Today in completely unreasonable reactions: a volunteer traffic assistant in Qingdao, Shandong province attacked a woman with a hammer because she was jaywalking during rush hour.
The ordeal went down last Tuesday at around 6:00 p.m. when the victim was seen arguing with the traffic assistant after she’d tried jaywalking at a busy intersection. The volunteer suddenly whipped a hammer out (it’s unknown why, exactly, she had it) and gave the jaywalker’s head a heavy wallop. She continued to hit the woman with the weapon until she collapsed on the ground.
Bystanders, whose pictures showed the victim lying in a pool of blood, said that the volunteer did not leave the scene but repeatedly shouted to anyone who listened: “I will not let you run a red light”.
The victim was treated in a hospital and her injuries were not life-threatening, according to Shanghai Daily. The traffic volunteer is now in police custody.
Jaywalking, as you may have noticed, is a big problem in China. Various cities, including Changsha, Shijiazhuang and Shanghai, have attempted to crack down on transgressors by publicly shaming them. Some local governments organize traffic volunteer groups to help police maintain order in the streets, but apparently it’s one of those “see yourself become the villain” situations.
[Images via Sina News]