A KTV girl in Dongguan became catatonic after chugging a 700 ml bottle of foreign alcohol to win a 5,000 RMB bet with a customer. Now her family is seeking 450,000 RMB in compensation from those who made the bet with her. Nanfang Insider reports:
Xiao Mo, 26, started vomiting violently shortly after she had finished downing the liquor but she wasn’t taken to hospital until four hours later. She then descended into a vegetative state, and her family have appealed to the Social Security Administration to get help covering the medical fees. The Dongguan No. 2 People’s Court is yet to set a date for the trial.
Tang Shengli from Guangdong-based law firm Baowei told the paper that both Xiao Mo and the customer Mr. Liu were responsible for the accident. She should have been aware of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and known how much drink she was capable of taking, according to Tang.
The court reportedly won’t rule it a workplace injury since drinking with customers was not in the job description.
Nanfang insider blames the incident on applying “ganbei culture” to Western drinks when it should be reserved for baijiu (not 700ml of it in one go, we assume). However, while the Chinese have a knack for “ganbeing” everything from red wine to whiskey on the rocks, this accident seems more like an isolated case of drinking machismo gone awry non-specific to China.
Also, kind of a douche line, Nanfang Insider: “Is it a waste to simply neck foreign alcohol (which is expensive by definition)?”