By Tom Bannister
On Friday 21st, Weibo user 郑州孩儿 posted a message that read: “A vehicle has overturned, the people that are coming to it are not helping, they are stealing things” (车翻了，来的人不是救援的，是抢东西的). Alongside the message she posted a photo that showed dozens of people scrambling to gather carrots that had spilled out from an overturned truck. After that her account remained quiet and details of the incident only emerged later on. What had happened was that in the early hours of Friday morning a truck filled with 38,000 yuan’s worth of carrots had overturned in Guigang, Guangxi. The conditions were terrible and the truck had skidded on the icy roads but instead of helping the driver, local residents instead proceeded to steal all of his carrots. The driver of the truck called up the police to say “there’s too many of them, there’s only me and my strength is too small, I can’t stop them”. By midday, he had received backup from his boss who said
“I don’t know where all these people came from to loot my carrots. one after another they came, a hundred or so of them…when I saw them taking my carrots it was unbearable, I’m really sad”
A similar incident also occurred the day before when a truck carrying apples overturned on a road in Shaanxi (picture on the left). Around 60 people came to take the apples and the reaction of the locals in both incidents has predictably disappointed netizens (although probably excited the Daily Mail). @雨的老豆O云层很厚 commented on the apple looting by highlighting differences in people’s ‘suzhi’ (quality)：”It’s the ‘suzhi’ of today’s population, it clearly demonstrates that we have become polarised“. @谷衣惊蛰 commented on the carrot incident saying：”It’s bad, but how can we demand how other people should act, this kind of thing is all about doing the right thing yourself. Saying that, there is too much of “other people all do it, so why can’t I?” way of thinking.