A web user posted an image of a supposed beggar using an iPhone 6 to take photos for his “colleagues” as they were counting money in a Beijing subway station last Wednesday.
A passer-by took the photo of three beggars and posted it to Weibo, claiming that one of them had whipped out an iPhone 6, NetEase News reports. The image became a subject of debate on social media, where some users expressed feeling envious that a beggar was able to afford an iPhone and others doubted the credibility of the post, especially the identity of the beggars and the phone.
User MissMyCat wrote: “How can you tell that’s an iPhone 6?”
“It could be a piece of false news. They don’t dress like beggars. Who would wear something like this when begging?” user 花谢花开丶 wrote.
The original poster, a user named 迷悟之间, said in a reply that he saw these people begging every day and was not able to grab the phone from the beggar to check if it was a real iPhone 6.
Some people in China choose to beg and regard it as an an efficient way to earn cash. In August, Tencent reported about a group of “professional beggars” in Zhengzhou, members of which each had a specific “role” to play when begging. One of them would lay on the ground and pretend to be sick, and another one would pray on his knees. The scene would evoke sympathy from passersby and the group was able to earn a lucrative sum. According to the report, they would go out to eat to celebrate the whole day’s income.
Previously we reported about an elderly man in Beijing who managed to make 10,000 RMB a month by begging.
By Dina Li