On a bus in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, a final year student is busy reading through her exam revision notes when she notices that an old man beside her is literally prodding her to give up her seat for him. An argument ensues and the man is seen hitting the girl. When she then attempts to take a photo of him he completely loses it.
Some netizen reactions on QQ:
@☆倾梦新雨☆: “I never give my seat to elderly people! Sometimes I even fight with them over the seats. Who says that I have to give my seat to an elderly person every time I see one? Is public transport just for them?”
@光纤de戀: “In theory, the seat should’ve been given to the old man. But he doesn’t need it. He sure has energy to fight. There were so many people around, so why did he choose to pick on her? Because girls are an easy target. What a horrible man.”
@浪花朵朵: “In society we respect the elderly, so it is a virtue to give one’s seat to them. But if the elderly are not respectful themselves, how can we in turn respect them?”
This isn’t the first time that we have witnessed public unrest on a bus, and nor will it be the last. Earlier this week we saw a furious laowai in Chengdu screaming at a bus driver, as well as a woman hurling abuse at a migrant worker – again, in Chengdu. In Australia too, a woman was filmed on CCTV spouting racial abuse at a Chinese youth for not sitting down in his seat.
By Lisa Wang