A male foreigner received a beating from bystanders on the Guangzhou subway recently for his obnoxious behaviour. Before he boarded the train, said eyewitnesses, the man had had a knife confiscated at security checkpoint. On the train, he began yelling at other passengers, calling them prostitutes, and flipping the bird at them. Later on in the altercation, a young Chinese woman who speaks English stepped in to try to talk some sense into the young man, but he would not listen, flipping her cell phone out of her hands, at which point a male passenger totally lost it — and began attacking him. The incident ended at the next station when the foreigner took his belongings and got off the train.