In yet another case involving a good deed gone wrong in China, Wu Weiqing, 46, of Dongyuan, Guangdong Province committed suicide after helping a senior citizen who seemed to have been knocked over on New Year’s Eve.
According to the Legal Daily, while riding his motorbike, Wu spotted the apparently distressed elderly man, drove him to the local medical clinic, and paid the 3,500 RMB in medical fees himself. Two days after Wu’s act of kindness, he told his family and friends that the elderly man and his family had begun to harass him for a large sum of money for his “medical fees.” Wu’s daughter told the South China Morning Post that he “thought it better to die to prove his innocence rather than drag his family down.” His family had found his body in a pond.
In the midst of this tragedy, the elderly man’s daughter simply asked, “If he hadn’t hit my father with the motorbike, why would he be so kind as to bring my dad to the hospital and pay for his medical expenses himself?” Though her apparent cold heartedness often feeds media reports on the supposed indifference of the Chinese nation, here’s hoping that the Chinese government implements more Good Samaritan laws throughout the country.
By Sophia Solvio