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70-Year-Old Beijing Granny Delivers Water To Support Family

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

An old lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

From Sina:

70-year-old lady delivers water to support entire family, children and grandchildren suffer serious illnesses

70-year-old Gao Meiyun, in order to support the entire family and pay for her son and grandson’s medical care, must repeat these steps every day nearly 100 times. A 20kg bottle of water before this 37.5kg elderly person is truly too heavy. In order to support her physically handicapped son and mentally handicapped grandsom, 70-year-old Gao Meiyun alone shoulders the burden of financially supporting the entire family. To make a living, she opened a water store, becoming the well-known “Water Delivery Granny” in a neighborhood of [Beijing’s] Shijingshan District Yangzhuang Middle District. Every day, the morning and evenings are the peak hours. It doesn’t matter if it is 6 in the morning or 10 at night, no matter if it is windy or raining, as long as a customer calls, the old lady will immediately deliver the water to their door. Transporting [water] over time has caused her back to become severely hunched. The old lady has written a letter to this newspaper seeking kind-hearted peoples’ help, help to provide medical care to her son and grandson, to help them get past this difficult time. Readers who want to help can call this newspaper’s hotline at 58635863 to register, and we will quickly get in touch with you.

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

From NetEase:

70-year-old lady swindled

Summary: 70-year-old granny Gao depends on delivering bottled water to support her physically handicapped son and mentally handicapped grandson. After her circumstances were reported by the media, kind-hearted city residents donated over 100,000 yuan within three days. However, her neighbors have instead accused her of “swindling money”. With regards to this, the neighborhood district office/committee has released a statement showing that the Gao family has a monthly income of 3000 yuan, and their basic livelihood is guaranteed [they already have enough money].

An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.An old Chinese lady in her 70s delivers water in China to support her family.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易欧洲网友:

面对居民的指责,几名前来帮忙送水的网友并不理会。网友Radon认为,老太为生活奔波,每天送水是事实。儿子孙子有病也是事实。难得的是老太这么坚强。“我们献爱心,是针对事情本身,并不是针对这个人。希望能把爱心传播。”Facing resident criticism, several … Netizen Radon believes, the old lady runs around to make a living, that her delivering water is real. That her son and grandson are sick is also real. What is rare is how strong the old lady is. “Our kindness is with regards to this issue, not with regards to this person in particular. Hope this kindness can be passed on.”
Everyone knows the deal with medical insurance, and how limited use it is. How can 3000 yuan income including 2000+ yuan earned from delivering water be called swindling and cheating? It looks more like there is something fishy about this district neighborhood office/committee.

网易广东网友:

This society…I’m simply speechless…what is fake and what is real cannot be discerned.

网易湖南娄底网友:

Your efforts to support yourself have determined that you are a strong person worthy of everyone’s admiration. Hope peace and happiness for you and your family.

网易江西鹰潭网友:

I trust netizens are not stupid. Support the old lady, life is hard, stay strong!

网易火星网友:

That said, their family is not poor. It is very normal for elderly of this age to work. People’s bodies can be trained, and it is very normal for people of this age to be working in the countryside. However, delivering 100 times each day is definitely an exaggeration, and it would mean that [she makes] at least 2700 yuan per month, which in the countryside should be considered well off. Plus, everyone can image what her water delivery fee is. I think most netizens don’t even have as high an income as her family!

网易广东东莞网友:

Naked envy, the beast of the district neighborhood office is definitely not a good person.

网易广东广州网友:

Delivering 100 bottles of water in a day is indeed difficulty. If delivering one bottle takes 20 minutes, then 100 bottle would require 33 hours. I say 100 bottles a month is probably more like it.

网易江苏无锡网友:

Ai! The country [government] doesn’t do something, and when our adorable netizens donate money you guys don’t like it, fuck! A sick society!!!!!

网易浙江台州网友:

Who will supervise the media, who should shoulder the responsibility when the media’s fails in its duty?

网易四川宜宾网友:

All problems caused by money.

网易火星网友:

Would anyone envy a truly poor neighbor? The media digs up some news, and everyone leaps to express their concern? The ones who actually know the truth are still those neighbors.

Tough women. chinaSMACK personals.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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