Police revealed yesterday that the expat who is being deported for working illegally in Beijing was using false work information on papers. The man’s story gained media attention after he reportedly hit, injured, and verbally abused an elderly woman on his motorbike while driving without a license. His serves as a cautionary tale for expats living in China who think they can bypass the law and/or act like giant assholes and get away with it.
The expat initially made headlines on December 2 when it was speculated that an elderly woman had thrown herself in front of him while he was driving on a busy road in Beijing. Police later confirmed, however, that the man had indeed ran into her then shouted at her in both English and Chinese. The fact that he was driving an unregistered motorbike led to further investigation, wherein cops discovered that he was working illegally in the country.
China Central TV reported that the man was working as a chef in a western restaurant in Beijing, but his work and residence permits listed different employers.
The Beijinger reported that the restaurant is a well-known Sanlitun eatery.
According to CCTV, the man had been working illegally in Beijing for around four months, earning 10,000 yuan a month at the restaurant.
He still has to serve another five days administrative detention before he’s deported from the country.
His father, who was also working at the restaurant, will be deported after serving his term, as well.
The government has been aiming to crack-down on visa violators since 2011. Earlier this year, authorities began specifically targeting expat teachers in Shenzhen who were working with improper visas, arresting several for “illegal employment”.
Watch yourselves, expats.