That’s what this article says happened in Beijing on Monday afternoon:
A foreign man scattered massive coins to deliberately lure Chinese passers-by to pick them up in order to wait for an opportunity to take photos in Jintai Road of Chaoyang District in Beijing at 4 p.m. on Monday.
What he has done has aroused popular indignation. Finally, he had to pick up the coins by himself and left in a panic.
At first this might sound like a harmless prank, but then …
There were over 30 coins thrown on the ground, both Renminbi and foreign currency, both Fen and Jiao coins.
“You insult the Chinese.”
“Pick up the money.”
“Get out of China.”
The crowd waiting for the bus was filled with righteous indignation, and the scolding sound continued.
“Even if you throw 100 Yuan, 1,000 Yuan, 10,000 Yuan or much more, nobody would pick it up,” said an old woman pointing at the foreign man.
The foreign man responded with low stiff Chinese, “Are you not Chinese beggars? Why don’t you pick up the coins?”
The original Chinese article is here but it is not much more informative than the English one since the former is but a verbatim translation of the latter. We haven’t found any other first-hand accounts or pictures of this on the internet, maybe we haven’t looked closely enough, but wherever it has been mentioned, people have just based their opinions on the original article. If anyone finds anything, leave a comment and let us know.
Picture from Sohu.com.