A slight graze on a car during a motorway crash led to an intensely drawn-out haggling session over as little as five yuan, the People’s Daily reports.
One driver refused to take anything below 100 yuan, whereas the other would only go as high as 80. The two thrashed it out on the motorway for a full hour, haggling until the price differential was reduced to a mere five yuan. Negotiations eventually broke down.
Both parties refused to concede, even when a traffic warden came to intervene. Infuriated, the warden eventually threw down five kuai from his own wallet, and only then did the two men leave contentedly.
It’s common knowledge Chinese people like to haggle relentlessly. In time we have also come to develop some pretty sophisticated tips and tricks to ensure that we never end up paying anything more than a fair price. But this is a prime example of how not to haggle.
One reporter from Anhui TV wryly commented that the warden should’ve chipped in his five yuan but instead fine the pair a couple of hundred yuan each for public disturbance on the motorway. That’d teach them.