Helping to confirm stereotypes that Chinese people go absolutely crazy for free stuff, residents a city in Shandong waited in line for over three hours amid dangerous levels of air pollution in order to receive a free wall calendar.
According to NetEase, a merchant from Liaocheng city set up a stall promoting his company at a plaza in the center of the city earlier today. As part of his efforts to drum up business, the stall was giving away free Year of the Monkey wall calendars.
This must be the most exciting thing to have happened in Liaocheng for quite some time, because by 7 a.m. two long lines of bargain-hunters eager for their free calendar had formed. Owing to the large number of people who turned out, it was not until after 10 a.m. that a large number received the gift they craved for so badly.
What makes the story of these people queuing for more than three hours to receive a calendar which can’t be worth more than 20 yuan even more astounding is that they did it in red alert smog conditions, with the temperature hovering around a chilly -5°C.
Stories of overenthusiastic responses to free giveaways crop up every few months in China. Last May a line of elderly people queuing up for free rice and oil ended up stretching for 2 kilometers into the distance.