Benz Driver to Jaguar Driver: “Poor People are People Too!”

Chinese Mercedes Benz driver in Kunming beats up Jaguar driver.

Chinese Mercedes Benz driver in Kunming beats up Jaguar driver.

Over the past two nights, the below video of a television news report from two years ago in 2012 suddenly went viral on the Chinese internet (again). It even became the top trending hashtag yesterday on leading Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo…

On Sina Weibo:

#New Standard for Poverty#

Introduction: At around 10pm on May 26th, on the stretch of road near the newly built cinema in Kunming, a fight broke out between [drivers of] a Jaguar and a Mercedes-Benz over a small matter, with the Jaguar driving against traffic [or on the opposite side of the street] in front of the Benz forcing it to stop. The Jaguar driver used his hand and heavily smacked the Benz’s hood resulting in him coming to blows with the driver of the Benz. The male Benz driver simultaneously beat and angrily yelled [at the Jaguar driver]: “So you think you can do whatever you want just because you’re rich? Did your parents never teach you that poor people are people too?!”


Comments from Sina Weibo:


How did a positive news story become a negative one?! The Jaguar was behind the Benz and brushed a pedestrian when overtaking. The Benz driver couldn’t stand for this so he flashed his high-beams at the Jaguar, only for the Jaguar driver to be unhappy about it and force the Benz to a stop thinking he would teach the Benz driver a lesson. In the end, the three pathetic people couldn’t win against a single person. (The Benz driver yelling that line was to speak on out behalf of the pedestrian.) For a promising young man [the Benz driver] to be described by the writer [or newscaster] like that, I’m speechless.


The highlight is the Jaguar driver’s friend in the Porsche seeing the Benz driver winning one against three, and then fleeing by driving away…


I’ve always thought I was poor. It was only when I saw this piece of news that I realized, fuck, I don’t even have enough qualifications to be poor…


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Turns out people driving Benzes are also poor people. As someone who finally learns the truth, tears silently fall down my face.


The Jaguar driver is the car’s owner while the Benz driver is just a driver [a hired driver]. If this isn’t the reason, I don’t plan on living anymore.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


I’ve always considered myself a poor person, but now I’m not so sure anymore, and am beginning to think I am not a person.


[a copy and paste of the same comment by 艹一由八冈刂 above]


So are those of us who don’t even know which is more expensive, a Jaguar or a Benz, not even considered people at all?


These poor cunts are so niubi [arrogant] just because they’re driving cars costing hundreds of thousands to millions [of RMB]. When I go out, I’m always riding public transportation that costs hundreds of millions, but do you see me making a big deal? Ugh, it’s just that my driver is too warmhearted, picking up people whenever he sees them, so it’s a bit crowded.


Fuck, if you don’t drive a Ferrari, you don’t even have the standing to intervene here. [生病][生病]


This news should be spread to Taiwan, so they will understand the true situation in China[奥特曼] [refers to Taiwanese talk shows discussing how mainland people are so poor they can’t even afford tea eggs]


There are only five types of men. Tall, rich, and handsome; short, rich, and handsome; tall, rich, and ugly; short, rich and ugly; and beasts.


The reason is because that Jaguar driver had yelled at a man riding a bicycle on the side of the road. The Benz driver spoke up in defense of the bicyclist and that’s why the Jaguar driver got in his face! That’s why the Benz driver said what he said!


The Benz driver is really smart, having viciously beat the Jaguar driver and simultaneously occupied the moral high ground in public opinion. [哈哈]

In addition to comments explaining what happened to correct the humorous notion of a Benz driver being considered “poor”, many other comments laugh at the Jaguar driver starting the fight only to be thoroughly beaten along with his friends by the single angry Benz driver.

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Because the report mentions the incident occurred on May 26th, quite a few Chinese netizens and media mistakenly thought it was a recent incident because they did not notice the upload date of the original video on Youku. One example is this article on QQ that was eventually deleted.

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.

  • Insomnicide

    So what does that make BMW drivers?

    • hess

      Pizza bakers (swedish stereotype).

    • Free Man

      BMW = Big Money Waste

      That being said, BMW builds nice cars. I got only a Renault Koleos, because I couldn’t afford the BMW X3.

      • Markus Peg

        BMW = Bié mō wǒ 别摸我 (Don’t touch me).

    • Mighty曹

      Taxi drivers.

    • mr.wiener

      …The kind of people I avoid on my bicycle. Wealthy and with attitude, they don’t care so much about their paintwork that they won’t force you off the road.

      • carmouflagger

        Don’t you mean Audi drivers?

  • christina

    Dang. I’ve only got a lexus so I must be living in poverty.

    Kudos to the benz driver for sticking up for the “poor people” though.
    We need more like him in China.

    I hate when people think money gives them the right to discard social mores and behave like animals.

    • Mighty曹

      Unless you drive a LS. Make that the F Sport.

      • carmouflagger

        She drives an LFA! *drools*

        • Mighty曹

          Last week I was shopping for a new car at the local Toyota dealer, who had one on display. I joking asked “Let me have a test drive”. The salesperson says, “I’ve only sat in it once.”. LOL!!! I took some pics though.

