Migrant Worker Drops Money, Looted by Surrounding Passersby

The migrant worker who lost his money.

From NetEase:

Migrant Worker’s Almost 20,000 Yuan in Wages Scattered & Looted by Passers-by, Only 3,000-Some Yuan Left

This afternoon [February 3], a migrant worker accidentally spilled over 10,000 yuan he was carrying with him on the ground at the intersection of Beidi Road and Xiehe Road [in Shanghai]. Seeing this, passers-by around him looted the money. In the end, this migrant worker only recovered 3,700 yuan.

At noon past 12 o’clock, when city resident Mr. Yu was walking past the intersection of Beidi Road and Xiehe Road, he saw many Renminbi [RMB] flying in the air and a group of people snatching the money in the wind at the intersection, while a man with the appearance of a migrant worker was half-kneeling, asking everyone to return the money to him. “The migrant worker was saying that this was a year’s worth of blood and sweat money.” Mr. Yu says he asked some people to give back the money, and some people did return the money to that migrant worker, but some people just took the money and left. “When some people returned the money to him, he’d sit on the ground and kowtow.”

According to witness Miss Huang, there were several dozen people looting the money, most of which were wearing the same blue stripped clothing. “In less than a minute, all the money was gone.”

As it is understood, this migrant worker was riding a scooter on his way to the bank to make a deposit, originally planning to deposit the 17,000-some yuan into the bank, but accidentally spilled the money on the street. He himself picked up 3,000 yuan with those picked up by passersby and returned to him only amounting to 700 yuan.

Comments from NetEase:

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骑驴找猪猪 [网易河南省洛阳市网友]:

They’ll [Shanghainese] say it was all looted by waidiren

网易广东省深圳市南山区网友 ip:218.18.*.*: (responding to above)

Yes, the moral characters of Shanghainese are all very high, all motherfuckers, those who looted the money must’ve been waidiren, maybe even foreigners!

江薄郎 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

I suggest all migrants workers don’t go out and work next year, and just have fun at home for a year. I bet by all of China will be in chaos. I guarantee the mayors, provincial governors, and even the central government will come out to beg you to go work. We must let them know just who are indeed the greatest [most important] people in China…

山姆猫大叔 [网易北京市朝阳区网友]:

Dare you reveal the video of the looting to the public? Let’s see which people from which area looted the most.

广东大头哥 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Humanity’s trash: The Chinese people.

小跟班买了块表 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Pathetic and shameful Shanghainese.

鄙视科比 [网易广东省广州市网友]: (responding to above)

In Shanghai, half of the population are waidiren, and you just indiscriminately accuse Shanghainese people as being bad, so you’re the one who is pathetic and shameful.

网易山东省济南市手机网友 211.137.*.*:

Shanghainese are garbage! [They’re] anti-outsiders!

fangzhengdal [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]: (responding to above)

Garbage! Anti-outsiders!

网易上海市徐汇区网友 116.232.*.*: (responding to above)

We don’t have the habit of welcoming outsiders here.

另一个中国 [网易广东省惠州市网友]: (responding to above)

You guys only have the habit of welcoming foreigners there.

丹丹天然呆 [网易上海市黄浦区网友]: (responding to above)

[You guys] like being fucked by foreigners.

小强射灰机 [网易山西省朔州市网友]: (responding to above)

Shanghainese women like black people.

19524 [网易广东省珠海市手机网友]: (responding to above)

Black bananas are so long and curved.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友 大漠孤烟:

Poor guy who lost his money. The lamentable people who looted the money, a bunch of cold-blooded animals.

腾讯广州市网友 迪风:

Hehe, a population this ugly and hypocritical, a collective where the bottom levels of society bullies each other, and yet it yells about destroying little Japan. This reminds me of the 2 elementary school students I saw while riding my bike at the park the other day, going on and on about Mercedes Benzes and BMWs. Have our country’s people been destroyed by money? I’m not a noble person, I too chase after money, but at least I don’t build my happiness upon other people’s suffering. [To live] in a [society] where one dares not help up an old person when he falls, where one can’t go “beyond the reasonable” in self-defense against the bad guys, and where all kinds of freak incidents happen, truly makes one speechless.

腾讯网友 戈壁苍狼:

And this is supposed to be the civilized and moral Shanghainese???

腾讯网友 法制记者:

Robbing the blood and sweat money of migrant workers is immoral! May those who didn’t return the money have no descendants [die out]!

腾讯厦门市网友 地球危险:

Why would he withdraw it from the bank and then go back just to deposit it again? The handling charge at most is only 50 yuan, and at least it’d be safe.

[Note: There’s another version on the internet saying that this migrant worker had just withdrawn the money from the bank instead of being on his way to deposit it.]

腾讯网友 装饰的鲜花一: (responding to above)

It’s not easy for a migrant worker to earn 50 yuan.

