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China’s Moral Compass Points Directly at Their Wallets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 31, 2010


The chicoms are worried about the lack of morals that this place has, and anyone who has lived here is beyond worry and has lapsed into a sense of futility, it’s a lost cause. The following example may help to explain…
I was going to work and happened to be people watching, in China this is a fascinating hobby, what these people do, defies physics logic and usually common decency. So I was on one of those little rickshaw motorcycles and watched as some lady was peddling her way to work. She was next to a three wheeled trike-like thing that is commonly used to deliver groceries etc. The lady was no athlete and had no sense of balance, and as the trike approached, she got nervous and crashed. The trike driver, being what we in the west would call a human or responsible human with a conscious stopped to help the lady. After all, she’d taken quite a tumble, and had banged her head pretty hard on a concrete abutment.
My motorcycle rickshaw driver and I stopped to see if she was ok, the wreck was pretty violent, but remember, it was 100% her fault. The lady gets up, and as typical in China she had lost face, she had banged her head in front of many people and felt stupid. We rushed to her aid.
The lady was wobbly and rubbing her roundish head, her hair askew like errant springs in a Goodwill sofa, and she quickly began to jabber.
From what I could tell, this woman who was semi- conscious began to complain of all things! She didn’t thank the man nor us for stopping, but began to look for scape goats. First, she tried to blame my rickshaw for the accident, but we were 50 meters ahead, and I actually had a photo of this. When she saw that this logic would not work, she attacked the trike driver and insisted he pay her for the accident.
To any human or anyone who has lived in a civilized society, this is absurd, but this is China. I have seen people poked with an umbrella or briefcase and demand remuneration for their bruise and inconvenience. So, this rag-doll headed skank was trying to shake down whomever she could. She demanded that someone pay her for her miscue. The upshot was that the rickshaw guy and I got pissed, we defended the trike driver and quickly the crowd dissipated leaving the old nag alone with no cash, nor self -respect. We had tried to help her, in some places this is called being a good Samaritan, but this is China, another world another universe. As we left, the lady cursed us and banged on her bike screeching at us, indicating she’d been wronged, no one even looked back, we’d collectively been shocked.
My observations:
-who gets up after being concussed and the first thing on their minds is money
-is this why Chinese never help one another, I mean who wants to be shaken down for a good deed
-where in the hell are the morals in this place? I honestly never believed such depths of depravity could be reached…

2 Responses to “China’s Moral Compass Points Directly at Their Wallets”

  1. Slamdunk said

    Quite a story. I am thinking she will reflect on her failed efforts and be a better performer the next time she attempts such a stunt.

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