    • Stefan

      But Lexus is a luxury car in line with BMW, Audi, and Benz

      • bprichard

        Yup, solid humblebrag.

        • christina

          it wasn’t a humblebrag it was a wry allusion to the misinterpretation by netizens who thought the benz driver had implied only poor people drive mercedes.

      • Zappa Frank

        Sometime even better.. Lexus is probably the best in some aspects.. But as brand apparently has less appeal.

        • Kai

          They’ve really done well in the US. I remember when the brand was first launched and were shanzhai versions of Benzes. They’ve come a long way. Not liking the design direction currently though.

          • Zappa Frank

            In Europe is not common to see a lexus, usually the premium band is monopolized by germans, Mercedes, BMW, Audi.. some like Infiniti are almost absent and in general all Japanese models do good only among city cars or suv. Some cars like Golf completely dominate their sector of market for decades.

          • hess

            German luxury cars dominate since they’re cheaper than their non-European counterparts here.

          • Zappa Frank

            sincerelly now i don’t have price list, but i do not remember to be that cheaper, also because german cars make you pay a lot every accessory that is usually included in japanese cars

      • hess

        I’d say that a Lexus is better than (even though i got a MINI countryman…) BMW, Audi and Mercedes.That said I’m thinking about a Volvo V60 as my next car since a naked Volvo costs as much as the others but the extra equipment is way cheaper.

        • Kai


    • Brett

      Just a Toyota with an “L” slapped on it.

      • Zappa Frank

        than audi is just a Volkswagen with an A

        • Brett

          Now you’ve got it!

          • Zappa Frank

            even worse for alfa romeo that is a fiat with an alfa.. so sad.

          • mr.wiener

            Yo Brett ,how’s the ruglet and the missus?

          • Brett

            Hey wiener. All are as good as can be. Fitting to get out of here and find a country with some clean air soon. The little one has had a runny nose for about…… 19 months now….

          • My peke had red eyes every friggin day and sneezed like a train. Within a 2 months of being in Australia his eyes are clear and bright and he no longer snores so much either. I can never go back to Beijing. God knows how I managed 10 years there in the first place.

        • donscarletti

          I would say that Bugatti is a Volkswagen with a weird backwards E + B on it and Ferrari is a Fiat with a horse.

          Also, Audi logo is 4 interlocking rings, not an A.

          • Zappa Frank

            Actually while Audi cars comes from Volkswagen cars with few modifications (audi A1 is a Volkswagen polo, and so on, obviously the R8 has no equivalent in Volkswagen), the new Bentley projected under Volkswagen even, if I remember correctly, share quite a lot with the Volkswagen paethon.
            Ferrari and Fiat do not have any relation or exchange of technology, do not share anything at all except the ownership. I don’t know about Bugatti, but considering the level I think may be the same. True about the logo

          • WFH

            next you’re going to tell me my Range Rover is nothing but a Tata Nano…..

          • Zappa Frank

            tata nano is the top

          • Ruaraidh

            Under the bodywork it’s nothing but three Tata Nanos tied together.

          • Audi is actually Auto Union and been owned by VW for 30+ years…. and are not rebranded VW’s, just like Lambo’s are not rebadged Audi’s either.

          • Zappa Frank

            Form Audi a1 to a8 they have the same engine and chassis of Volkswagen models, they just better refined and usually come first with new solution, but definitely are not separately projected models.
            Lamborghini is still made in Emilia, but even that one share really a lot with Audi r8

      • donscarletti

        Toyota’s luxury and sport models have always been pretty good. Crown, Celica, Soarer, Century have all compared pretty well to the German makes, going back long before the Lexus division was created.

        Lexus is just a product of Toyota entering the North American market specifically from the bottom end. It doesn’t mean that Toyota suddenly started making luxury/performance cars in the 90s or that there was ever anything wrong with paying roughly the same for a Toyota as a BMW.

        Anyway, I drive a Toyota Crown, which is a Lexus GS with a boxier nose. It feels mostly like an Mercedes E class or a BMW 5 series, lovely to sit in, lovely to drive but a bitch to park. If it was my choice and my money, I would have bought a C class or 3 series, which are easier to park, feel like your going faster and are the same price as the crown (way less than crown sized fatass cars of their own make), but I would take a company provided Yarris over having to buy and maintain my own car, so I’m not complaining.

      • Washington Bullets

        but a very expensive “L”.

    • Markus Peg
    • Germandude

      Many people with too much money do have a poor character and the only thing they can fall back to is to show off their wealth. Most of those are very poor character wise ones the mask falls off and they are confronted with every day situations and they do realize that money can’t buy you everything.

    • Emms

      But at the same time it’s annoying when people think that being poor = automatically virtuous. Remember that Hong Kong toddler pooping incident? I see poor people letting their kids p**s and poop anywhere they want while I’ve never seen middle class and upper people let their kids do that.