腾讯网友 yoyo囡囡:

Robbing his blood and sweat money… Those who use it will all get their just deserts [be punished for it]… It’s not that you won’t be punished… It’s just that the time hasn’t yet come… And when the time does come, you’ll get all that’s coming to you… Using his hard-earned money… Even if you aren’t be punished for it in this lifetime… your descendants will be punished for you… Look to the long term…

腾讯网友 一叶浮萍:

From this we can see just how noble the characters of our compatriots are.

腾讯网友 吴尚宇:

No wonder the little devils [Japanese] don’t even care about China.

腾讯邢台市网友 警察:

I wish those who looted the money won’t live through this year, but instead be dead in hell!

腾讯云浮市网友 海风:

Accidentally fell, and the money in his hand had been blown away by the wind. Even if you fall, the money wouldn’t scatter. He’s just a fool, deserved it!

An update from Sina Weibo:

@网络新闻联播: Man who Lost Money Receives 2,900 Yuan Donation, Remains at Scene Hoping for Money to be Returned: 17,600 yuan in cash scattered on the ground and blown away by the wind, with some picking it up and returning it, with others picking it up and leaving… Yesterday [February 3] afternoon, this scene that happened on a Shanghai street stirred up public discussion. On the morning of the 4th, Little Qin, the man who had lost his money, came to the scene of the incident again, hoping that the city residents who picked up his money will return it. So far, 6,600 yuan of his total 17,600 yuan has been recovered, in addition to which, he has also received 2,900 yuan in donations. (XinMin.cn)

Little Qin is waiting for his money to be returned.

Xiao Qin returned to the scene of the incident, waiting in hopes of encountering those who picked up his money.

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  • MonkeyMouth

    Wow. Feel pretty bad for the old dude. I am crossing my fingers in the hope that these netizens are being sarcastic about all that foreigner-blasting and japanese blasting. Finally learning sarcasm is a good good thing

  • patriot

    chinks and their natural way of doing things as usual. not surprising my comment will be deleted because this site is run by chinks, and chinks do not respect my first amendment rights.

    • Your founding fathers are a bunch of racist cunts who abused slaves and here you are, praising their so-called “masterpiece”; the first amendment. Ha, ‘murrica bitch, where we can shoot kids, eat Maccas, invade Iraq and be racist to other countries without consequence.

      • MonkeyMouth

        whats a macca?

        • [email protected]

          It’s Australian for McDonalds

        • diverdude7

          macaroni ?

      • Saisyet

        Do you live in the U.S.?

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Ninja please!

      • AnthonyLudovici

        Everyone is “racist”. By modern standards 99.999% of all the people who ever lived were “racist”. What was the Guangzhou massacre? Or the Tang laws against miscegenation? How are these any different?

        Human nature is the same everywhere, China was never some open and plural society.

        • dim mak

          Only white people can be racist

          It’s true, I read it on tumblr


          Agree that almost everyone is racist, including everyone on this board and myself too. It’s just a matter of degree and how we express our racist views. Basically it’s human nature to be racist. The only people who might not be racist are those mentally challenged people.

          • Kate

            So true, I can’t stand amphibian people. Ill stick to the human race, dirty fish!

          • MonkeyMouth

            we are racist because our brains naturally categorize everything. prejudice is that bad one. most of us are that, too. that goes back to tribal days. protecting out territory. i know this post is all obvious, but its 538am, and i got insomnia baaaad

      • dave

        You butt hurts?

      • Why must you insult all Americans just because patriot is an idiot?

    • [email protected]

      Why are you here if you have nothing worthwhile to say? Just to troll? Go back to Youtube please.

      Also your 1st amendment rights are only recognized in the US. This is the internet, and this site is about issues relating to the P.R.China.

    • mr.wiener

      Awwww…You’re the victim here? Somebody call him a waaambulance.

      • MonkeyMouth

        Tito, bring him a tissue!

      • carmouflagger

        I’d rather call him a vet.

    • arbb

      What does “first amendment rights” have to do with a private website?

    • omgiloverice

      The first amendment does not protect you of the consequences of saying stupid shit

    • YourSupremeCommander

      Internet tuff guy here folks, nothing to see. People who flashes the amendment card flash them because they have ZERO intelligence to say anything else.

      • MonkeyMouth

        ….and it wont be long before america repeals that amendment just like it has sooo many other rights since the 1960’s

    • lonetrey / Dan

      Hahaha, would you like some cheese with that whine? :P

    • dave

      Wow, you got a lot of bites with this obvious troll.


      Hey little buddy, I wanna ejaculate on your face.

    • dioewjoidqwj

      lots of butt hurt asians here i see. chinks are chinks. they like to insult the japs but when the tables are turned on them they cry foul and shit their pants.

      • Dr Sun

        Racist much ?

    • Dr Sun

      well this is a Chinese site, so why should they give a $hit about your rights in a foreign country ?

  • swimming with Piranha

  • [email protected]

    Utterly disgraceful.

