Typically, when you lose something in 5 tons of garbage, it’s gone for good. But thanks to 15 incredibly dedicated Shanghai street cleaners, searching through all that trash for 3 hours in 37 degree Celsius heat, two tourists from Beijing got their missing iPhone back.
One of the tourists, Zhang Xiaoliang, told reporters that he and his girlfriend were walking around Yuyuan Garden when they suddenly realized they had carelessly left their iPhone6 behind after lunch. Zhang says that the phone had important business materials on it, Sohu News reports.
According to real-time GPS tracking, the phone had somehow ended up in a trash bin, which was empty when they arrived. Zhang tried to locate the phone once again, finding that it was now at a garbage station near the City God Temple. By the time they reached that station, the signal was gone.
Zhang guessed that the phone must be in the tons and tons of garbage. Unwilling to give up, he asked the sanitation workers for help.
After learning about the situation, Han Yiming, the boss at the station, organized 15 cleaners to help look through all the garbage for the missing phone. They started their search at 1:40 p.m. and finally found the lost iPhone at around 4:30 p.m. These guys deserve a raise.
Zhang’s girlfriend was so happy when she got her phone back, she gave Han Yiming a big hug to express her gratitude. She even tried to give him 1,000 yuan, but Han politely turned the money down, saying that it was his duty to help people
Afterward, Zhang posted an article online titled “The coolest cleaners ever” to tell the story of how Han and his coworkers had helped find the phone.
“We are really touched that you spent such a long time on finding our phone. I appreciate it very much! You guys are the pride of Shanghai! Thank you so much, the coolest cleaners ever, you’re welcome to come to Beijing anytime!” Zhang wrote.
Not too long ago, a young girl was spotted helping her street cleaner mom sweep the sidewalks while under the sweltering heat in Shanghai — also around Yuyuan Garden.
So, if you go to Yuyuan Garden, please keep track of your mobile phones and throw away all your trash.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Sohu News]