Achieving new levels of pettiness, a man in Guangdong took one for his motherland by crashing his electric scooter directly into an unsuspecting Toyota at an intersection in Zhongshan.
While the particular offense was not reported, the man surnamed Qin, claimed that he had just carried out an epic act of revenge against the Japanese nation. SCMP reports that he literally shouted: “I am taking revenge for China by damaging Japanese cars!”
After the initial collision, Qin threw his bag at the car, sending its contents all over the road. He then proceeded to bash the hood of the vehicle with a small safety sign he had picked up from the roadside.
Reports say that after being apprehended by police, Qin, the employee of a security company, managed to break free and continue his rampage, running to another vehicle of uncertain make and Hulk-smashing the windshield.
Qin originally hails from Henan province. Coincidentally, in the lead up to China’s Victory Day Parade last year, Henan was also home to an interactive tourist attraction where visitors could carry out their own acts of revenge on replicas of Japanese war criminals.
Henan also suffered heavily during World War II, due to Japanese invaders, but also after Chinese defenders broke dikes along the Yellow River to slow the advance of the Japanese army, drowning hundreds of thousands of residents. The province also suffered through one of the worst famines in recent Chinese history from 1942 to 1943 with over 2 million dying from starvation.
But that’s not to say that the two countries don’t also have more recent grievances against one another, particularly the dispute over the Diaoyu islands and another over who makes the world’s thinnest condom. Sadly, it remains a mystery what this man was so peeved about.
Still, all this animosity has not soured Chinese shoppers’ spirit. Last year, mainland travelers to Japan purportedly enjoyed a spending average of 238,800 yen ($2,393) in Japan — 100,000 yen more than other kinds of tourists.
By Matthew Patel