Earlier this month, a 60-year-old farmer surnamed Ma from Qinghai province in northwestern China made the big decision to drive all the way down to Shenzhen with 32 tons of potatoes, hoping to sell them at a higher price than he could back home. However, once he arrived, there was a problem.
Ma was told that his potatoes were of too poor quality to sell at the local market — there’s also speculation that Ma had been tricked by a local dealer in an attempt to rip the old man off. Either way, after paying 16,000 yuan in transport fees and driving 2,500 kilometers in four days and four nights, he had no place to store his potatoes. With no other choice, he dumped them all on the side of the road and tried to figure out what to do next.
It didn’t take too long for the 32 tons of roadside potatoes to attract the attention of locals living on the outskirts of Shenzhen. Eventually, one concerned citizen authored a post on WeChat posting Ma’s picture and detailing his unfortunate predicament.
The post soon went viral in local WeChat circles, causing an overnight rush on Ma’s potatoes from kind-hearted and bargain-conscious residents.
By the morning, the spuds had all sold out.
After his experience, Ma obviously has a high regard for the city of Shenzhen.
“This journey is the longest I’ve ever undergone and now I can finally go home. I’m so grateful for the people who helped me here; this city impressed me greatly,” he said.
[Images via CCTV News / Shenzhen Evening News]
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