The grieving widow of a man who was hit and killed by a local bus in Shenyang received compensation from the bus company earlier this week by way of a sack filled with some 40,000 one-yuan banknotes.
The man’s widow Li Sufen was told by the company that she was entitled to 200,000 yuan, but she would have to drop by the company’s headquarters and pick it up herself, according to People’s Daily.
Which makes sense, since who the heck would want to try to carry a bag stuffed full of thousands of banknotes weighing more than 10kg? They also told her to count it, just in case they had estimated wrong.
Li had to carry that sack of mafan all the way back to her hometown. “I don’t know what to do with this money,” she told reporters.
The asshole bus company defended their compensation method by claiming that small change was all they had to give. They said they don’t use a bank and just receive cash in miniscule amounts from riders.
Angry netizens are calling bullshit on the bus company:
“Why the hell don’t they count the money themselves?” asked one netizen from Heilongjiang province.
“The bus company is deliberately making it hard for the victim’s family. They could just go to any bank,” commented another netizen from Beijing.
Others questioned if a “peasant’s” life was really only worth 200,000RMB these days. In April, a Canadian woman who accidentally killed an elderly woman from Heilongjiang at the Great Wall agreed to pay 600,000RMB in compensation.
Having kilograms worth of small change hasn’t stopped some in China from buying expensive goods, for both good and bad. This year, an obscenely rich man bought a BMW 7 Series with 100kg in small change and another man in Dongguan used a half-ton of coins to buy a truck. Meanwhile, a romantic boyfriend used 150kg in coins to buy a diamond ring for his childhood sweetheart and a homeless couple exchanged thousands of coins for 304 yuan to fund their daughter’s college tuition.
[Images via CCTV]