    The comments by the Chinese also are mostly foul and extremely judgmental, and in defense of the local Shanghainese, Shanghai city IS overloaded with migrant workers, and the people who do shit like this ARE the migrants. The city which was once incredibly modern and fashionable, orderly and prosperous, is now bordering on being a gigantic slum because there are so many waidiren there, and they bring the place down. You can talk to most local Shanghai people are they don’t simply hate waidiren, they just hate what having them flood into their city is doing to Shanghai.

    I saw the transformation with my own eyes, and it was sickening to behold. Knowing many local Shanghainese, I can feel for them, (of course I do empathize with the rural folk who come to Shanghai to work also, but it is they who bring their lack of civility, and utter dereliction of social boundaries) the situation is totally out of control and the new mayor is the man responsible for Shanghai now being such a horrible, dirty, lawless and low-class city when once it was the Pearl of the orient.

    This poor guy, how many thousands more fucking years of civilization does China need before it becomes a place of order and trust?

    • MonkeyMouth

      as soon as it can maintain a generation without explosive change. a billion confused and easily led bunch.

    • Does it really matter if they are Shanghairen or waidiren? There are good and bad people of every kind.
      The problem though is, that people like “Mr. Zhou” are totally arrogant, do not wanna be called 中国人, but 上海人 (or the comment about Taijiong) and the normal people will think, that a lot of Shanghairen are like that.

      But from my working-experience, I also can say, that I more often had a bad impression of Shanghai-People. Just a little anecdote:
      We were in HK, together with another company from Shanghai. One of the bosses wanted to give us some coupons the next day for some luxury shops. On the next day, we asked for them, then he said “The people from the Shanghai-office already called me in the evening and got them.”
      Have some other experiences too. Also with Hangzhou-People, Beijing-People etc. but just judging from my experiences it seems Shanghai-people are even more materialistic than other chinese. I am generalizing of course, but thats just my experience.

      But I still think it does not make a big difference. Chinese are still Chinese. There are good ones and bad ones.

      • Geoff Xu

        “The problem though is, that people like “Mr. Zhou” are totally arrogant, do not wanna be called 中国人, but 上海人 (or the comment about Taijiong) and the normal people will think, that a lot of Shanghairen are like that.”

        Just to be facicious…The problem though is, that people like “Mr. Yu” are totally arrogant, do not wanna be called 人, but 中国人 and the normal people will think, that a lot of Zhongguoren are like that.

        Why is it acceptable to insist on definition by nation state,(an impersonal artifact) but unacceptible to do so by city which is a least a concrete and largely comprehensible entity?

        • radbab

          Becoming a shanghai citizen is like changing nationality. Living and working in Canada gets you Canadian citizenship faster than working in Shanghai gets you a Shanghai hukou.

          All the cities here are nation states. different hukou = different status and benefits.

        • dave

          “Why is it acceptable to insist on definition by nation state”

          A good question. I can’t think of a good answer as to why we should descriminate based on nationality, either.

      • [email protected]

        Mostly I was debating the Chinese posts calling out Shanghainese for hating waidiren in some arbitrary fashion, which I disagree with. Obviously the whole thing is messy and much more complicated. Plus, I am biased.

    • Anonymous of Jiangnan

      If there are really any local Shanghainese, many of them already left overseas because Shanghai has become a shitty city. Sure old buildings are being demolished and torn down, with new buildings built in its place, but overall, the city is filled with migrants from other parts of China, it’s pressuring local Shanghainese to leave China. I wouldn’t say local Shanghai people hate waidiren because most of them are descended from migrants from adjacent areas in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, like myself. Many Chinese are hypocritical and judgmental assholes who never take any responsibility for their actions, shit and piss everywhere they go, acting like animals. See those comments made by these netizens? Most of them are from Guangdong or somewhere in Northern China, both total shitholes filled with people who abuse, torture and eat cats and dogs, especially the Cantonese, they love to kill off sharks, cut off their fins and throw them back into the water just because they can’t have enough of their shark fin soup, all because of their shortsighted culture.

  • BeijingGuy

    I heard people donated – more than he had before. But he decided to donate the PLUS on his donation.. faith in humanity kinda restored!

    • Yes, he received donations more than what he originally had. There was also some controversy or suspicion about how much money he actually had and what he claimed was lost. This continued the Shanghainese vs. waidiren online arguments. However, many Chinese netizens also commented in reaction to this that no matter how much the story changes about how much money he had, it still did not change the fact that the people around him loot his money.

      • Geoff Xu

        How many people actually knew where the money came from though I wonder? Where they Albert Speers who asked no questions and thusly heard no damning answers or Kaltenbrunners who knew from whenceit came but took the money anyway?

      • mr.wiener

        Cool, thanks for the feedback.

      • DavidisDawei

        Wow – Could this be the latest street corner scam in China?
        just like the latest computer virus, smarter, more effective, harder to detect….
        Now coming to a corner near you!

