Old Man Slaps Youth For Not Giving Up Seat, Then Suddenly Dies

An elderly man lay dead on a public bus in China after an argment with a youth over giving up a seat for the elderly.

An elderly man lay dead on a public bus in China after an argment with a youth over giving up a seat for the elderly.

This was the most-discussed article of the day on popular Chinese web portal NetEase. With nearly 50k comments and over 350k participants, it currently has more than 3x the comments and almost 10x the participants as the second most-discussed article, which was about the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus….

From NetEase:

Elderly Person Slaps Young Person Four Times After Asking the Latter to Give Up Seat Without Success, Suddenly Dies After Argument

An elderly person slapped a young person four times after arguing with the young person over giving up one’s seat, and then collapsed in the public bus in anger. When paramedics arrived, the elderly person was no longer breathing. Yesterday afternoon, this scene that happened on the 919 Route public bus left people sighing [shaking their heads].

Yesterday at 4:50pm, about 50 meters north of the Zhongyuan Road and Qinling Road intersection, a 919 Route west-bound public bus was stopped on the fast lane. Emergency medical personnel were attempting to revive an elderly person in the bus.

“The elderly person must’ve been so angry that it triggered something bad. He wanted a youth around 20 years old to give up their seat, but the young person refused, so the two began arguing, and the elderly person slapped the youth 4 times,” said a passenger surnamed Wang.

Driver Ge says at around 4:30pm, while approaching the Tongbai Road and Jianshe Road intersection, he had told the two to get off the bus after hearing the arguing, but by the time he reached the intersection, the two were no longer arguing. “It was at that moment that someone said the elder person had collapsed and I immediately stopped the bus.” Driver Ge says he doesn’t know when the young person who had been arguing with the elderly person had gotten off the bus.

After 40 minutes of resuscitation efforts, paramedics gave up. According to the paramedics, they didn’t discover any wounds on the elderly person, so the elderly person’s sudden death is probably related to a sudden heart-attack or stroke.

Comments from NetEase:

菜老包 [网易山东省网友]:

Even God has had enough! When outside in society, one should be benevolent to each other, and even if you’re lucky enough to not have run into Gao Yulun [a recently escaped Chinese convict who has been in the news], God is still watching. I’m not even 30 years old and I already understand this, so why don’t you, you muddle-headed old man?

网易黑龙江省双鸭山市网友 ip:122.158.*.*

Petty-minded, getting so angry as to kill yourself just because someone refuses to give you their seat! This old man is so mature, he’s sure

世上没有傻瓜 [网易广西北海市网友]:

If he didn’t look for trouble, he wouldn’t have died!

不明真相8 [网易天津市滨海新区网友]:

Do they want the victim to pay compensation to the old hooligan/thug?

蓝果果 [网易山东省东营市网友]:

This incident tells us that if you can, then give up your seat. Is someone being a “good” or “bad” person really more important than a person’s life? I don’t know, but I’ll follow my own heart. From the perspective of developmental psychology, the elderly are more sensitive about face [being respected], andtheir hearts are more frail. They have to confront their bodies getting worse day by day, from no longer being able to run to no longer being able to walk, up until they are no longer able to move. Don’t try to conjecture the good and bad of the elderly, just do what you are supposed to do. After all, there are big differences between the education and views the elderly were brought up with and what things are like now.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:111.192.*.*

The be accurate, the young guy not giving up his seat has nothing to do with the young guy but with the ticket seller [fare collector, conductor], driver, and public bus company. The ticket seller should’ve proactively spoke up and asked that the seat be given up for the elderly person. This is what happens in Beijing.

网易河北省唐山市网友 [hanchengrui2002]:

The more fierce/violent the temper,
the more common slaps and beatings are.
Giving up seats on the bus cannot be forced,
and they cannot be barbarically taken.
Those who rely on their old age exploit their old age everywhere,
with disbelief and incredulity occurring everywhere.
Shamelessly behaving like a hooligan,
losing your life is deserved after angering the Heavens. — Moon Over the West River

张二驴 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]: (responding to above)

Losing your life is deserved after angering the heavens,
such words really shouldn’t be uttered.
Everyone will get old,
every body will get sick.
Even if you don’t have an older brother,
you must have a father and mother,
But even if it is just you,
it doesn’t mean you will get old,
and because you’re a thug/hooligan,
you will die prematurely!

刘大宝子 [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]:

The youth may not have become physical,
but the argument with the youth was ultimately still one of the reasons that caused the elderly person’s death.
This youth should bear legal responsibility.
A seat, what it worth it?
Although I bought a car this year, I will still occasionally ride the public bus,
and when I encounter a pregnant woman, elderly, or children, I definitely voluntarily get up to give them my seat.

网易法国手机网友 [捣蛋包儿]:

Although hitting others is wrong, him dying also isn’t the result people want to see~ We don’t know the details of the argument, but I also don’t promote youths not giving up their seats either. If you really encounter an unreasonable elderly person, just yield and let it go. Why make it so that everyone is angry? Everyone has elderly relatives at home, so if you can give in, then give in. Even if you allow an unreasonable elderly person to take “petty advantage” of you, there’s no real harm, so just make it easier on them. After all, everyone should still be promoting good morals and ethics, of respecting the elderly and cherishing the young. Even if there is a minority of shameless old people in society, we still shouldn’t change the imparting of good moral values and ethical behavior. I hope everyone won’t let a minority of nasty behavior and phenomenon [by elderly people] affect their benevolence, because there are still more good people than bad people after all~ May the elderly person rest in peace…

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:123.138.*.* (responding to above)

Your comment is the only one that has any humanity in it. All the other commenters are beasts. Do your families not have any elderly people? Are you not going to become old one day? (Maybe you’re so bad that you won’t survive until you’re old.) This comments section is filled with the barking of beasts. You people will sooner or later suffer heavenly retribution for the bullshit you’ve posted here!


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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