Do you keep a little cash in your house for a rainy day? It’s a good idea. Just don’t forget about it and sell it as scrap paper. Definitely don’t sell 1,000,000 yuan of it as scrap paper. According to the Shanghai Daily, that’s what a woman in Shanghai’s Jiading did, to the horror of her husband.
The woman, Lin, sold the money, which was wrapped in newspaper and paper bags, along with bundles of scrap paper for 7 yuan to a recycling worker.
90 minutes later, Lin and her husband realised her mistake, and ran to find the worker, Zhong Jinfeng. They found her at the gate of a neighbouring housing compound, and managed to get the money back.
Lin was not exactly forthcoming about why she and her husband kept a million yuan in cash around the house, other than to say that it was “for emergency use“. The couple also did not disclose their occupations to reporters.
China does not have government recycling programs. Instead, private operations buy and sell recyclable materials.
I took China Navis at its word when it said that the couple sold 1,000,000 yuan as scrap paper. It seems to me now, however, that this was a translation error. Google Translate software routinely translates the word wan (万), which means “ten thousand” as “million”. A million yuan in cash would probably have been too much to hand over in a bag, as the largest denomination in circulation in China is the hundred yuan note.
[Via: China Navis]