    • Saisyet

      I’m happy he got his $ back and then some!

    • lonetrey / Dan

      Glad to hear there was some good-will resolution to this embarrassing situation!

    • Dr Sun

      glad he got it back

    • the ace of books

      GOOD. I’m really glad he got it back.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Oh it’s Shanghai, that makes sense. I remember visiting that place, people were very narcissistic it felt. People didn’t make eye contact, didn’t try to open a door for others, didn’t obey the traffic laws, or even excuse themselves for bumping into you. Eventually my mother got sick of it, and when a van ignored a red light and continued on when we were supposed to cross, my mother whacked the van with a stick and cussed the driver out.

    Suffice to say, a lot of folk in China haven’t quite evolved morally yet, and Shanghai seems to be the one most behind

    • hess

      “didn’t try to open a door for others, didn’t obey the traffic laws, or even excuse themselves for bumping into you. ”
      It’s like that in most of China..

    • narsfweasels

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Carry a collapsible police baton with you everywhere. Not only are most Shanghainese amoral selfish hypocrites, they’re also enormous physical cowards.

      • Chang Liu

        No you don’t need that. They back off as soon as threat of violence is suggested. It doesn’t mean they will shut up though…

    • radbab

      I got some “china smack” when I said as much :( As for overall perceived manners and friendliness there’s better places here in China. And no I don’t give a damn who actually is to blame, migrants or locals or foreigners.

      Although I notice that many people appreciate it if you hold doors open, smile at them (store clerks seem to be especially neglected when it comes to dealing with them in a friendly manner), say thank you, hello and good bye as you should.

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        I know that, I dunno, it just felt like I met better people when I was in Chongqing. Could be just me, but the point being, the actions of these people don’t surprise me. There is still a ‘me first’ attitude that really stands out amongst many that needs to be changed.

    • Your point of view is very interesting. Because from my perspective Shanghai is on the contrary the most civilized city in China were Chinese people once in a while do hold a door for you. And don’t think i’m a Shanghai fanatic…i used to hate it..that is until i spent a year and a half there and learn how it is pretty much the only city i would consider bringing up children in. Sure people there seem less friendly, but why should they be friendly? Are you friendly to everyone in the street? Perhaps you (and i’m not saying this to be mean) are used to having a lot of attention drawn to you in other cities and the contrast of Shanghai seems shocking. I think a lot of smart educated chinese people live in Shanghai, the kind of people who don’t always call you “laowai!!” and ask you if hamburgers is you national dish all the time. I might pass for an asshole saying that but after 7 years of “china experience” (i’ve only lived 3 years in China in total) i’m kinda fed up with the “friendly chinese guy” talking to you like you’re the latest addition to the local zoo.
      I now live in Chengdu and even though i like it..it is still “oppa farmer style” here and there is indeed some aspects of Shanghai that i miss….suprisingly, the people.

    • Hongwu Emperor

      Morality isnt something that evolves, neither devolves. We’re talking about respect,tradition,morality and the Rites, not Pokemon…

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        No that is still evolution. Evolution means gradual changes into different and usually more complex or better forms. Culture evolves over time as everything else does.

        American culture today is different from the culture norms 30 years ago. That culture was different from the culture 30 years before that.

        Same with just about every nation. China is also changing, but its cultural changes aren’t keeping in pace with its society.

    • Chang Liu

      Haha thats China for you. It drags you down the its level :).

  • rusty

    How much did you pick up Fauna?

  • I’m glad this doesn’t happen in Taiwan. You can lose your smartphone or wallet and chances are good, that someone will call you and return it to you.

    Taiwan is simply amazing sometimes.

    • DragonOmlette

      Japanese influence I assure you…

      • Hongwu

        what the… ¬¬” in fact getting rid of that influence is what made taiwan a noteworthy place.

      • rollin wit 9’s

        Indeed. When I told my westerner buddy that ALL of my friends in China at some point in time or another had been robbed he was shocked. He told me that in Japan, you could put your wallet down on the street, come back tomorrow and still find it in the same spot. Or if someone did pick it up you could go to the police station and with a 99% chance it will be there!

  • si

    In China, I dropped 10 grand while travelling through a road works gang on the way to pay yearly rent. The road works gang stopped me, returned the money and reminded me to be more careful (putting money in inner pockets rather than outside pockets). If this guy hasn’t had enough donated I am will to help out, it is all about creating a better karma.

    • radbab

      got a phone back in Hangzhou. Left it in a taxi. we didn’t have a fapiao nor the license plate of the cab but the dispatch called all the cabs and the guy returned the phone in 15 minutes. we wanted to give him more money but he just took money for the time it took him to get here. awesome! although I would have liked it if he had taken some more cash than the little he asked for because we were really grateful.

      • linette lee

        This happened in usa. I was walking inside a Chinese supermarket filled with people(chinese off course). I dropped $20 and the chinese workers called me. “hey girl hey girl, you dropped your money”. :)

        Another time I dropped my credit card in another Chinese supermarket and the workers called me to give it back to me.

