A Zhejiang official has been sacked after photos revealed that he took a ride on a villager’s shoulders because he didn’t want to ruin his expensive shoes while visiting flood victims. The official, surnamed Wang, apparently received two piggyback rides during his post-Typhoon Fitow flood visit, which was probably the most fun anyone had following the typhoon that left 10 dead in his province.
To his credit, apparently Wang was ready to walk barefoot into the flood zone before a villager offered to hoist him on his back, as South China Morning Post reports:
A post published with the image said the official, surnamed Wang, was being carried because he was wearing a pair of high-end shoes, according to China’s state-run news agency Xinhua. […]
Mr Wang, who was wearing shoes made of cloth, was set to take them off and walk barefoot over a small pond to reach a victim’s house, the Sanqishi Township government told Xinhua.
However a villager “lifted Wang on his back despite Wang insisting on walking barefoot”, Xinhua reported.
The villager gave Mr Wang another piggyback ride as they left the house, the agency said.
The kind of man who wears expensive cloth shoes to visit a flood is, unsurprisingly, the same kind of man who has no problem hitching a piggyback ride once he gets there.
[Image on Weibo via SCMP]