A Guangdong migrant worker in his 60s tragically found around 80 thousand yuan he’d stored in his shed was eaten by termites to half of the original amount.
The man, surnamed Cheng, had been earning a living by fish-farming in the Sanshui district of Guangdong’s Foshan city. After years of hard work, he’d saved 80 thousands RMB. Wary of putting his money in the bank, he chose to hide eight bundles of one hundred RMB notes in the shed by the pond.
After a few months, Cheng found, to his horror, that the bag of savings was full of termites, and almost half of the bundles of cash notes had become nothing more than paper debris.
Cheng sought assistance from police, who helped him count the cash. Together, they attempted to piece together the torn-up notes, but most of the bills had been chewed up into irregular shapes that were hard to put together. On top of all that, humid air near the pond led to several cash notes sticking together into wads of money that were nearly impossible to separate.
Police accompanied Cheng to the People’s Bank of China for an exchange, but because of the extensive damage caused by termites, he could only get back 40 thousands RMB.
The bank said that similar incidents have occurred before. If previous stories have taught us anything, it’s to avoid keeping large sums of money at home, because at least the bank is more reliable than termites, toddlers and thieves (oh, and corrupt officials).
[Images Via The Sun]
By Jennifer Hui