        A guy sat next to me on a bus and his big sloppy wallet with credit cards and money sticking out fell out of his pants pocket and he didn’t know. He got off the bus and I went after him and gave it to him. I returned a camera one time to a girl she left on the bench. Other time I returned cell phones people dropped in public bathroom and parking lot. I called the numbers on the phones.

        That’s karma. whatever you do comes back to you.

        Like we polluted our ocean and hurricane brings the ocean water washing up our home with garbage we dumped in our mother ocean. “Have some garbage you dumped into me.”

        • Nope.

          And then you proceeded to go to KoreaBang and troll and stir up negativity. Good karma my ass Lee. And I doubt any of those happened you hypocrite smh.

          • linette lee

            When did I stir up anything? I only reply in a language they understand. They talk nonsense so I talk back at them with nonsense. It’s that simple. You don’t need to reason with people who don’t make sense.

          • Nooope.

            Nah, I’ll be on a article in KB, go down to check the comments, and see random crap you have posted many times saying childish crap like “hahaha korea blah blah hahahahaha” only to have the more intelligent readers run right over you. Also, nobody starts crap with you, you start it, then you just disappear when you can’t counter.

          • linette lee

            I don’t read KB anymore. I only read CS and JC and hk yahoo and articles on weiboo. What are you talking about? I say mean things because bloggers here say mean things about chinese. Calling chinese criminals, illegals, barbaric, chinese men ugly, chinese women cheap, etc……So I troll them and call them losers and ugly and ignorant. I don’t bother talking sense with people like that. Not on the blog or real life.

          • Noooooope.

            So you tell me every time you strike, you have reason to because people start right? then what about that one article on the korean politician trying to go undercover to stop corruption, and out of no where, you link an article to some plagiarism BS? nobody instigated anything, you just randomly posted it.


            found it, not even related to china.

          • linette lee

            That’s old stuff. I don’t even remember it anymore. I commented something about Joseonjok or something.
            Who are you. It’s not your business. I didn’t insult you. Not yet….. ;)

          • Yup.

            Well since you say that’s old stuff, maybe you don’t mean it anymore. I being a korean american like the chinese. I just hate people that try and start a fight between the two.

          • linette lee

            Okay, I talk nasty about korea when they talk nasty about china, but I don’t hate you. I don’t know you.

          • asdf

            linette lee, you’re a dumb bitch, I seriously am disappointed that you’re asian. Fucking dumb chink

          • tif

            Lee, why are you so f–king stupid? Do something better with your life than trolling you fat whore. You’re probably on the computer trolling because you’re a fat piece of shit that no guy would ever dream of dating. Loser cunt <3

          • jun_taka

            Another ignorant chinese, looool. This is why the world hates your kind

          • Hongwu Emperor

            Typical racist attitude in the internet: detected.

            Chinese person say something not all agree = who disagree hastily proceed to call him names and debase him AND his ethnicity.

      • Average Zhou

        Also left a phone in a cab. I called it and the driver came after his shift with his wife and baby in the car and dropped it off, didnt want any money. I gave him 100 (phone was only 200 when it was new, i just needed the SIM card). I really appreciated that he had a good heart about it. Every time i do get disgusted by 99 terrible acts, there is, thankfully that 1 kind act which saves my faith and keeps me from going totally over the edge.

    • the ace of books

      Good on those guys.

  • narsfweasels

    This is old news, but it’s good to hear he got the money back eventually.

    However, it’s the exception not the rule.

    Yesterday, I caught a pickpocket on Changping Road in Shanghai: he had just “gone fishing” in this teenage girls pocket and grabbed her phone – he was about to pass it off to an accomplice when I tackled him. I pushed him up against a barrier and demanded he give the phone back, which he did. I yelled at the girl to call the police and she just stood there like an idiot. Meanwhile, his accomplice got behind me and smacked me with an umbrella.

    Off they ran, me in pursuit, yelling “THIEF!” in Chinese. They must have gone past ten or more large men who could have intervened, but not a single one bothered. Not one. I couldn’t keep up and lost them somewhere near Shaanxi Bei Lu. When I returned to the scene, the girl had disappeared and a lot of people, who had just let the thieves run were saying “You should call the police!”.

    Thanks for your help guys, job well done. I’ve got a bruise on the back of my head, and you guys have got a nice, happy, uninvolved New Year.

    Well. Done.

    • x1sfg

      Seems China is a lot like NYC or Chicago in that regard.

    • “you should call the police” I almost got my eletric bike stolen in 川大 while playing football. The guy forced the keyhole and fecked it up so i couldn’t put my own key in. It was getting dark and i was kinda far from home so somebody told me to call the police and i did and explained the problem (my chinese isn’t too bad)…” okay we’re coming!” 30 minutes later the police arrived, looked at me and said “you should take it to a garage to get it fixed” ….very useful

      • narsfweasels

        The general attitude of the police here is “why are you bothering me?”

