After chucking some coins into an airplane’s engine yesterday, one elderly woman’s luck appears to be holding out with police saying that they won’t charge her for causing a five-hour flight delay and a million yuan in damages because of her old age.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 80-year-old woman surnamed Qiu was spotted throwing coins at the engine of a China Southern Airline’s plane that was preparing to take off from the Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Guangzhou. Fellow passengers said that the woman was trying to “pray for a safe flight.”
Afterward, airport workers spent hours dismantling and searching through the engine, finding eight coins scattered around the engine and one coin inside. The pocket change, totaling up to 1.7 yuan, could have caused some serious damage during flight if they had not been discovered.
Qiu was held by police in Shanghai while her fellow passengers eventually took off, landing safely in Guangzhou a few hours later (all thanks to her). A worker put the estimated cost of the delay to the airline at 1 million yuan.
But despite the trouble that she caused, police do not plan to charge Qiu with any crime explaining that she is already over 70 years of age. She also has doesn’t have a criminal record or a history of mental illness.
However, the police’s decision hasn’t exactly gone over well on Weibo where young netizens are once again speaking out against their elders.
“Just watch, when I get old I’m going to do some stuff,” commented one netizen.
“If you’re old, you won’t be charged; if you’re young, you won’t be charged,” another web user wrote referring to seven middle school students who forced one classmate to eat feces last week and received either light administrative punishments or no punishment at all for their bullying.
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