A few fortunate residents in Nanjing were treated to quite the unusual surprise over the weekend when opening up their door to receive a delivery. There, standing in front of them, was a smiling foreigner, greeting them in Chinese: “Happy New Year! Wishing you an early happy New Year, here’s your package!”
Presumably they then went back inside and wondered what the fuck was going on.
Well, remember that state-media sponsored call to arms from last week, seeking international students to work as deliverymen during the CNY rush?
It turns out that four brave foreign guys, from Yemen and Austria, answered the call in Nanjing, donning garish yellow and blue Suning Tesco courier uniforms and setting off to combat Chinese New Year delivery chaos, in what must have been the employment experience of a lifetime.
However, Suning Tesco didn’t just throw these guys to the wolves, they were given rigorous training beforehand.
And the training wasn’t simply lifting and loading packages from door to door either, the foreigners were given a first-class introductory lesson in the booming business of express deliveries in China.
They were educated in courier etiquette, piloted around on the back of an electric scooter driven by a more experienced workmate and even taught a few simple phrases in the local Nanjing dialect to really knock recipients’ socks off.
However, fluent greetings weren’t exactly the biggest attention-grabber. Jurgen, an Austrian working at an international company, mostly caught people’s eye with his red and black mohawk. His first delivery recipient, Miss Hou, took a selfie to always remember that moment.
We should only see more of this kind of thing in the future as China tries to attract more skilled foreign laborers.
Watch a local news report on the historic opportunity:
Best of luck with the visas, guys.
By Kitty Lai
[Images China News // Video via Youku]