        • And i was lucky….they don’t bother coming if it’s a Chinese person calling them

          • Chang Liu

            This is BS. In Beijing near Houhai. I was setup by a bunch of thugs trying to extort money off me and my friends, we got into a fight and police came and was very diligent in resolving the issue. At no point did I make it known that I grew up in London. In Shanghai I had my wallet stolen and had to make a report and the police very polite and sympathetic. Same can’t be said of my experience in London where I was parking my bike so I rode onto the pavement and jumped off to lock and there was nobody around except 1 police officer who promptly shouted abuse and ran over and shoved me.
            Stop making pathetic generalisation. You are being casually racist.

      • did you want them to fix your in-your-possesion motorbike? You should have taken it to a garage!

        • The thing is…i couldn’t turn the bike on, it’s quite heavy and the front wheel was locked (and you can only unlock it with the key)
          See the problem?

          • Ryo

            Yes. The problem was YOUR problem. Not the police, or anyone else for that matter. You need a mechanic to fix the lock. Not the police. If you wanted the bike moved, hire someone to move it. I’m very curious want you wanted the police to do for you.

      • Red Scarf

        My experience trying to report a crime as a foreigner is almost comical.
        Greatest piece of advice after a “friend” stole from me, was, and this
        was like 1 hour after I had to travel to a “special” police station that could
        take a statement from me was, “well you should phone your friend and
        talk about your goods being return”.

        Mean while my Chinese flatmate, who had some internet abuse on some QQ site with a registered user with only her name being put on some porn pictures, reported it, they phoned up the police station nearest the guy who then sent two officers around to to warn him.

        I guess at the end of the day its just luck if anything good or bad happens when you need honestly to happen.

      • Ryo

        So what? You thought the police would help fix your bike?

      • Chang Liu

        really? Did you expect him to get on his hands and knees to fix it for you there and then, give you a blow job while he is at it?

    • DavidisDawei

      Good thing it was an umbrella and not a meat cleaver or Scimitar;
      “Hassan Chop!”

    • Anon992

      The classic China conundrum… do you help and get this kind of experience or do you cynically stand back in future… just like the Chinese do?

      Having said that, in UK I tried to help out a girl getting beaten by her boyfriend. No one helped and the girl I was trying to help ended up taking off her high heels to beat me around the head.

      Moral of the story… good Samaritan acts should always be measured, wherever you are. And then, times by 100 in a country like China with its farcical legal system that from roots up breeds a corrupt and un-trusting society..

      • Chang Liu

        Dude seriously it is NOT the legal ruling that made people uncaring. Anywhere where people are uprooted form their community they become apathetic. It is the by-product of Industrialisation and capitalist free labour market. People will get better at dealing with it.

        • Anon992

          “Anywhere where people are uprooted form their community they become apathetic.”

          You write this having JUST read a story about a person helping out in a foreign community, not his own. You have begun your claim with a direct contradiction.

          Do you have any evidence or examples to support it?

          Chinese people are often told by their elders not to help people in trouble as it could be a trick. This surely relates to a combination of a desperately poor people and a legal system that potential samaritans cannot trust to support them. There is the much cited Nanjing ruling which resulted in a Samaritan being penalised. It’s also often non immigrant locals who have told me this.

          I see your point but you have not made it very convincing.

          • Chang Liu

            Because this happened everywhere there have been industrialisation and urbanisation?…

          • Chang Liu

            The Nanjing ruling just made apathetic behaviour more excusable. This has been going on for quite sometime. People behave differently towards what they consider ‘in-group’ and ‘out-group’. Free labor movement = being in an environment where most people are considered ‘out group’ = apathy. I remember China when I was a kid at the turn of market liberalisation.

      • Hongwu Emperor

        industrialization = crap

    • Chang Liu

      Dude this shit happens in big metropolitan cities everywhere. Where are you from, small town US? I stayed in London for 20 years and heard numerous cases of muggins and not once did I hear passerby intervine the once I did hear about ended being stabbed, so don’t give this BS about ‘you people’.

      • narsfweasels

        Heard about them, did you? friend of a friend, was it? Read it in a newspaper on a warm summer afternoon? Did you see it with your own eyes?

        Because I did. And do you know what? I was prepared to risk my life.

        • Chang Liu

          Actually yes they are close friends. One got hit on the head on a train with a rolled up newspaper Madrid and had her bag grabbed there was a platform full of people and nobody intervened. The other dude was mugged in open daylight by a gang of kids in a busy underpass with lots of witnesses.
          Difference is I am intelligent enough to NOT make generalisation about the whole country based on 1 event. Because that would be RACIST of me.
          This is SO Pathetic. You know in China foreigners are relatively safe, try that in Rio or Harlem see if you just end up being hit with an umbrella. You know what? I bet you won’t try to pull your heroics somewhere there might actually be dangerous. You know why passerby don’t intervene? They know they run a higher risk of being stabbed than you. Sad but true,

          • narsfweasels

            “Difference is that I am intelligent enough to NOT make generalisation …Because that would be RACIST of me”

            So your comment:

            “Hey lay off the Brits. They have a long esteemed history of public school abuse which translates to sexual perversion in later life.”