  • 艹一由八冈刂’s comment will serve as a good litmus test to see who actually bothers to read the whole chinaSMACK article before commenting…

  • Mighty曹

    Sweet justice served. Regardless of the make and model of the vehicle if the driver acts liken asshole he deserves a beat down.

  • Science Patrol

    Stupid rich people.

  • bang2tang

    Having a “jaguar” considered as poor? oh my…

    Economic inequality in mainland
    “This news should be spread to Taiwan, so they will understand the true situation in China… [奥特曼] [refers to Taiwanese talk shows discussing how mainland people are so poor they can’t even afford tea eggs]”

    • galap

      Your comment should be listed with the chinese ones up top

  • Markus Peg

    LOL at the story and super LOL at the awesome comments made by Chinese netizens!

  • 5,000 years of uncivilization

    I wonder what would happen if monkeys suddenly got rich and could learn how to drive… would they act the same?

    • Mighty曹

      Planet of the Apes.

  • Raymond

    Being rich doesn’t make you special. At any moment the masses of poor people can rise up, slit your throat, take all you have. You are only protected by the law and the law is upheld by society (poor people). The poor only stand for inequality with the idea that they too can rise up and become wealthy with hard work. Best be nice to poor people.

    • Eurotrash

      If only the poor knew this.

      • Zappa Frank

        they knew, I think they call it ‘communist revolution’, it was popular last century

    • Irvin

      All you had to say was: “the meek shall inherit the world”.

  • Rick in China

    This whole story is fabricated into being a story at all. It’s ridiculous, boring, and identifies how easily people are manipulated into emotional rants or states based on nonsense.

  • christina

    social mores don’t have to be positive and differ wildly from region to region. china some some great social mores and some not so good ones… ie commenting on people’s weight (usually family members’) incessantly. In China this shows care and attention but in the west it would be considered downright rude.

  • Ryo Saeba

    Why is the Benz guy shirtless? Does that make you tougher? lol

    • Kai

      I’m not sure but I remember something about him taking it off when he got out of his car to confront the Jaguar driver. He pretty much hulked out and the Jaguar driver and his friends were totally trounced.

    • Zappa Frank

      the ac in mercedes cars is poor or he was cheap and did not wanted turn it on

    • Irvin

      He’s a bruce lee fan, and bruce lee ALWAYS takes his shirt off when he fights.

  • WFH

    those translated comments are hilarious..

  • Zappa Frank

    I think that was the point of Matt

  • Rick in China

    I think the fact the internet has dropped to a turtle’s pace around China has made the distraction from the remembrance impossible.

    25 years bitches! :D

    • Irvin

      I’m only bothered by not being able to access google. I was too lazy to get vpn until now.

  • Boris

    But you can buy and S-Class.

    • Mighty曹

      Good one!

  • Ryo Saeba

    If you think about it, most men “bought” their wives one way or another. Just think how much money is spent on flowers, dinners, movies, etc., etc., etc.

    • Zappa Frank

      you mean we should rent them?

  • christina

    dude… “usually family members.”
    family can get away with things nobody else can.
    also gaining weight is seen positively by the older generation as it means the kid is eating well.

  • UserID01

    Good on him to say something on behalf of the pedestrian! Small acts of kindness like this can be infectious. Just speaking up can do a lot to awaken someone’s social consciousness and maybe they’ll act positively next time.

  • ClausRasmussen

    Its so damn hot in China. It is only natural that the lid blows off from time to time

  • Yes!

    BMW = Be My whore

  • hess

    Thats deep, I’ll give you inception deep though; Volvo is a Swedish company owned by a Chinese company who makes Volvo cars in Sweden for the European market. Or; Volvo is a Swedish company owned by a Chinese company who makes Volvo cars in China for the Chinese market. Or; Volvo is a Swedish company owned by a Chinese company who makes Volvo cars in Sweden for the Chinese import market.

  • Mark

    I personally feel that almost any person in China that has a car is an idiot. But that’s just me.

    • Alex Dương

      Didn’t your parents teach you that idiots are people too?!

      • noodles76

        This website taught me that.

    • Zappa Frank

      if you go to egypt you may think that any person with a car is a killer

      • Warren Lauzon

        I think you can say the same for India (highest traffic fatality rate in the world).

  • Surfeit

    Ah, them Jaguar drivers… Can’t take them anywhere!

  • SonofSpermcube

    I try to pick fights with motorists who wrong pedestrians all the time; so this was my first thought on seeing the headline.

  • Vernon Alarcon

    y’all fight like y’all beez niggas an sheeut……

  • trololol

    Shouting, fighting, immature, disrespectful, lying, yeap. mainland china.

    • Zappa Frank

      that’s compleately different from quarreling for traffic in other coutries, where usually invite the other part to have a placid discussion in a restaurant and at most express their disappointment for the regrettable situation shaking their heads..


    None of the people are really rich in China. Lmao. Y’all know nothing. That’s why the Chinese act that way. They try so hard to act rich. Nigga is shirtless. Lmao no way those rednecks are those car owners. So retarded. And why is this even a news? That there’s somehow finally luxury car sighting in China? Lmao. Get a damn life.