Another day, another cautionary tale involving a college girl who gambled away all her money on the World Cup and tried inventing her own kidnapping story to extort 20,000 yuan from her parents.
According to Shanghai Daily, the student’s mother, surnamed Hu, got a text at her home in Wuxi on June 22 from a person claiming to be a kidnapper threatening to pimp her daughter unless the woman transferred 20,000 yuan into her bank account.
Hu and her husband traveled to Shanghai, from where the text had been sent, and received another message the next day asking them to deliver the money to the gate of Kunyang Road Primary school in the Minhang district.
Police discovered that the student, Xiao Cai, had left Wuxi two days before around 10:00 p.m. to “visit a friend in Shanghai” living on Jiangchuan Road.
When they visited the residence, there they found Xiao, watching a soccer game by herself unharmed.
They learned that the woman had lost around 1,000 yuan while betting for World Cup matches online, and when her parents refused to give her money, she took off for Shanghai and schemed her half-assed scheme.
According to the report, “The police chastised her for her irrational behavior.” They might have added that if she really wanted it to look legitimate, she should have mailed off a severed finger or something.