            Was what exactly?

          • Chang Liu

            That my friend was a joke…. or did you assume Chinese people can’t do sarcasm?

          • narsfweasels

            Sarcasm, orgasms and deeds aimed towards the public good.

          • Chang Liu

            The girl you are supposed to be helping clearly didn’t think so. Why would she have left?

          • narsfweasels

            I have no idea. Was it perhaps because Chinese people are ungrateful and spineless cowards? /sarcasmreadforcontext

          • Chang Liu

            Pulling heroics where there are little to no consequences is just sad.

    • Jing Li

      A few years ago, I was in Shanghai visiting some family. I decided to get a bite to eat at KFC so I through on my uncle’s overcoat, grabbed 30 off the table and headed out. After walking down the street about 10 minutes, this old woman comes up and tells me that my money was stolen. She witnessed the whole thing. I looked around to see if I could spot the weasel that would take such a risk over lunch money, and saw nothing.

      I asked, “Where did he go?”

      “Oh, he’s too far away now,” she said. “It was about five minutes ago.”

      “A second ass or you,” I responded. “I don’t know which is more useful.”

  • diverdude7

    Confusedus says – ‘he who drops purse while riding scooter see’s money fly ~’

    • DavidisDawei

      HaHa – Good One
      My Favorite is
      “He who fart in church, sit in own pew”

      • carmouflagger

        “A man with an erection walking sideways through a door is going to Bangkok” get it? BangKok? :D

      • diverdude7


  • Gay Azn Boi

    “Black bananas are so long and curved.” O.o

    • lonetrey / Dan

      Ahaha, that one comment alarmed me a little bit too

    • dim mak

      We should try one sometime :3

      • Gay Azn Boi

        I think I’ll stick with white meat.

        • dim mak

          Where’s your sense of adventure :(

          • Gay Azn Boi

            More BBCs for you dim mak

          • Kate

            Awwww ♥♥♥


      It’s times like this when I really just want to fart on your face.

      • Gay Azn Boi

        No thanks.

        • MonkeyMouth

          does kamakazipilot want GAB to stare at his asshole?

  • dim mak

    If this was some dropped money that the owner never noticed then I can’t be too surprised

    But grabbing the guy’s cash while he’s scrambling on the ground trying to pick it up? That’s pretty low

    Expected better of Shanghai, honestly

    • Jing Li

      I saw you there!

  • You’ve got 20,000rmb, buy a bag of some sort to close this stuff up in so it doesn’t scatter all over Shanghai.

  • AnthonyLudovici

    No offense, but I find it funny how wherever you are in the world, even in places like Gulf Arab states, Central Asia, Indian subcontinent etc, a girl dating/liking a 黑人is regarded as some kind of proxy for evaluating whether she’s garbage. It’s hilarious.

  • dave

    Man, they sure spend a lot of time going back and forth blaming others. It’s Shanghai-ren’s fault! No, it must be waidi-ren! Or maybe foriegners!

    Why do people spend so much time trying to look down on others?

    • The John


      • dave

        The Korean pop singer?

        • YourSupremeCommander

          no, the song.

      • manujoro


    • Jing Li

      From my time in China, my family, and everything. Chinese generally don’t accept responsibility for their actions. I guess it’s because they really have no responsibility in their country. Everything is “handled” by the government.

      As I child, I was punished countless times for mistakes that my parents made. Fortunately, I got out of that situation when I was 18 and never looked back.

      As for this story. I don’t know. If someone is stupid enough to carry that much money and not secure it in a safe place…

      If I gave you $1000 right now in twenties, what would you do with it? Most sane people would put it in an envelope or folded piece of paper, put it in an inner jacket pocket or purse and would hold on tight to it, watching my ass all the way to the bank or my home.

      Seriously! How does ten grand (that’s 100 bills) end up fluttering through the air like confetti? You’ve either got one hell of special circumstances, or you’re a special kind of retard to let this sort of thing happen. Personally, I suspect the latter.

      I don’t know if I would have taken the guy’s money, but I certainly would have slapped him upside his head and said, “You dummy!”

  • Linette lee

    Someone please donate money to this migrate worker. This is so sad. His whole year of hard work blood and sweat away from his family.
    Those who looted the money they shall lose twice the amount they stole.

    • Jing Li

      Why? I lost twenty bucks last week. Wanna start a charity?

  • Righteous American

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

  • thmswhnr

    I used the be afraid of things like this happening to me. Since I had to pay rent 3 months at a time, which was paid in cash, I was one episode of carelessness away from such an incident. Granted, I was never carrying a year’s earnings.

