Last Saturday, when anti-Japanese protests first started spreading like wildfire across China, a self-proclaimed patriotic youth @daiqiaoying posted the following message on Sina Weibo, claiming to have gained a prized catch while participating in the looting of Japanese department store Heiwado in Changsha:
Fantastic! Today I took part in the protests and demonstrations with other patriotic people at Changsha’s Heiwado! I threw a few rocks, broke a few glass windows! Little Japanese devils! Diaoyu Islands belong to China! The best part of this is that I snagged myself a Rolex watch! Hahah! In the heat of the moment, none of us could control himself and we all went to grab it! And once again, Diaoyu Islands belong to China!
Needless to say, the post went viral on Sina Weibo, and netizens started tagging Chengdu police in their retweets to ensure that he faced the music.
His subsequent deleting of the post did nothing to stop the police reports as netizens had long captured screenshots of his tweet.
Eventually, the story proved to be a hoax. @daiqiaoying posted multiple apologies on his Sina Weibo account, saying he was at work that day and did not take part in any protest. “Inspired” by pictures that he saw online, he wrote the post to gain Weibo followers. To convince skeptical netizens, he also published screenshots of QQ conversations he had with colleagues and friends asking them what he should do with a joke taken too far. Some advised him to put up an online apology, which he subsequently did.
We really can’t decide who’s more evolved — a young mindless looter stealing shit that doesn’t belong to him, or a nincompoop dumb enough to crack such a joke at such a time? What say you?
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