Chinese-American Sues Shanghai Airport Bus Company, Wins 730k

Warning slippery sign.

Chinese warning sign, Caution Slip.

From NetEase:

Chinese-American Awarded 730k RMB After Injury from Fall at Shanghai Airport City Terminal July 10th report. Chinese-American Li Ru (pseudonym) was waiting for the shuttle bus at the Shanghai City Airport Terminal to catch her flight. As she walked over a metal plate on the ground on her way to the Airport Terminal Building, she slipped on a puddle of oil on its surface, and suffered a shattered left femur. She sued in court demanding a large sum of economic compensation from Shanghai Airport Bus Co. Ltd.

Shanghai’s Jing An Court disclosed on the 10th that it had ruled that Shanghai Airport Bus shall compensate Li Ru about 733,400 yuan for various economic losses, and separately compensate Li Ru 6386.27 yuan for notarization, authentication, and accreditation fees.

2008 August 5th morning, Li Ru arrived at the Jing An Temple Airport Terminal operated by the Shanghai Airport Bus company, and because of slipping on a slippery metal plate covered with oil, she had to be hospitalized three times. 2011 July, it was determined that the loss of movement in Li Ru’s left knee was due to this accident and that the medical after-effects were comparable to serious disability.

2011 October, past her 60s, elderly Li Ru brought her lawsuit at the court and demanded an “astronomical sum” in economic compensation, with lost wages alone amounting 85,000 USD. The Shanghai Airport Bus company argued that Li Ru herself was also at fault, that the area she was in when the accident occurred was not a waiting area, that it was a vehicle lane, and believed that she shouldn’t have entered that area, requesting that their liability be reduced.

The court ruled that the accident occurred on the Shanghai Airport Bus company’s property and it had not sealed off the area. Under its obligations to safeguard the safety of its passengers, its failure to promptly clean off the oil on the metal plate and its failure to place warning signs or a person to watch the area, it therefore is legally responsible for bearing the entire cost of compensation.

Comments from NetEase:

天地茫茫 [网易北京市网友]:

Fuck, the moment one’s nationality changes, the treatment one receives also changes…

鸟托邦 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Westerners are first-class citizens, government officials are second-class citizens, minorities are third-class citizens, while Han Chinese are fourth-class citizens. Even then, the Han Chinese are ranked based on their hukou.

mizainuo [网易澳大利亚网友]:

Ever since I got my Australian citizenship, I’ve discovered that when I return to China, any time I need to produce my passport to do something, the workers all treat me with great enthusiasm. What a friendly people! However, it makes me deeply sad that when I once had to produce my Chinese identification card to get a birth certificate, I was given a look of contempt!

失落的尘埃1 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

Sure enough, the foreign is always more valuable, what would have happened if she were a Chinese national?

cuining29 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

If it were a member of the rabble [lowly Chinese commoner], she would’ve had to collect more evidence and ultimately drop the case simply because no one saw it.

zhaoqing19780 [网易重庆市网友]:

As written on the United States passport: No matter where you are, the United States government is always behind you!

lbg224522 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Although I can’t afford an airplane ticket, if I had known that I could be compensated 730,000 yuan for being seriously injured after slipping on oil at the Shanghai Airport, I would’ve sold everything I had to go buy an airplane ticket at the Shanghai Airport, then injured myself in a slip and fall, and demand compensation…

天地茫茫 [网易北京市网友]:

Those who ding me will soon immigrate to America!

zzdwdx [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

This amount is enough to cover the deaths of a number of our countrymen.

国米铁粉 [网易广东省茂名市网友]:

A green card sure is valuable.

中立党派 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

If it were a Chinese [national] person, then she would’ve gotten nothing for the fall. The court would rule: The court believes the person injured from the fall was a healthy adult who should have had the ability to judge what was a dangerous path, so even though the path was slippery with oil, you completely could have avoided the dangerous path, and therefore the Chinese person injured in the fall must bear primary liability while the airport bears secondary liability and shall provide the injured person with an apology!


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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