A team of salvagers in Zhejiang has attracted outrage for trying to charge 6,000 yuan per body to retrieve a drowned couple, Sina reports.
The couple had been arguing on a bridge when the woman decided to jump into the river (as you do). The other dove in after her in an attempt to save his partner. Both tragically drowned.
When the family found out about the deaths on the night of May 25, they immediately called up a local group of salvagers to help retrieve the bodies of the deceased. However, according to an online post on Mop, the salvagers refused, saying it was too dark to retrieve anything. The next day, they showed up, asking for a fee of 12,000 yuan to retrieve the bodies.
One of the salvagers allegedly said, “Brother, salvaging this will be very difficult, if you want us to do it, at least pay us around 12,000 yuan.”
The family was able to negotiate the fee down to 1,500 yuan per body with the support of police and bystanders.
One Weibo user commented: “Those people who lose their lives for love are sad, but aren’t those who live for money just as sad?”
[By Huizhong Wu // Image via: Mop]