kiasuism.

  • Web_of_Lies

    Don’t think this should be much of a surprise, I’m sure there is a correlation between poverty and social etiquette. Not saying all poor people are ill-mannered, heck I came from a poor family, but people well-off aren’t as desperate to get their hands on cheap goods.

  • vincent
    • seppo9

      Seppo. What do you add to socciety

      • vincent

        Ask your mom :)

  • Depends where you live I think. But I’m not quite ready to equate “Black Friday” as “de-evolving to a primitive state” or a Zombie Apocalypse over a few fist-fights. Hell, I’ve seen fights at Disneyland but it’s still the happiest place on Earth. I remember watching a whole load of women climbing over my ex-wife when they wheeled out a rack of clothes at a K-Mart and announced everything on that rack was 1 dollar for the next 10 minutes. Until I lived in China, that was the worst shopping frenzy I’d ever saw. It wouldn’t even be noteworthy here. As far as lines and waiting and being crowded, I gotta stick with my view that it’s like almost any normal day at a Chinese supermarket.

  • A 5,000 years civilization is all they have learned so far.
    What a shame.

  • BigCAD

    Did anyone ever happen to visit the Shanghai world expo, and watch as the peasants specially bussed in to boost the attendance figures, fought with one another over the nation stamps at each pavilion, total insanity. Actually arranged them in to a queue at the UK pavilion after I realised the staff had wisely abandoned it on a chain, the queue collapsed in to chaos as soon as I walked away, something about some peons stamping X number of fake passports for resale later.

  • Anon

    Locust World

    • linette lee

      These China chinese are not locusts. They are just fighting to get freebies. It’s like that in any country. I went to a car convention in uSA and they were giving out some stupid cups and people were pushing. Within few minutes everything gone. Locusts are people who are not poor but stealing and abusing gov’t benefits without paying a dime to the gov’t. These people are not stealing. So don’t call mainlanders locusts.

      • Anon

        Abusing the system means you are legally exploiting a shortcoming in the system. So Locusts are not stealing, they are getting exploiting the systems which is also a freebie.

        • linette lee

          these china people didn’t break any law. The locusts did. They lie about their income to get benefits. Or those china pregnant women lying about going to Hk for vacation instead hide somewhere and crash the HK ER to give birth and get free benefits for life time for the baby without paying a dime to hk gov’t.

  • sheppoh

    http://oddculture.com/bizarre-video/black-friday-2012-chaos-videos/
    Uncivilised morbidly obese lemmings, racing to depart with their borrowed money. Pales in comparison to OP

  • where is the news?

    just looking at the photos… the first one is just a bunch of grumpy people (there is a happy guy in the back) . But photo number three they are all smiling as they pick out what flowers they want.

  • PureEvilBlackMan

    This lends truth to the adage – “everyone loves a bargain”

  • Roose

    There are times when I’m standing in the supermarket and suddenly get the urge to shout “Did you hear that? 1% of vegetables for the next ten minutes” and watch the blood-letting! Seriously, what is it with China and free stuff? What’s the bet that the Great Leap Forward was actually a minor famine but when trucks arrived with supplies people tore each other to pieces to get at the free food.

    • ScottLoar

      Shout “1% of vegetables for the next ten minutes” in English and people won’t know what you’re talking about. Do you know what you’re talking about? Seriously, are you teaching English in China?

  • Rick

    Can’t vote, can’t own land, can’t be protected by the law, can’t have rights…

    When I hear an average citizen say “I’m proud of my country,” I usually have to wonder, “do you really think this is your country? You have as much rights here as a Philippino AiYi.”

    It’s not hating, it’s the truth. I don’t enjoy this truth, it makes me sad. When I get sad, I read ChinaSmack. Doesn’t usually help with the sad thing

    • Rick

      Oh, and in the news yesterday, look up “house highway China”, “Dr Du China” and I’m sure no one has missed the map thing.

  • Cleo

    this happens in Singapore and Hong Kong and I guess Black Friday sales in America – I think those blind bag promotions in Japan are similar and a terrible idea that hopefully will never reach China

  • Anonymoose

    Another great look at the wondrous cantonese culture. First shitting in trains and now fighting over free stuff, long live Cantonia, free and independent!

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