A man and soon-to-be legend out of Hubei province who decided that water just wasn’t worth his money decided instead to relieve his thirst by chugging down a bottle of strong Chinese liquor, ultimately leading to him passing out on the side of a road.
The 65-year-old man, surnamed Chen, is a pig farmer in the Wudang Mountains of northwestern Hubei, according to a China News report.
On the afternoon of September 6, he set off to catch a bus to visit his family and decided to walk the six-kilometer stretch to the nearest station.
About a half an hour into his trek under the scorching midday sun, Chen stopped to buy a bottle of water. He managed to find a small roadside shop but thought that the water and other drinks there were too expensive, so he opted instead for a decently priced bottle of baijiu, reasoning that it also contained water.
Chen felt good after the first few sips, but as he continued to gulp down the liquor, he started feeling weak. Baking beneath the sun, his sight grew fuzzy and he eventually collapsed in a ditch on the side of the road.
He was found at around 9:00 that evening by a random passerby who called the cops. Police arrived and propped up the man, who reeked of alcohol, and he explained what happened upon waking up.
He was taken home by police, presumably after he missed his bus.
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