If you load up the China Daily website right now, good luck finding any information about the minor (read: major) incident of a fiery car crash at Tiananmen square. Not even a word, because the Daily knows what today’s real news stories are and, in addition to “ABC Apologizes for [Jimmy] Kimmel Joke” it has run a piece about a drunk Chongqing man losing his car.
It’s some top-notch reportage, and definitely more noteworthy than a potential terrorist attack on one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks:
An inebriated man in Chongqing mislaid his car for nearly three months and then found it after he had bought a new one, Chongqing Times reported on Monday.
The 40-year-old man, surnamed Chen, drank too much alcohol at a dinner with friends on the night of Aug 1 and took a taxi home because he was unable to drive.
Next morning, he could not remember what had happened to his car. It was not in his garage, but the key was in his pocket. He decided that his car must have been stolen and reported it to the police.
Two months passed and Chen bought a new car costing around 200,000 yuan ($32,870).
Then on Oct 25, he received a phone call from police saying that his car had been found in a public garage near the restaurant where he had dinner with his friends.
Image if, instead of jumping barriers, killing pedestrians, and bursting into flames, the car in Tiananmen had been left there by accident! Headlines, guaranteed.