If you want service, you gotta pay for it, even if that service is an ambulance ride.
At least that’s the shocking lesson that one Guangzhou family learned last Thursday. According to local media reports, an elderly man at a hospital in the city was running a severe fever that was not going away. A doctor ordered that he be transferred to another hospital with more advanced equipment, and called an ambulance service to pick him up.
However, when the ambulance arrived, a paramedic informed the family that the vehicle wouldn’t be going anywhere until they were paid a small “tip” for the ride. The man handed them a couple of red envelopes and instructed them to fill one with 200 yuan for himself and another with 300 yuan for the driver.
With no other option, the boyfriend of the old man’s daughter slipped 200 yuan into one envelope and handed it to the man while the daughter filmed the interaction. Then, away they went.
Details about the incident are a bit unclear. The ambulance was part of a third-party service that isn’t affiliated with either hospital, but helps out in emergency situations in the city. The worker who demanded the hongbao has not been identified, in the video he was not wearing a name tag.
While the ambulance company claims that its workers merely took 5 yuan each from the family and apologized afterward. The daughter told the media that the company had returned the 200 yuan, telling her to keep quiet about the incident.
That doesn’t appear to have worked out for them.
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