  • Silent Observer

    “Shanghainese women like black people.” Is this supposed to be an insult?

    Of course Shanghai women love black people? Why act surprised?

    There was even a scandal where executive level and Chinese female stars were paying for the black shlong…get used to it pencil d–k racist

    I don’t get why these insecure males always have “black” people coming out of their mouths


    • quake

      yeah but they end up dead by other black men along with thier fiancee


      • Silent Observer

        Stop Being a Hater.

        • quake

          black guys have so much in common with white racist males. i dont see why gay asian boy doesnt go for you

          • MonkeyMouth

            dont see them chinese female stars paying for YOUR shlong, do we

          • Silent Observer

            And how do you know I’m not getting paid????

          • MonkeyMouth

            i know you are, mr observer. that was directed at quake. i/z gettin mine too. high five1

  • This show the character of Chinese under the Mao and communism. I hope Chinese before Mao and 1949 is not that lowly stooped.

    • No, it’s an example of unchecked capitalism and greed that the US pushes onto other countries. The IMF and U of Chicago neo-convicts want it that way in the US as well.

  • PandaPanda

    Rather funny how quick the Chinese always are to blame people from one particular area when stuff like this happens, while ignoring that this would take place all over China. There’s never anything wrong with ‘us’,, it’s always ‘them’.

  • Chang Liu

    Some of the comments here are pathetic. Similar situation happened to me and my mate in Shanghai. We found around 2k RMB worth of 100 notes and prompted handed it to the nearest police. Does that make all Chinese people morally superior then? What you’ve gotta understand about morality is that a lot of it is tied to a locality and community which rewards social behaviour and punishes behaviour that are deemed unworthy. In China where millions of migrant workers are uprooted from their place of origin opportunism certainly becomes more appealing. This is no different from 19th century Europe where the squalor of London and Paris produced some of the most spectacular depravity in human history. China as a comparison appears to have avoided some of the worst in comparison.

    • Jing Li

      The police a) must have thought you were a nutball and b) had a great night that night.

      • Chang Liu

        I freakin’ hope not.

  • Jing Li

    “Pathetic and shameful Shanghainese.”

    Because we all know the rest of China has such a high moral fiber…

    • Lila

      I’m not sure of that…

      I wouldn’t say that Shangaineses are better or worse than any other Chineses. But it’s true that big cities can make cold and uncaring people.

  • Monkey gu

    There are quite a few xing jiang scumbags operating in groups. They help people drop their bags and then pretend to help them to pick up their stuff. This happened to me yesterday. Monthly salary is gone. So watch your bags.

    • Dr Sun

      direct deposit from your employer into your bank, should help you next month

  • madesu

    Carelessness indeed costs you a lot.
    But it ensure you not to make the same mistake twice ;)

  • shanghairen

    That would be a bold scam if someone purposely had their money blow away and looted by people just in hope of getting it on the internet and having people donate more than was lost. But I suppose you could hire some actors to ride and walk behind you when the money blows out and collect it for you for a small fee.

    I think the anti-waidiren comments are interesting. I just think that if you live in a small town it’s hard to become a thief. People will recognize you, or if the police catch you everyone in your neighborhood will know and you’ll bring shame to your family. If you move to the big city and see a lot of s.b.’s with expensive phones you figure the odds are in your favor and even if you do get caught it won’t be that bad.

  • Kiyoshi

    Chinese society is so uncivilized! Chinese girls are so easy! What else do Chinese have in their soul? Maybe they are soulless!

    • Hongwu Emperor

      Only a true barbarian can easily define others as ‘uncivilized’, as they by themselves never seen true civilization.

    • Chang Liu

      You believe in souls? Poor sod, stop reading fairy books and grow up. Read a history book perchance then maybe you’d realise who wrote the book on civilisation.

  • Ironix

    Welcome in the land of compassion and honesty.

  • Pie

    Omg. Getting paid too much these days. In the day only earning 800 a month.

  • Tom A

    I briefly scanned this for a proper update. For those of you interested, he got all his money back AND MORE. He has donated the excess to charity.


    And, if there is anyone fluent in Chinese, please go to the microblog sites and tell those people dissing Shanghai to “eat it.”

    • Tom A

      Y’know, I read an article about Chinese video games. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9814114/China-embraces-online-gamers.html

      It reminds me of the comments I see here, and makes me a little less afraid of China as the “next superpower”. They made a game simulating Japan’s attack on China, but it’s not going too well, as the Chinese never actually make it to the Japanese, they just fight with each other.

      “The players are easily distracted from the patriotic nature of the game and have, instead, turned the games into feuds among the Chinese resistance forces. Ironically, the internal feuds are actually closer to the historical reality than the notion of a perfectly united resistance against the Japanese”.

  • bill


  • trouse

    ok i will have money thrown later on my way back home claim it 1 million as beg for donations.

  • PinoyFlip

    Can we Nuke Shanghai?

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